Why Adults Should Move Forward With Correcting Their Dental Misalignment

Posted on: 22 April 2019

If your teeth are crooked, you may want them straightened. However, you may still be unsure of whether or not you should move forward with an orthodontic correction, especially if you are already an adult. Here a few reasons why an adult should not delay the correction of their dental misalignment.

Braces Can Be Discreet

Nowadays, orthodontic appliances don't have to be large and bulky. In the past, people who wanted their teeth straightened may have had no treatment options beyond traditional metal braces. However, today's adults with crooked teeth can choose from a variety of effective but discreet teeth-straightening appliances, such as:

  • Clear braces. Clear braces include brackets that are tooth-colored or clear, making them difficult to see in the wearer's mouth.
  • Lingual braces. Lingual braces have metal brackets that are positioned on the tooth surface that is adjacent to the tongue. The brackets, although made of metal, are hidden from view due to their placement.
  • Clear aligners. Clear plastic aligners are not braces but can correct a moderate or minor dental misalignment. The aligners are removable appliances that are placed over the teeth like specialized retainers. Due to the transparency of the plastic, the aligners are not easily seen while worn.

Teeth Can Become Increasingly Misaligned

Your teeth may become increasingly crooked over time. Teeth can migrate even after you have reached adulthood. The additional movement of the teeth can be due to a number of factors, such as the extraction of a tooth or the growth of the wisdom teeth. 

The misalignment can be corrected with the proper orthodontic treatment. However, to maintain the new position of the teeth, the orthodontist may prescribe a retainer. 

Misaligned Teeth May Decay More Easily

Although the tooth material of misaligned teeth may initially be as healthy as that of straight teeth, a dental misalignment can make proper brushing and flossing more difficult. With certain issues, such as dental crowding, the spaces between the teeth may be too tight to permit the entry of dental floss. 

Without the thorough removal of dental plaque from all the dental surfaces, bacterial acids can build up in the mouth, demineralizing the teeth and causing the formation of cavities. Straight teeth may be more easily maintained.

Straight Teeth Are Attractive

Straight teeth are often considered more attractive than their misaligned counterparts. Even if you have become accustomed to having crooked teeth, the proper positioning of your teeth can enhance your appearance.

To learn more about adult orthodontic options like adult braces, schedule a consultation with an orthodontist in your local area.