About 20% of people in braces are adults. Some of these adults had braces as adolescents or teens and their teeth have moved over time. Others never had braces and want to straighten crooked or crowded teeth to create a more pleasing smile. Some of these adults go into orthodontic treatment because of a misaligned bite, which can lead to TMJ (jaw joint) disorder.
Proper alignment of teeth helps jaw joints and facial muscles move harmoniously during chewing, speaking and even yawning. When teeth move out of alignment, this result can be worn, chipped or broken teeth. The jaw joint is also strained when teeth are not properly aligned. This can lead to night-time clenching and grinding, migraines, frequent headaches, jaw popping and tenderness, ear ringing, vertigo and facial pain.
Although some adults may feel awkward about wearing braces, it’s generally seen as a sign of a health-conscious individual. Having (or the pursuit of) an attractive smile and healthy bite alignment is a positive reflection on an adult of any age. Additionally, straightening natural teeth is typically less expensive than smile enhancement through porcelain veneers and crowns. And, natural teeth, with proper care, are made to last your lifetime.
Orthodontic treatment ensures a natural balance in your mouth that supports all other structures. For those who want straight teeth but not the look or feel of brackets or wires, Dr. Barbat and orthodontist Dr. Jerry Wesley are both Certified in Invisalign and Invisalign Teen. This realignment system uses clear molds to gradually move teeth into proper position, but at a faster pace than traditional braces, in most cases. The molds also are removable for eating and brushing and generally undetectable in a smile.
However, Invisalign treatment is more expensive than traditional braces in the majority of cases. For this reason, adults can weigh the advantages of both options and determine which is most appropriate. Dr. Wesley is an orthodontic specialist and provides complete services for realigning teeth for an optimal bite along with an attractive smile.
If you are contemplating orthodontic treatment (whether Invisalign or traditional braces), ask for a complimentary consultation and exam with Dr. Barbat or Dr. Wesley. Call toll free 1-866-9-Smiles to schedule. During this time, they will be happy to answer your questions and make recommendations that are best your needs and goals. Payment options will also be discussed.