For many adults, crooked teeth can be embarrassing and frustrating. Our smiles are a big part of our identity and how we are perceived by our peers. Consider this – in a recent survey of more than 1,000 Americans (age 18 and over), 72% of the respondents agreed that people of all ages with healthy straight teeth are typically treated better in social situations than those with noticeably crooked teeth. Conversely, nearly half said that crooked teeth leave a negative first impression.
Studies done on corporate interviewers have demonstrated that a person with a nice smile is more likely to get the job than a person with crooked teeth. Is it possible that your smile is holding you back without you even knowing?
At McKee Dental Associates, we see adult patients all the time that have lived with crooked teeth and have been embarrassed with their smile for years. All of them would tell you the same thing – It’s never too late!
“We live in a very image-conscious society and impressions are made within a few seconds. Straightening teeth makes a difference and can ultimately make or break your chances of getting certain opportunities.” – Mark Montano, host of TLC’s ’10 years younger’
Why Get Braces as an adult?
Boost your confidence to excel in school, work and your personal life
Clearer speech for interviews, public speaking, etc.
Straight and evenly spaced teeth are easier to keep clean.
Properly aligned teeth chew more efficiently, which can aid in digestion.
Crooked and crowded teeth are hard to clean and maintain. This may contribute to conditions that cause not only tooth decay but also eventual gum disease and tooth loss.
When left untreated, many orthodontic problems become worse, contributing to abnormal wear of tooth surfaces, inefficient chewing function, excessive stress on gum tissue and the bone that supports the teeth, or misalignment of the jaw joints, which can result in chronic headaches or pain in the face or neck. Treatment to correct the original problem is often less costly than the additional dental care required to treat more serious problems that can develop in later years.
Easy Treatment, Great Results
Some of our patients already had braces when they were a kid but did not wear their retainers. Now, as an adult, their teeth are crooked again. Other patients have never had any type of orthodontic treatment. They have lived with crooked teeth for their whole lives. Now, with a wide number of new techniques it is possible to straighten your teeth in most cases without years of braces or an “extreme makeover” where all of your natural teeth need to be drilled down for veneers or crowns. In fact, most of our orthodontic cases are finished in about six to nine months and require no drilling, no shots and no metal-mouths. Compared to some of the other ‘extreme’ cosmetic procedures available today, improving your smile through orthodontics is one of the most valuable investments you can make to improve your overall appearance for a lifetime.
Adult Treatment in a Grownup Setting
Many orthodontic offices are geared towards children. There are open bays, stuffed animals and little privacy for grownups. At McKee Dental Associates, we offer a range of adult orthodontic treatment in a private setting. From simple removable appliances to Invisalign to fast Esthetic Orthodontics, we have a solution for straight, beautiful teeth. More importantly, we understand that the goal of most adult orthodontics is different from the goal of most childhood and teen orthodontics. We work hard towards finding reasonable solutions towards fixing what’s bothering you about your smile. Your treatment may include braces alone, veneers and crowns, gum contouring, or a combination of all of those things. Because we are general dentists practicing in all of these areas, we can offer all these solutions under one roof. (yes…you can still get a prize from the toy chest if you’re good!)
Improving your smile is faster, more comfortable, and more discreet today than ever and has a dramatically positive impact, so the question isn’t why should you straighten your teeth, but why wouldn’t you?