Just as straight, white teeth convey youth, a smile with crooked, discolored, or worn teeth is associated with age. Beautifully straight, symmetrical white teeth cannot only make you look younger, but they can dramatically improve your confidence.
Even if you started out with perfectly straight teeth, something called mesial drift may have caused your teeth to shift over time. The orthodontic problems you may be living with as an adult raise more than cosmetic concerns. Crowded teeth are not only an instant giveaway of age, crowded or overlapping teeth can be difficult to clean, making tooth decay and gum disease more likely. Teeth that don't come together properly when you close your jaws can cause chewing and swallowing problems. Poor tooth alignment can also make it difficult to pronounce certain sounds and can put excessive stress on the chewing muscles, causing facial pain.
The science of orthodontics relies on placing pressure on the teeth to change their position and as long as you have healthy teeth and gums, the biological process involved in tooth movement is the same for both children and adults.
As an adult, you might think that your options for having your teeth corrected are limited, but today's orthodontic treatment options offer a variety of braces and appliances that are comfortable, aesthetic, and customized to meet your needs. Depending on your budget and the severity of your orthodontic problem, Dr. Medina will discuss your options to ensure your treatment plan fits your lifestyle.
You are never too old for orthodontic treatment. Orthodontic treatment can be just as successful for adults as it is for children. Don’t let your age keep you from having the smile you have always dreamed of.