Top 3 Myths About Braces for Adults

December 26, 2013

Although braces used to be a staple of childhood growth, modern times see people of all ages using them. If you refrained from using braces during your youth, it is important to know that it is never too late to correct your teeth. There are several common myths about braces for adults, but keep in mind that they are merely myths. Here are the top three.

Woman with Braces

Adults Rarely Wear Braces
More and more adults, both young and old, are choosing to use braces to reposition their teeth. There are a number of factors that may contribute to this. For people who were unable to afford braces in their youth, they may simply be more financially stable in adulthood and thus able to use them. They may also be more health conscious and see braces as a way to improve their look as well as the quality of their teeth, gums, and jaws. Now adults make up a significant portion of the population of people who wear braces.

Braces are Bulky and Unattractive
In the past, braces have been associated with the term “metal mouth” due to large and distracting brackets and wires. Fortunately, medical advancements have provided for more discreet correction, using smaller brackets or clear braces. Now there is no worry of braces making you look unprofessional or unattractive.

Braces are Purely for Cosmetic Purposes
While braces provide obvious long-term cosmetic benefits, adults should be aware that they also have a positive impact on health. Food and plaque can build up between crooked and unhealthy teeth, which can contribute to gum disease. Dental problems may even prevent you from properly chewing your food, which puts you at risk for gastrointestinal problems. Braces can help prevent a cosmetic problem from developing into a health concern.

Call Seligman Orthodontics at (646) 681-8516 to find out more about braces for adults. Dr. Seligman specializes in the Damon System, retainers, and Invisalign as well. Stop by our Park Avenue office in New York City or visit our website to learn more.

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