Why You Should Get Braces As An Adult

Adult Braces Can Correct Several Oral Issues

Many children receive orthodontic treatment for a number of oral issues to avoid orthodontic problems in the future. But what about adults? The answer is a resounding yes — adults should absolutely get braces! In adults, the process may require more time, as fully-developed teeth have already emerged and the jaw has stopped growing, but braces are still as effective in treating the following oral issues and more.

Crowded Or Overlapping Teeth

Crowded and/or overlapped teeth are difficult to clean, even with regular brushing and flossing. Crowded teeth have a heightened risk of developing tooth decay and gum disease. Overlapping teeth can also cause discomfort when biting or chewing.

Malocclusion

Malocclusion is any misalignment of the upper and lower teeth and overall bite. When malocclusion occurs, it can be in the form of a crossbite, open bite, overbite, or underbite. The condition leads to ineffective chewing and abnormal distribution of biting force, which can cause broken teeth or tooth loss. Because the level of malocclusion can vary, Dr. Mullally, your orthodontist in Gainesville, can determine what treatment will be effective for your case.

Speech Impediments

Tooth alignment has a considerable role in our ability to speak. A lisp is generally caused by an overbite or, to a lesser degree, gaps between teeth. Stuttering or slurred speech is related to jaw structure and tooth placement. Though Gainesville orthodontics aren’t a cure-all for every speech impediment, braces for adults can help reduce the severity or apparency of these impediments.

Benefits Of Adult Braces In Gainesville

When it comes to listing the benefits of having braces for adults, the team at Studio32 Orthodontics could go on and on. But these are the two biggest benefits our patients tell us about time and time again!

Easier Brushing & Flossing

Misaligned teeth provide good hiding places for bacteria and plaque to hide away from the reach of a toothbrush and floss. Even a small amount of build up can cause both oral and general health issues unless the teeth are properly cleaned. But once teeth are straightened with adult orthodontics, many patients find brushing and flossing to be much easier!

Increased Self-Confidence

No matter their age, many people can be self-conscious about their appearance — especially their smile. Though it generally takes longer for braces for adults to be effective, the wait is worth a beautiful and healthy smile.

Adult Orthodontics Have Greatly Improved

The days when braces for adults meant months of discomfort as teeth shifted into place are gone. In years past, the choices for orthodontia were limited — usually, just metal braces. But now, adults who visit with Dr. Mullally at Studio32 Orthodontics find that treatment means more options for types of braces and less discomfort!

Metal/Conventional Braces

Metal, or conventional, braces use high-grade, stainless steel brackets and wires to move teeth into proper alignment. Depending on your needs, Dr. Mullally may use heat-activated archwires that cause less pain while speeding up tooth movement.

Ceramic Braces

The only difference between ceramic and metal braces are the brackets, which are clear or tooth-colored and made from ceramic. Ceramic braces are a popular choice among adults with braces, as they are less noticeable than conventional wire braces.

Lingual Braces

Lingual braces are often called invisible adult braces in Gainesville. This is because the brackets and archwires adhere to the back of the teeth instead of the front.

Invisalign/Clear Plastic Aligners

Invisalign braces use a series of clear plastic trays that are customized to fit your mouth and teeth during each stage of treatment. Many adults are attracted to this form of orthodontia because of the convenience and subtle aesthetic. The removable aligners allow individuals to eat, drink, brush and floss as they would before treatment.

The team at Studio32 Orthodontics understands the idea of having braces, even as an adult, can cause apprehension. But rest assured that we do everything possible to make every orthodontic treatment an enjoyable experience! Dr. Mullally creates a fully-custom treatment plan for each patient and explains everything you need to know about getting braces, starting with a comprehensive consultation. To learn more about adult braces in Gainesville, contact Studio32 Orthodontics today!