Braces aren’t just for young people. Dr. Pedersen has installed braces on countless sets of adult teeth. Our adult patients have told amazing success stories involving their braces. After having braces, those patients smile wider than they have in years. But adult braces can do more than just reshape your smile. Continue reading to learn more about the 4 reasons Dr. Pedersen recommends getting braces as an adult.
Adult Braces For The Win!
Reason #1: More Confidence in Yourself
An improved smile doesn’t just alter how you look. It can change how you feel about yourself. Adult braces can influence how you perceive your own face. The American Association of Orthodontists estimates that nearly 2 million adults receive orthodontic treatment. At our York location, many patients are over the age of 18.
But Andrew Pedersen Orthodontics wants our clients to think beyond numbers. That figure represents people with fuller lives. Whether at yourself in the mirror or a passing stranger, smiling elevates your confidence. Visit us in person to find out why changing lives is our forte!
Reason #2: A Spike in Physiological Health
Proper brushing and flossing contribute to oral health. But they aren’t magic. If teeth are out of alignment, brushing and flossing may not be able to resolve the problem. Misshapen teeth create nooks and crannies in which plaque festers. If left untreated, excess plaque can lead to sore or bleeding gums, pain in the jaw, and headaches.
But the physical ailments don’t stop with oral hygiene. Especially later in life, irregularly shaped teeth can complicate our ability to chew food. This means that a task as simple as eating has now become a choking hazard. And what’s worse, swallowing unchewed food can cause severe abdominal discomfort.
Reason #3: They’re More Affordable Than You Think
Our team understands how hard it can be to obtain care for ourselves and our families. Above, we mentioned that technology had provided us with more options to serve you. In addition, orthodontic remedies are more affordable now than they have been in the past. For adults, braces might be the first line of defense. As a result, they are a less expensive option.
Dr. Pedersen has resolved to never recommend anything a client doesn’t need. We’re happy to work with you to design a payment plan that fits your budget. Have insurance questions? No problem! We can work with your insurance company to ensure you get the best possible outcome.
Reason #3: Dental Health Supports Mental Health
Still not convinced that orthodontic intervention is right for you? Dr. Pedersen’s standard for our York office is that we intend to change lives. And that means much more than rearranging teeth. Adult braces can decrease anxiety and depression and boost overall mental health. Furthermore, if you like your smile, you’ll want to show it off. Smiling makes your brain pump out neurotransmitters like serotonin and dopamine. These neurotransmitters influence your motivation and sense of well-being. And guess what? People who feel good about themselves smile more! Andrew Pedersen Orthodontics wants to help you tap into this kind of healthy feedback loop.
What Braces Does Dr. Pedersen Recommend For Adults?
Dr. Pedersen will speak with you directly to determine which treatment option you need. Here are some of the possibilities you may come across.
Invisalign For Adults
What if you had braces that you could remove whenever you wanted (within Dr. Pedersen’s guidance, of course)? Our team uses clear, lightweight plastic aligners by Invisalign®. They offer the wearer much more comfort and convenience than conventional braces. In general, you’ll wear your aligner for 9-15 months and will use between 18 – 30 sets. We recommend keeping the aligner on for 22 hours a day.
Adults Can Wear Clear Braces Also
You may also hear clear braces referred to as ceramic, tooth-colored, or aesthetic. This is because they are designed to blend in with the teeth. Clear braces empower you to continue your daily routine without fretting about your appearance. They are more discreet and less obvious than metal braces. As a general rule, Dr. Pedersen recommends clear braces for most adults.
Yes, Even Metal Braces
An oldie, but a goldie! This is the image most people have when they think of “braces.” They’ve earned something of a stigma over the years, but Andrew Pedersen Orthodontics intends to change that. Modern metal braces have lighter wires and sleeker brackets. For you, this means less pain and irritation. Our braces are compact and comfortable. A major advantage of metal braces is that they can potentially shorten the duration of your treatment.
Rely On Andrew Pedersen Orthodontics for Adult Braces
While Dr. Pedersen is passionate about repairing teeth, his mission serves a bigger purpose. He wants to make people’s lives easier. Our team wants to remind you that braces aren’t just for young folks. Adults have smiles too, and they ought to love them.
Andrew Pedersen Orthodontics has access to all the orthodontic resources you need. We’re in the smile restoration industry, and we believe teeth ought to look their best, regardless of how old they are.
If you’re over 18, you can get braces. And no matter if you’re 28, 58, or beyond, the possibility is also open for you. Still not 100% convinced? Schedule a free consultation with us and we’ll see to it that you are.