If you’re currently considering adult braces in Hook, your concerns may be predominantly cosmetic. Our Hook dentists see adults from all walks of life who have spent their lives hiding their smiles, lurking at the back of photographs (or avoiding cameras altogether) and wishing that their smile could look straighter.
The cosmetic benefits of orthodontic treatment with adult braces are obvious. By the end of your treatment, whatever brace system you choose, your teeth should look straight, healthy and greatly enhance your smile.
What you may not realise is the extensive health benefits of having straighter teeth. When your teeth are in better alignment, it is far easier to keep them clean. In turn, this can help to prevent the build-up of plaque and tartar that causes gum disease and tooth decay. People with crooked teeth, on the other hand, may be prone to pockets of deposits where the teeth overlap, making them more vulnerable to gum disease and related issues such as bad breath, bleeding gums, tooth and bone loss.
Evidence would suggest that after people have worn adult braces or had another significant cosmetic dental procedure, they are much more conscious about their smile and keeping their oral health in tip-top condition. By choosing adult braces, you may therefore help to prevent future dental problems.
The psychological and physiological benefits of loving your straighter smile shouldn’t be overlooked either. The very act of smiling releases positive neurotransmitters, such as endorphins, to help you feel happy and relaxed.
We also know your smile is the number one feature that other people notice when they meet you for the first time. Straight smiles are associated with good health, attractiveness, professionalism, self-care, success and much more. People are also much more likely to talk to you when you smile, as smiles signal friendliness and approachability.
So, as we can see, adult braces really can be good for your health as well as changing your smile.