Four Reasons to Get Braces as an Adult

Your smile says a lot about you, and by the time you reach adulthood, you likely think that’s just how it will be, and there’s nothing that you can do about it. Whether your teeth affect your confidence or your ability to maintain good oral health by making brushing and flossing difficult, you don’t have to put up with it anymore. Dental technology is improving all the time, and Nirenblatt Orthodontics will always offer the most comfortable and effective treatments. 

When you think of braces, the first thing that springs to mind is probably a metal-clad teen face, and that’s not the look you want to sport as an adult. While it is most common to utilize orthodontic treatments such as braces in adolescence, adults make up about one in every five orthodontic patients today. Talk about a positive trend!

You’re never too old to benefit from orthodontic treatment, and thanks to cutting-edge technology, gone are the days of painful headgear, clunky bands on every tooth, and overly tight stainless steel wires. Today’s orthodontic treatment is much more comfortable than it used to be. Nirenblatt Orthodontics offers the latest orthodontic options to make your new smile fast and affordable for patients no longer in their elementary or teen years looking for orthodontic treatment from cosmetic corrections to functionality. 

You deserve orthodontic care that reflects your individual needs. Dr. Bradley Nireblatt and his friendly and experienced team believe that an informed patient will have more successful results, so your role in treatment is just as important as ours. Together, we will build your self-confidence and create positive life changes. Let’s look at some of the reasons to get braces as an adult. 

Improved overall health

Braces are instrumental in correcting misaligned teeth and other dental issues that lead to further common health problems like headaches, jaw pain, digestion issues, and even sleep apnea

Improper alignment of your teeth and jaw throughout an adult’s life can cause damage to the areas where the teeth meet during chewing and even make the process of chewing itself difficult. When your jaws or teeth do not meet properly during chewing, you risk overexertion of the jaw muscles and complications like TMD or temporomandibular joint disorder. Not being able to chew correctly can result in food not being digested timely or adequately and lead to reflux, indigestion, and diminished nutrient absorption. 

Braces also require a little extra cleaning and care, which means your mouth will be getting better overall attention and maintenance. Having straight teeth can make this cleaning much less tricky as there will be less space for plaque and bacteria to build up, decreasing your chances of cavities, tooth decay, and even gum disease, and more room to floss with better access to your gum line. 

Aesthetics and the confidence of a perfect smile

Your self-esteem depends significantly on your teeth, and a crooked smile or misaligned bite can leave you feeling less confident when all eyes are on you. You may notice you shy away from personal conversations or avoid having your photo taken only to give a less-than-thrilled, lips-only grin when you can’t escape. For some patients, the positioning of your teeth may even affect your speech by causing your tongue or lips not to attain the position necessary to make certain sounds. 

Here at Nirenblatt Orthodontics, we believe that the essence of good oral health is creating confidence and pride for our patients in the Charleston area. Orthodontic treatment is more than just straightening teeth, and our care philosophy embraces science and art to give you the best possible results!

Four Reasons to Get Braces as an Adult

Variety of treatment options

You can get the most recent orthodontic treatment at Nirenblatt Orthodontics. Depending on the severity of your adjustments needed, your options may include traditional metal braces, clear braces, Invisalign, or clear aligners. In some cases, a combination of treatment options can improve the efficacy and time necessary for adjustments. 

Metal braces

Traditional metal braces are the most time and cost-effective orthodontic treatment. Modern braces have come a long way in recent years and are made of high-grade stainless steel brackets connected by metal wires that are gradually tightened to adjust your teeth over time. The brackets are secured to your teeth with special glue and the elastic bands that help ensure the archwires come in dozens of colors for personalization and fun.

Clear braces

This treatment method works the same way their metal option works but utilizes a clear or tooth-colored ceramic instead of metal for a barely-there appearance. Older teens and adults prefer clear braces for an inconspicuous approach. Still, it is worth noting that this option is more susceptible to breaking or staining depending on your eating and lifestyle habits due to the polycrystalline ceramic not being as durable as the mix of high-grade metal used for standard braces. 

Invisalign

This innovative system straightens teeth without brackets, bands, or wires, unlike braces. The Invisalign system consists of clear acrylic aligners that fit over your teeth. They are removable, making it easier to eat, drink, brush, and floss, but they need to be worn for 22 hours a day during your treatment. The trays are replaced every one to two weeks to keep consistent pressure in adjusting the teeth and jaws the way you need to get your goal smile!

Clear Aligners

Dr. N is extremely excited to offer clear aligners that are 3D printed in-house! These aligners work just like Invisalign and consist of a series of aligner trays that will make adjustments over time. But, having them custom-made right in our Charleston office allows for better tailoring as your treatment progresses without the wait for the aligners to be ordered and sent to the office. Our personalized 3D printing in-house also makes our clear aligners more affordable than Invisalign, making your inconspicuous orthodontic treatment well within reach.

Cost-Efficient- Now and Later

It’s no secret that your oral health is strongly connected to your overall health, and there’s never been a better time to consider orthodontic treatment. When combined with proper dental hygiene, Braces can decrease your chances of cavities, gum disease, costly procedures like tooth extractions or specialists that treat symptoms, not culprits, and the chance of prosthetics in the future. Specific orthodontic issues like misaligned bites can wear down your teeth and lead to chipping, cracking, and even total loss, which will cost you much more. 

Nirenblatt Orthodontics has improved patients’ self-confidence, appearance, and health by being committed to making orthodontics affordable for you and your family. We emphasize exceptional service, offer flexible payment options, and file your insurance forms to ensure you get your maximum benefits before creating a plan that works best for your budget. 

Four Reasons to Get Braces as an Adult

Trust your smile at any age to Nirenblatt Orthodontics.

All treatments have their own lists of pros and cons, and we know you have a unique set of needs with your unique smile, no matter your age. Whether you want to keep this journey more inconspicuous, prioritize comfort over aesthetics, or simply enjoy the fastest option that gets you to your perfect smile, Nirenblatt Orthodontics has been the standard in the Tri-County area smiles for more than three decades. 

Our warm and fun offices feature advanced technology to make choosing your orthodontic treatment options a little less daunting. If you still have questions about getting braces as an adult, our happy and well-trained orthodontic team would love to meet you for your FREE consultation to get you started on your journey to a confident smile.