Smiles are a huge part of our identity, how we see ourselves and how others see us.
Some may have spent their lives hiding their smiles and others may regret not getting braces at a younger age.
Now, as an adult, it’s common to wonder if now is the time to do something about your smile.
Today, more adults are improving their smiles with braces. Straightening teeth is an option that’s easier than ever before, at any age.
Improved technology and advanced orthodontic treatments can create a beautiful smile in far less time, with greater comfort, and better results.
Benefits of Braces
- Healthier teeth and gums
- Confidence to excel in school, work, and personal life
- Broader smile
- Happier, greater self-esteem
- Better chewing
- Reduced wear
- Enhanced facial features
- Clearer speech for interviews, public speaking, enhanced job skills
Factors to Consider
When considering orthodontic treatment, we encourage to ask yourself a few questions. We will explore these in the sections below.
Am I too Old to Have Braces?
No, not at all. When it comes to orthodontic treatment, there are no age restrictions. In fact, over four million people in the United States wear braces, and 25 percent of those people are adults.
More and more, adults are seeing the advantages straighter teeth can have to their personal life, their health, and career goals.
Your first step would be to schedule a consultation with Dr. Righellis to ensure you are a good candidate for braces. During this appointment, he will examine your mouth and will build up a comprehensive oral review in order to create the best plan for treatment for you.
Are Self-Conscious About Your Teeth?
Some individuals have orthodontic issues that create significant dental problems and create quality of life concerns. Some people just want to improve their appearance.
If you find yourself embarrassed or self-conscious when you laugh, smile, or talk to others, then it may be time to consider braces.
Do I Avoid Pictures?
Take a closer look at how you react when someone pulls out a camera. Avoiding photos or keeping your mouth closed when someone does snap a picture, could be a sign that your orthodontic problem is negatively impacting your life.
Just having braces can create bigger smiles and there are options available to you where you can avoid conspicuous brackets and wires.
Do My Malocclusions Impact My Oral Health?
Malocclusions are an abnormal alignment of the upper and lower teeth. You may suffer from a misaligned bite, crowded or widely gapped teeth, or maybe a protruded jaw. Some of these orthodontic issues create additional problems such as difficulty keeping your mouth closed, trouble when you chew or speak, and an inability to properly clean your teeth.
If you have hard to reach areas in your mouth that affect your brushing and flossing, this can easily lead to gum loss, gingivitis, periodontal disease, tooth decay, and eventually tooth loss. Straight teeth are much easier to clean. But braces are not just about straight teeth. Ensuring your mouth functions correctly is also a very important part.
How Long is the Average Treatment Time?
Orthodontic treatment times can be anywhere from 12 to 36 months. Your prognosis will depend upon the severity of your malocclusion and the treatment plan Dr. Righellis will outline for you.
There are several different options for braces however your best option will be dependent upon what you’re trying to accomplish and budget parameters. Dr. Righellis will review all the methods of treatment with you so you can make a well-informed decision.
Schedule a Consultation Today
Remember, the end goal is a healthier mouth and a happier, more beautiful smile. Call us today at 510-482-0060 for a no pressure consultation at our Oakland, CA practice. You can also contact us online anytime.