Are there any advantages to wearing a fitted orthodontic appliance in adulthood? In this article, this question is explored by looking at the benefits of undertaking an orthodontic correction later in life.
But, it is worth noting that they are indeed versatile and can correct a wider range of dental misalignments without issue. So, if you have a protrusion or have issues with your molar teeth lining up, a fitted appliance is more likely to alleviate these issues than an invisible or clear one. Great!
Better physical health
If you have ever looked into dentistry, you will note that many articles emphasise the link between good dental health and good physical health. This is not a misnomer. If you have better teeth, that is, teeth with lower levels of plaque on them, you are at a lowered risk of developing gum disease, which has been linked to heart disease, strokes and even a higher likelihood of developing cancer. As any kind of orthodontic tool reduces the chance of you developing excess levels of plaque in your mouth, this in turn reduces the likelihood of you developing any of these serious secondary complications.
Reduced risk of gum disease
Many adults believe that they will either never succumb to gum disease, or that it in itself is not that big of a deal. However, gum disease is the leading cause of adults losing their teeth; left untreated, it can cause the bone around the tooth to recede and the tooth to fall out. An orthodontic tool can help to reduce the likelihood of this; plaque is the leading cause of gum disease and, if you have misaligned teeth, this can lead to plaque building up in your mouth, as it is harder to clean teeth that are not properly aligned. Ergo, wearing any kind of orthodontic tool can help you get better access to those hidden pockets of plaque and you can reduce your risk of developing gum disease. Great!
Lower chance of tooth decay
If you ever knew anyone in high school who wore a fitted metal appliance, you may be curious and even puzzled as to how this fitted appliance can prevent tooth decay. Well, while it is being worn, there is indeed a higher chance that tooth decay may develop, and you will likely need to visit a hygienist regularly to keep plaque levels down. But any dentist will tell you that if you have misaligned teeth, have a protrusion or have overcrowding, there is a higher chance that you will develop tooth decay. This is simply because misaligned teeth are harder to clear properly and can result in plaque accumulation.
And finally, it cannot be overlooked how much wearing any fitted orthodontic tool can impact positively on your confidence. Especially if you are an adult who has had misaligned teeth for many years. Improved confidence will lead to you undoubtedly smiling more, which in turn will boost the number of feel-good chemicals in the brain, such as dopamine, which can lead to higher levels of creativity. So, having your teeth straightened can make you more creative. Great!