You’re never too old to benefit from orthodontic treatment. Today, adults make up about one in every 5 orthodontic patients. Orthodontic treatment is not just for looking good. While it can help correct crooked teeth or spaces you’ve been self-conscious about for years; leaving misaligned teeth untreated can lead to other dental problems including abnormal wearing of tooth surfaces and a misaligned bite can cause problems with your TMJ.
Most adults are candidates for orthodontic treatment. Healthy teeth can be moved at any age, and many times adults have a need for only limited orthodontics, making their total treatment time much shorter.
I recently approached Dr. Glass about correcting the alignment of my two front teeth. While they weren’t horribly crooked, they were noticeable to me, particularly in pictures and it made me self-conscious. I felt like the problem might be too minor to address at all, but after consultation with Dr. Glass, I learned that my teeth were moderately rotated and my bite was also off. Even though my teeth could have been cosmetically straightened with veneers, the better course of treatment was limited orthodontics on my front 6 teeth, correcting my bite and turning my teeth. I was pleasantly surprised at how quickly my teeth began to move, and symptoms of TMD (Temproal Mandibular Joint Disorder) that I had learned to ignore were disappearing. Dr. Glass adjusted my braces every couple of weeks, and I would experience some pressure and discomfort, but never anything that wasn’t easily managed with ibuprofen. After 3 short months my braces came off and I was fitted with a permanent retainer. I couldn’t be happier with the results and my new smile was well worth three months of braces! I have since learned that left untreated, my joint disorder would have only continued to get worse causing me a lifetime of problems and pain.
If you have any questions or concerns about the alignment of your teeth and would like to know if orthodontics would be an option for you, come by for a free consultation with Dr. Glass.
It doesn’t matter if you are kissing your five year old, your spouse/significant other or your grandmother, no one wants to kiss or be kissed by someone with poor oral hygiene. Surveys have shown that the first thing most people will notice when meeting someone new is their smile. That is the perfect reason to maintain your healthy smile on Valentine’s Day and all year long. Your healthy mouth starts with you! Brushing and flossing twice a day and avoiding sugary and acidic foods will help you keep your smile bright and healthy. Another important thing to remember is to keep your 6 month appointments for professional cleanings. When bacteria and decay are caught and corrected early you prevent it from spreading to healthy parts of your mouth and causing your pearly whites further damage.
A dry mouth is one of the most common and easily reversible causes of halitosis (bad breath) so remember to drink plenty of water. If you choose to freshen your breath with mints and gum, remember to choose products that contain the natural sweetener xylitol as studies have proven that it actually reduces your risk of getting cavities.
If you are unsatisfied with the appearance of your teeth, there are many things that Dr. Glass can do to help you get the smile you’ve always wanted. From something as simple as a whitening tray to brighten your smile, veneers that change the overall aesthetics of your smile or orthodontia (yes, even for adults) to re-align wayward teeth, Dr. Glass can have you smiling more than ever before and will help you be sure your mouth is kissable all year long!