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The Benefits of Getting Braces as an Adult

Posted By Kristi DeWitt-Quintero, Delta Dental of AZ, Monday, April 16, 2018
Updated: Friday, April 6, 2018

 

We often think of braces and other orthodontic treatments as being for children and adolescents, but plenty of adults get wired as well. In fact, according to the American Association of Orthodontists, more than 1 million adults in the U.S. have orthodontia.

Some adults may seek straightening for aesthetic reasons – though their teeth may not be causing any specific problems, they simply want a straighter smile. But dentists may recommend braces for non-cosmetic reasons as well. Over time, crowded teeth or a bite that doesn’t line up can lead to painful problems with teeth and gums, including tooth decay and gum disease.2

Though it’s easier to treat alignment issues in adolescents because their jaws are still developing, adult problems can successfully be treated with a variety of braces or alignment devices.3 Classic metal braces are available, of course, but clear braces and concealed orthodontia that have brackets on the backside of teeth are also options.

Cosmetic braces are often not covered by dental plans, so be sure to check your plan to see if orthodontia is covered and discuss costs with your dentist.

 

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2http://oralhealth.deltadental.com/YoungAdult/Orthodontics/22,21456
3http://oralhealth.deltadental.com/RelatedItems/22,HD57

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