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Unlocking Adult Smiles: 5 Reasons to Consider Braces 

January 11th, 2024

Orthodontic treatment, often associated with the teenage years, is gaining popularity among adults seeking to address common dental issues. Beyond aesthetic benefits, braces for adults offer solutions to prevalent oral health problems. This article explores five compelling reasons for adults to consider braces, addressing common dental issues that can be effectively managed through orthodontic intervention.

Correcting Misalignment for Better Oral Health

Misaligned teeth and improper bite alignment are not only cosmetic concerns but can also lead to serious oral health issues in adults. Difficulty in cleaning between crooked teeth can result in plaque buildup, increasing the risk of cavities and gum disease. Braces help correct misalignments, promoting optimal oral hygiene and preventing long-term dental complications. 

Alleviating Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Disorders:

Many adults suffer from TMJ disorders, causing pain and discomfort in the jaw joint and surrounding muscles. Malocclusion, or misalignment of the teeth and jaw, can contribute to TMJ issues. Braces play a crucial role in realigning the jaw, reducing strain on the TMJ, and alleviating associated symptoms. The American Academy of Orofacial Pain provides valuable insights into the connection between orthodontic treatment and TMJ disorder relief.

Preventing Tooth Wear and Damage:

Adults may experience excessive wear on tooth enamel due to malocclusion or teeth grinding (bruxism). Braces can help realign the teeth, distribute biting forces evenly, and prevent uneven wear on tooth surfaces. This not only preserves the integrity of the teeth but also mitigates the risk of developing sensitivity and other dental issues associated with worn enamel. 

Addressing Speech and Pronunciation Issues:

Malocclusion and misaligned teeth can contribute to adults' speech difficulties and pronunciation issues. Braces work to correct these oral conditions, improving speech clarity and overall communication. The National Library of Medicine recognizes the role of orthodontic treatment in addressing speech and language challenges related to dental issues.

Enhancing Digestion and Nutritional Absorption:

Proper chewing is essential for effective digestion and nutrient absorption. Dental misalignments may hinder chewing, leading to digestive issues and inadequate nutrient absorption. Braces can help align the teeth and improve chewing efficiency, contributing to better digestive health. 

Adults considering braces have a range of compelling reasons to embark on this orthodontic journey, addressing not only cosmetic concerns but also common dental issues. From enhancing oral health and alleviating TMJ disorders to preventing tooth wear and improving speech, braces offer holistic solutions for adults seeking to prioritize their dental well-being. By understanding the links between orthodontic treatment and common dental problems, adults can make informed decisions to achieve a more aesthetically pleasing smile and optimal oral health. Contact Sonoran Smile today or visit our website, Sonoran Smile, to learn more about how we can help you reach all of your smile goals.  

Is Invisalign® Right For You?

June 15th, 2023

When patients ask Dr. Shadow Asgari and Dr. Samantha Vu about who benefits from Invisalign clear aligners, the simple answer is this: almost everyone. Unlike conventional braces, Invisalign is removable, which makes eating and cleaning your teeth much easier.

They are molded to fit each patient’s mouth and are practically invisible. Because aligners apply less force in straightening teeth than metal braces, the risk of harm to your teeth is reduced.

Benefits to adults

Traditional braces are associated with children and teenagers. Many adults want to have their teeth straightened but hesitate to wear metal braces. They also worry about changing their diet and being unable to eat the foods they usually enjoy.

If you are an adult considering braces, our Sonoran Smile Orthodontics team will tell you that Invisalign aligners is a great option for sensitive teeth straightening. Your teeth will be straightened with virtually invisible braces.

The aligners are easily removable when you eat, so you can enjoy any food you normally consume. You clean your teeth usually after eating, and you won’t have to worry about getting food stuck in your braces.

If there is a special occasion during which you do not want braces in your mouth, you can remove the aligners for up to four hours without causing any damage.

Benefits to teenagers

Dr. Shadow Asgari and Dr. Samantha Vu and our team know that teenagers are often involved in sports and other after-school activities and generally lead pretty busy lives. If your teen plays a musical instrument, you may be concerned that having metal in his or her mouth will interfere with the ability to play. Invisalign aligners avoid the damage that can happen with traditional metal braces.

According to the American Association of Orthodontists, sports that require players to wear mouthguards, the expense of specially constructed mouthguards to fit over braces is also eliminated. The aligners can be removed during sports activities and teens can easily wear a mouthguard. Teenagers who play musical instruments simply remove the aligners while practicing or playing in a band or orchestra.

Teenagers routinely have trouble flossing teeth between the wires and brackets of traditional braces, but Invisalign allows for easy dental cleaning. Since Invisalign aligners are removable, brushing and flossing are simpler and more likely to be performed.

For more information about Invisalign or Invisalign Teen® treatment, or to schedule an initial consultation with Dr. Shadow Asgari and Dr. Samantha Vu, please call us at our convenient Chandler, Gilbert, or Phoenix, AZ office!

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