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Braces used to be just for children, but that notion is now long gone. People of all ages are embracing the benefits of braces, and now you can too. There are many benefits to getting braces and, in some ways, adults may appreciate the results more than children. It’s no wonder that adult braces are making their mark in the orthodontics world.

What are the benefits of braces?

A straighter smile is probably the most common cause for a trip to the orthodontist, and who doesn’t want straighter teeth?! WebMD reported on a recent study that compared people’s reactions to photos of people with straight teeth (the teeth had been photo-manipulated to be perfectly straight and white) versus crooked teeth (again, the teeth had been photo-manipulated to be perfectly crooked). People with straight teeth were deemed better leaders, more popular, and better at sports than those with crooked teeth.

Shifting teeth is common in adults whether you had braces as a child or not. As we get older, our mouths tend to change and teeth tend to shift. Adult braces help shift these teeth back into place to keep your once-straight smile still straight.

Better oral health also comes from straight teeth as straight teeth are easier to brush, floss, and take care of. If you do your part in brushing and flossing daily, you can expect less tooth decay and healthier gums.

Braces come in different shapes, sizes, and colors and some are even practically invisible. Treatment time varies from patient to patient, but most adult treatments range from 12 to 44 months since adult teeth can take longer to move into new positions.

Be prepared to care for your braces by keeping up a reliable dental hygiene routine and sticking to it and you are guaranteed successful results.