Orthodontic care improves patient's confidence from teeth that looked better and improves oral health properly aligned teeth are easier to keep clean. Adults feel comfortable with orthodontic care later in life thanks to innovative changes in the field and the benefits of clear braces for adults. Although the most ideal time to complete orthodontics is while the patient is still growing, any age is the right age for ortho care!
Benefits of Clear Braces
The benefits of clear braces became evident as growing numbers of adult patients began to pursue care. Adults were now able to improve the appearance and function of their smile without having conspicuous metal attachments. These new aligners can be removed for eating meals and every day brushing and flossing; afterward, they could be placed back in the mouth to continue tooth movement.
Straighter teeth are healthier in form and function. Teeth that are in alignment gather less plaque simply because they are easier to clean with proper brushing and flossing techniques. The gums fit the teeth more snugly when the teeth do not overlap, leading to a decreased risk of periodontal disease. Periodontal disease has been proven to contribute to other systemic illnesses, so straighter teeth not only contribute to a healthy mouth but can contribute to better overall health.
Another of the benefits of clear braces is a decrease in the traumatic wear that can result from teeth that do not fit together properly. Teeth can chip, break, or wear at the gumline. Crowded, misaligned teeth place unnatural stress on the jaw. Using clear braces to align adult teeth can prevent patients from the need to invest significant amounts of money in restorations.
The ultimate goal of dental care providers is to retain each patient's teeth for life. The benefits of clear braces extend far beyond a pretty smile. Clear braces offer an opportunity to straighten teeth while raising the patient's confidence level in daily life. Although not every patient is a candidate for invisible braces, the products do provide a large percentage of individuals with improved oral health.
This article is intended to promote understanding of and knowledge about general oral health topics. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your dentist or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or treatment.
Brian Y. Kuo DDS FAGD