Do You Need Adult Orthodontics?
We’ve previously looked at the differences between orthodontics for children and adults in the Lynn Dental Care blog, but how do you know if you need braces as an adult? We’d like to take a look at some of the signs that getting adult braces might be a benefit for you.
Self Conscious About Your Smile?
For most adults who find themselves considering getting braces, this is a major factor. If your teeth are crowded or crooked, you could find yourself feeling self-conscious about smiling, or your appearance in general. Your teeth can do a surprising amount for your self-confidence, and disliking how they look can have a really negative effect. Beyond appearances, crowded or crooked teeth can also make it harder to keep them clean, leading to problems with plaque buildup, cavities, and tooth decay further down the line.
You Experience Jaw Or Tooth Pain Frequently
Do you frequently feel twinges of aches and pains in your mouth or jaw? If you’re experiencing mystery aches and pains in your mouth, it could be a sign that you would benefit from orthodontics intervention. An overbite or an underbite – even if it’s minor – can lead to persistent pain due to your jaw and the surrounding muscles having to work harder to chew, or allow you speak properly. Over time, if you leave it untreated, this can cause some serious, not to mention painful, issues.
You Have Trouble Properly Chewing or Eating
Speaking of chewing, if you have problems chewing food then it could be because of misaligned or crooked teeth. Even small problems in the placement or angle of your teeth can cause problems with eating, since you’re having to work extra hard to have your teeth meet in order to chew your food. Obviously, if eating is hard, you might end up avoiding certain foods that you really shouldn’t, and orthodontics could be a big help.
You Keep Biting Your Cheek
If you keep accidentally biting the inside of your cheek, this could be another sign of misalignment. If your teeth aren’t lined up properly, they’re more likely to catch the fleshy part of the inside of your mouth when you close your jaw, which is uncomfortable and often frustrating.
You Have A Speech Impediment
It can be very difficult not to be self-conscious about having a speech impediment, even if you’re the only one who notices most of the time. A surprising number of speech impediments are caused by crooked or misaligned teeth making it hard to properly say certain words. It can also make it harder to breathe with your mouth closed – both issues that can potentially fixed with adult orthodontics.
You Might Not Even Know Your Teeth Are Misaligned
You don’t have to have demonstrated all the above signs to potentially need braces, even just one could mean your teeth aren’t properly aligned. Suffering from the symptoms isn’t just uncomfortable, but it can also lead to long-term consequences for your teeth, mouth, and jaw.
Adult Orthodontics Advancements
Fortunately, adult orthodontics is effective, even though your body and bones generally move less as you get older. Your body will always adapt to different conditions, and braces can still work to improve the alignment of your adult teeth. If you’re self-conscious about braces, you also have some great, subtle and low-profile options, such as Invisalign, when you’re considering adult orthodontics. Contact Lynn Dental Care today to find out more.