According to a recent study by the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO), although many adults were wary of concerns, they found that straighter teeth can significantly improve a person’s life.

Survey Results Encouraging

In the survey, whose results were released in October, more than 70% of adults who were considering orthodontic treatment had concerns that they may be unhappy with the results or that they were too old to have the treatment done.

However, when they completed their treatment, they found that they had gotten very good results. In fact, 92% of them would recommend tooth straightening to a friend or family member because of the benefits in increased self-confidence.

The benefits go beyond improved self-confidence, though, as about three-quarters of those surveyed saw improvements in personal or professional relationships. Younger adults saw even more benefit, with 87% of adults aged 18-34 seeing improvement in their personal relationships.

If you are unhappy with teeth that are crooked, you will likely see good benefit from having them straightened.

Beyond Braces

One of the best advances in modern dentistry is the expansion of your options for straightening teeth. Although traditional braces are still available and may be the best option for some people, others may benefit from different options, such as Invisalign or porcelain veneers.

Invisalign uses clear plastic aligners rather than metal wires and brackets to straighten your teeth. The plastic aligners are more comfortable, with no wires or brackets that can irritate your tongue or cheeks. The aligners are removable, so there’s no need to change your diet, and there’s no painstaking cleaning around brackets and wires. Best of all, they’re nearly invisible.

Porcelain veneers can be used to straighten your smile by reshaping your teeth. This has many advantages. First, it can be completed quickly. Instead of waiting months to move your teeth, they can be reshaped in just weeks. Porcelain veneers can also be used to reshape damaged or small teeth and whiten deeply discolored teeth at the same time that they are straightened. And with porcelain veneers, you don’t have to wear a retainer, as you do with other teeth straightening techniques.

If you want to learn more about the benefits of straight teeth, or which option is best for you, please contact Beyond Exceptional Dentistry in Savannah, Georgia.