Guest Post by Sharon Williams
It is important for older adults to maintain good dental hygiene so that they have healthy teeth as they grow old. Remember, as you age, your dental health may get affected if you do not take proper care of your teeth. For example, if you have misaligned teeth and bite, it doesnâ€™t just affect how you look, but can also lead to a number of dental problems.
You can address various problems caused by poor oral health through orthodontic treatment. Treatment may take a little longer for older adults, but it is well worth the result.
3 Issues that Dental Problems May Lead To
Crooked and misaligned teeth can affect your appearance. Generally, when people first meet someone, they notice their smile. Crooked teeth may leave a negative impression.
On the other hand, if you do not like the way you look because of crooked, crowded or gapped teeth, it will affect your confidence.
Poor oral hygiene and misaligned teeth usually make a person very conscious of their appearance. In extreme cases, people may avoid social gatherings altogether because they do not want to smile or talk in front of others. This may lead to depression or social anxiety, thus affecting them mentally and psychologically.
Adults can suffer from periodontal or gum diseases that are caused by plaque build-up. The bacteria in plaque irritate the gums, make them bleed or swollen.
Gum diseases can be painless until they reach the advanced stage. If left untreated, the gums can begin to pull away from the teeth and form pockets where plaque can build up. If the gum disease advances, it can destroy the bone, gums and even ligaments that support the teeth, eventually leading to tooth loss.
A lot of these problems can be solved using orthodontic treatment. The treatment helps in straightening the teeth and aligning the bite. Braces are a common orthodontic treatment to address the above-mentioned issues even for people over 50.
4 Popular Braces Options for Older Adults
1. Metal Braces: Also known as traditional braces, these involve metal brackets which are cemented into each tooth. The brackets are held in place by metal wiring.
2. Self-Ligating Braces: In self-ligating braces, the wire passes through a small metal clip on the bracket. This eliminates the need for elastic bands to help move the teeth.
3. Aligners: These are clear tray aligners that can easily be put on and off the teeth. The clear trays have to be switched out every two weeks to accommodate the movement of teeth. You must put them on for 20 to 22 hours per day. The aligners can be removed while eating, brushing and flossing.
4. Lingual Braces: They are also called reverse braces because their brackets are cemented to the back of the teeth. The placement of the brackets practically makes them invisible. They have to be custom-made.
If you suffer from any of the dental issues that can be fixed with braces treatment, do go for it. Braces help in improving oral health and keeping the teeth clean. Consult with your orthodontist about which braces would be the right option for you and decide on a treatment that works best for you.
Although basic Medicare does not cover orthodontics, some stand-alone dental insurance plans may cover certain orthodontic procedures.
Author Bio: Sharon William’s day job is to handle digital marketing for Koch Orthodontics in Loganville, GA. With a flair for creating compelling content that clears the clutter and connects with the audience in an instant, she writes about dental topics to educate and help her readers. She truly believes that a genuine smile can win a million hearts and talks to her readers about improving their smiles and overall dental health, as well as enhancing their overall lifestyle. In her free time, she likes to organize small meets in her neighborhood where she brings people together to discuss various topics that she writes about.