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Do You Need Braces? Here's What Braces Do and How They Might Be Able to Help You


You've seen children wearing braces and probably assumed it's because they have slightly misaligned teeth. But you're not a child, and there are some things you're unhappy about your teeth – did you know you can still get braces?


According to Harvard, perfect teeth are lined up like piano keys. They say that braces can fix more than just overbites or very misaligned teeth. They can fix slightly crooked teeth and if your bite is just a little bit off. They can also fix crowded smiles, which can pose dental hygiene concerns because they're harder to brush and floss.

If you have misaligned teeth, no matter how minor, it can affect more than how your smile looks. Experts say these misaligned teeth could be responsible for your funny accent or your slightly off pronunciation of words. They can also cause pain because you may have to chew more or differently when eating.

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If this sounds like you and you're thinking about braces, don't be shy. About 20 percent of people who get braces are over 18. But since you're older, your bones are harder and if your misalignment is too great, braces might not be enough to fix it – further surgery may be required. It may also take longer than if you were a child, whose bones are more malleable.

If you're worried about the stigma of wearing braces as an adult, many orthodontic innovations can help lessen your anxiety. Invisalign are a colorless type of braces that work well when your teeth only need simple corrections, like minor misalignments or moving teeth horizontally. Invisalign braces are also removable, which means you can remove them while eating, brushing, and flossing! This makes Invisalign more hygenic, but if your misalignment is severe enough, Invisalign may not be enough and you'll have to wear regular

Rest assured, your dentist goes through the same rigorous, safety checks and procedures when getting you fit for Invisalign. He'll get you fit by taking X-rays and getting a careful dental impression from your bite. The manufacturer makes a custom set of Invisalign braces just for you – you'll get about 3 or 4 sets. Like disposable contacts, you'll wear each set for only two weeks and change to a new set afterward – this makes Invisalign a little more hygenic than regular braces, which aren't changed as often. They're also more hassle-free since you don't need your orthodontist to change your set of braces.

If you sometimes mispronounce words or have an annoying slur to your speech – it might be your teeth! If you experience pain while chewing, the culprit might be your crooked teeth. You can still correct all of these problems with braces – even if you're an adult. If your problems are minor, you can wear Invisalign braces that are almost invisible and allow you to remove them while you eat and clean your teeth.