Why are older patients investing in oral healthcare?

Investing in oral health later on in life has a range of benefits, especially for those who suffer from orthodontic issues.

Orthodontic treatment is administered by a trained healthcare professional known as an orthodontist. Although some may believe a dentist can also offer aid in these situations, this is not the case, as orthodontists undergo more formal training than their dental counterparts.

How can orthodontic treatment change your life? This form of treatment targets a range of oral health issues that can affect a patient throughout their life such as:

  • Closing spaces between the teeth
  • Correcting an improper bite
  • Ensuring the top of the teeth are aligned with their correct space
  • Improving eating and speaking capabilities
  • Straightening teeth that are out of place

Some older patients believe they are beyond the age that real treatment can still be effective in. Although some issues may be harder to fix, in reality, it is better to try than to do nothing at all. If left untreated, many of the issues mentioned above, as well as a deep bite or protruding teeth can cause serious issues down the road.

Difficulties for Older Adults

By not treating even simple issues, such as crowded teeth, plaque and other teeth bacteria can build up on the teeth, which can then lead to serious periodontal health effects.

For many older Americans, losing teeth due to orthodontic issues was just a regular part of life that occurred with age. Now, these patients can take charge of their smiles and others’ perceptions of them by making a change today.

There are many forms of treatment available including metal braces, Invisalign and ceramic braces. Visit our website to learn more.

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