3 benefits of braces later in life

Why Adults Need Braces Too

If you think orthodontics is just for kids, think again! Although braces have long been thought of as only necessary for children with crooked or misaligned teeth, many adults are getting in on the action too. If you’ve ever stopped yourself from grinning in public, covered a genuine smile or refused to take a picture while actually showing off your pearly whites, a change may be the best decision to make.

In addition to straightening the teeth, what other benefits are often associated with adult braces? Three main benefits include:

Cleaner teeth:

When teeth develop in awkward spacing, overlapping or odd angles, it can be hard to complete a cleaning. Consistent brushing of the teeth is essential, but so is hitting those hard to reach areas. If areas are being missed constantly, real issues can develop.

According to Invisalign, “Swollen, red gums can often be the result of having teeth that are crowded or too widely spaced. . . . When teeth are properly aligned, it helps the gums fit more securely around the teeth, allowing for the strongest and healthiest defense against potential periodontal problems.”

Improving overall health:

If the teeth cannot meet properly to chew food, larger pieces will have to be digested. This can negatively affect the digestive tract, as well as increasing the chances of overall oral damage in terms of chips and cracks.


Many adults are choosing to be fitted with braces in order to gain that sense of youthfulness they once had. As the available options for treatment become less noticeable, shorter in duration and more proactive, its projected that even more people will choose to make a change.

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