Adult Orthodontics: It Is Never Too Late To Straighten Your Teeth

Posted on: April 10, 2019

Adult orthodontics can be a great smile-improvement tool, regardless of your age. You may not see adults wearing braces as often as you see kids wearing them, but that does not mean there is an age cutoff for teeth-straightening services. No matter how old you are, it is never too late to improve the way your smile looks and functions.

According to the American Association of Orthodontists, the number of adults receiving orthodontic treatments has risen 40 percent in the past decade alone. As more adults experience the benefits orthodontic services can offer them, that number is likely to increase moving forward. Here are a few great reasons adults of all ages should consider getting braces.

Benefits of adult teeth straightening

Restored dental function

When you have crooked teeth, it can be a challenge to eat certain types of foods, especially meat and other chewy foods that can get trapped in the spaces between teeth. When you receive braces or any other type of orthodontic treatment, your dental function improves as your teeth become straighter. If you have been missing out on Sunday-night roast beef or other favorite dishes due to crooked teeth, braces can help.

Improved appearance

One of the most popular reasons people receive adult orthodontics is the desire for an improved appearance. Everyone wants to look attractive when they smile, and straightening your teeth could help you draw attention for the right reasons. For many people, a boost of confidence naturally follows improved appearance. If you struggle to feel good about the way you look, straightening your teeth could be the ideal way to increase your self-esteem.

Make oral hygiene routines easier

If you have crooked teeth, you have probably noticed how difficult it can be to thoroughly brush and floss them. Often, teeth become crooked due to overcrowding in the mouth. When the teeth are overcrowded, the spaces between them are generally very tight. Attempting to fit dental floss between tight teeth can be a challenge.

Fortunately, you can rectify this problem by receiving adult orthodontics. Orthodontic treatments can correct the bite and enlarge the jaw to make room for existing teeth. One or more teeth may also be removed if there are severe overcrowding issues. Once your treatments are complete, you will be able to floss and brush normally to maintain good oral health.

Avoid jaw issues

Crooked teeth can cause your bite to become misaligned. When the bite is misaligned, the upper and lower teeth do not line up properly. This can cause a variety of uncomfortable problems such as earaches, tinnitus (frequent ringing in the ears) and jaw discomfort. Orthodontics can help combat common jaw problems by correcting the bite so your top and bottom teeth fit together the way they should.


There is no reason to settle for a smile you do not love when you can easily correct it. Take some time to study the pros and cons of adult orthodontics so you can decide if braces or other orthodontic treatments are a good choice for your oral needs.Request an appointment here: or call Feist Siegert Dental at (608) 466-4227 for an appointment in our Onalaska office.

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