Ideally, human teeth would line up as neatly as the keys on a piano. Unfortunately, many people must contend with crooked teeth, crowded smiles, or poorly aligned bites. These problems raise more than cosmetic concerns. Crowded or overlapping teeth can be difficult to clean, making tooth decay and gum disease more likely. Teeth that don't come together properly when you close your jaws—a problem called malocclusion, or "bad bite"—can cause chewing and swallowing problems. Poor tooth alignment can also make it difficult to pronounce certain sounds and can put excessive stress on the chewing muscles, causing facial pain.
Adult Braces Tailored for Every Patient's Needs - Smile Solutions
Naturally, the dental formula of human beings would line up without having any form of crookedness. However, this is not the case. Many people report having crowded or overlapping teeth leading to poor teeth alignment. As a result, many adults in this condition report difficulties in cleaning them and suffer high tooth decay chances. Poor dental alignments can happen to both young ones and adults. This problem can easily be corrected when one is young.
A survey by the American Association of Orthodontists AAO showed that the rate of people over 18 with braces grew 14 percent from to That brought the number of adults with braces in the United States and Canada to over a million. Adults getting braces today will find far more options than they remember — or had themselves — in their youth, notes Mina Abdolahi, DDS, MS, an associate in the northern Virginia practice of Saba Orthodontics. The choices can be daunting. Each option offers advantages and disadvantages.
Never before have there been so many ways to have your teeth straightened. Making the right decision is important. The British Orthodontic Society has created a new guide to help you navigate your options and choose the right treatment for you.