Walla Walla Orthodontics sees a lot of adults in our orthodontic practice. In fact, one in every five patients undergoing orthodontic treatment nationwide is over the age of 21. The truth of the matter is, adults tend to be more compliant and can really fully appreciate the benefits of having a beautiful smile. You’re never too old for a healthy grin and the confidence that comes with it.
Benefits of Adult Orthodontic Treatment
It’s time to take care of you! A beautiful smile, that’s the obvious benefit of undergoing orthodontic treatment regardless of your age. The boost in self-esteem associated with it can trickle over into all areas of your life including your relationships and career. However, there’s way more to it than cosmetic appeal. Straightening your teeth can help ward off tooth decay, gum disease, bone loss and eventual tooth loss, early wear of the enamel and headaches and pain from irregularities in the jaw. Straighter teeth makes teeth easier to keep clean with flossing and brushing, and may help prevent other health problems.
The Path to a New Smile
Since your jaw isn’t growing anymore and you may have already experienced some breakdown in the bone that supports the teeth, occasionally, the amount and direction of tooth movement is a little more limited with older patients. However, adults tend to be a lot more motivated and willing to follow Dr. Christopher´s instructions, which can lead to better results. Adults are also usually candidates for esthetic options like clear braces and Invisalign so you can straighten your teeth without brackets and wires getting in the way.
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