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When thinking of braces many people think of teens and middle school and never consider getting braces as an adult.  Most adults think, “I’m already a full grown human being, I can’t get braces.” We’re sorry to tell you this, but you are wrong. Just like your 13 year old, you can definitely get braces. Getting braces as an adult is much more common than you think.

More and more adults are looking into orthodontic treatment for a number of reasons. The attitudes toward straightening teeth are pretty much the same at any age. It’s okay to want to improve your smile or correct any other issue regarding your teeth. Little Heroes Dentistry wants to help even our Big Heroes have a perfect smile.

Wearing braces can improve your health and give that extra boost to your self esteem. Remember, you are the example for our Little Heroes, so don’t let them down.  According to the Academy of General Dentistry, today about one million Americans over the age of 18 are wearing braces.

You are probably thinking about the metal in your mouth and may not like the idea of having visible braces. Dentists are now offering their adult patient’s options that are a little less noticeable than traditional metal braces. Some of these options include clear aligners, porcelain braces and back-of-the-teeth lingual braces. Braces have definitely evolved over the years. The brackets that we use today are smaller, and no longer are bands that wrap around your teeth. Ceramic braces are pretty popular with adults right now because of the cosmetic appeal. These braces are made of a clear material, so they are almost invisible. An additional option for teeth that is trendy with adults is Invisalign. These clear, removable, plastic aligners are worn over the teeth and do not require metal or wires. When using Invisalign, there are no food restrictions, and you’ll be able to brush and floss like you normally would. Because of such advances, wearing braces is less painful and requires less time now than it did a couple years ago.

Your smile is one of the most beautiful accessories an individual can wear. When you smile, you can have a positive impact on the people around you.  Sometimes when you are not happy with the way your teeth look you don’t like to show them off and so you don’t smile. Getting braces can drastically help your teeth and have you smiling in no time.

Keep in mind that, teeth can shift at any age. If you have suffered an injury, have a health condition, or simply natural growth, braces can help realign your teeth. Even if you had braces in the past, it is possible that you may need them again. Some individuals who had braces as a child or young adult may need to get them a second time. As we get older some people’s mouths change naturally. However, you typically wouldn’t need for the am period of time as the first instance. Research has shown that the misalignment in adults is similar to the frequency in children and teens. When you have a cross bite or if your teeth are misaligned, you have an increased chance of plaque and food buildup between your teeth. This means you may be in risk of periodontal disease or gum disease.

And if the periodontal disease didn’t entice you to “brace” yourself. Problems with your mouth may not be the only health concerns you face if your teeth are not straight or if your bite is a little off. If you suffer from headaches and earaches, that could be in relation to problems with your teeth and mouth.  If you have an improper bite you may not be able to chew your food properly, which may lead to gastrointestinal problems.

Maybe you’ve been contemplating about getting braces for a while, but you haven’t quite yet made the decision. The results from wearing braces will amaze you and when you see that bright, beautiful smile you’ll be questioning why you hesitated to begin with. Here at Little Heroes, we understand that as adults time is everything and there never seems to be enough of it. So you put off things, such as dental appointments, visits to your medical physician. We want you to try and make a little time for yourself and come in for a consultation.  You deserve to have that stunning, healthy smile you’ve always wanted, let us give it to you.

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