Am I a candidate for adult braces?

It can be unhealthy when your teeth do not align properly, are overcrowded or have gaps. You may become self-conscious about smiling, but cosmetic problems are not the only issues you face. Crooked and missing teeth can lead to more serious issues such as gum loss and decay. Many adults may think they are too old to do anything about their teeth or bite, but that is not the case. Adult braces can remedy many of these issues. More and more adults in their 20s, 30s, 40s and beyond are considering braces to correct long-term problems with their teeth.

It is estimated that one in five patients who visit the orthodontist are over age 18. If you have problems with your bite or misaligned teeth, there are adult braces to take care of it. If you have large gaps, our orthodontists will create a customized plan that may correct the problem. Braces are the most effective way to move your teeth into their correct places. Straight teeth not only look better but also are easier to clean than overcrowded and crooked teeth.

You may be a candidate for braces if you have any of the following bite problems:

  • Open bite when your bottom and top front teeth don’t meet properly
  • Crossbite when your top teeth don’t line up properly with your bottom teeth
  • Overbite when your top front teeth extend too far over your bottom front teeth
  • Overjet when your top front teeth stick out
  • Underbite when your bottom teeth are in front of your top teeth

Today, we are fortunate because there are so many choices, unlike in the past when your only choice was clunky metal braces. If you think you will look odd facing the public with metal braces, you can choose another type of adult braces.

This is where our orthodontists can help. During your first visit with our team at Petty & Bielik Orthodontics, we can examine your teeth to determine your problem and decide which adult braces would be best for you. If you have lived most of your life unhappy and disappointed with your teeth because you never had braces as a child, it is not too late to fix it. Contact us today to schedule a free braces consultation at our orthodontic office in Oak Lawn!