than “just looks!”
The number of adults seeking orthodontic treatment has risen dramatically over the past two decades. And it’s little wonder why. Adults are discovering the number of ways orthodontic treatments can fix their oral health problems, whether they stem from childhood injuries, missing teeth, or simply genetic predispositions.
They feel they can’t justify the cost for the sake of “vanity.”
Feeling ashamed of your smile can have a major impact on your self esteem. That’s a significant issue on it’s own, and more than enough reason to seek out a solution.
And you’re not alone.
A report from the Australian Society of Orthodontists found that 55% of Australians are self-conscious about their teeth. When asked about the first thing they’d change about themselves, 46% said it would be their teeth, over anything else, including their weight.
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While those statistics alone, show what an importantimpact teeth have on our self-esteem, crooked teethdo more than just affect how you look...
Most people recognise that crowded or misaligned teeth are harder to clean and floss, which makes it easy for bacteria to colonise the mouth and go to work damaging your teeth’s protective enamel.
What most people don’t know is that if they have crooked teeth, their enamel is often being worn away by their teeth’s misaligned wear patterns, making it even easier for bacteria to work their way through and create cavities.
Your temporomandibular joint (TMJ) connects the lower jaw to your temporal bone, right in front of your ear.
Apply some pressure and run your fingers straight down from that joint to the back corner of your jaw. If you feel sensitivity, that’s a good indication that something is out of alignment in your mouth.
Tension in that area is a major culprit of recurring headaches, jaw pain, and is often caused by an incorrect bite. (Which means fixing that can make a world of difference for those with TMJ pain!
We won’t mince words: They certainly used to be. But orthodontics have come a long way in the past 15 years (a big plus, if you’re looking at braces as an adult!).
These days, the options are much more descrete…