Advantages of Orthodontic Braces for Adults


At 38, I am considering getting orthodontic braces.

Are there advantages for a person my age to get them? Orthodontic braces have many advantages at any age. The advantages depend on the reasons you are getting them. If you have crowded teeth that need straightening, the advantages are twofold. Not only would your smile improve, but it would also be easier to keep your teeth clean. Orthodontic braces would eliminate spaces where debris can hide. Studies have shown straightening your teeth dramatically decreases the amount of bacteria in your mouth.

If you have TMJ (temporomandibular joint) problems, straightening your teeth could resolve them. Symptoms of headaches, muscle pain and stress in the joint area could be relieved. Correcting the bite and allowing the teeth to fit better can take away the neuromuscular response that triggers grinding and/or clenching.

If you have any spectrum of sleep disordered breathing or sleep apnea, orthodontics can help relieve this. When orthodontic treatment is used to expand the upper and lower arches, it makes room for the tongue. This also pulls on the muscles in a way that opens up the airway, allowing air to move more freely.

It is best for your dentist to do an evaluation and determine any factors you are trying to correct to know how orthodontics would benefit you in more ways than just aesthetically.

About the author

Stacey Sparkman Hall, D.D.S.

Dr. Stacey Hall brings her unique outlook on dental care and her personable optimism to the Williamsburg Center for Dental Health. With nine years of solid dental expertise as a dentist in Williamsburg, she decided in early 2011 to branch out and open her own local practice. After completing her undergraduate degree from Virginia Tech in 1998, Dr. Hall graduated from VCU’s MCV School of Dentistry in 2002, receiving her D.D.S. She is a member of the Academy of General Dentistry, the American Dental Association, and was awarded member fellowship to the International Congress of Oral Implantology in 2008. She leads the elite Tidewater Dawson Study Club and is a scholar with the interntaionally renowned Dawson Academy. As a Dawson ambassador, Dr. Hall also assists in the training of students in the Dawson Academy. Stacey and her husband Michael have been blessed with three beautiful girls, Lanie, Gracie and Abbie. She is a loyal Virginia Tech Football fan, and enjoys Bible study and missions work.

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