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Reasons Adults Consider Getting Braces Philadelphia, PA
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We may notice our teeth shifting or becoming more crooked as we age. This can be due to various reasons, such as genetics or not wearing our retainers after previous orthodontic treatment. Regardless of the cause, many adults are now considering getting orthodontic braces to improve the appearance and health of their teeth.

Dr. Neil Uffner and the team at Broad Street Braces routinely help adult patients from across Philadelphia straighten their teeth with braces. In fact, over 25% of all orthodontic patients are adults, so if you’re considering braces to improve your smile or correct dental problems, you are not alone. Below we discuss some common reasons adults consider getting braces.

Aesthetic Issues

One reason adults consider getting braces is for cosmetic reasons. Straightening crooked or gapped teeth, or other aesthetic issues, can revolutionize your smile. A straighter, more aligned smile can boost confidence and self-esteem, improving your overall quality of life. A bright, healthy smile is a genuine asset in public-facing careers and other endeavors. Additionally, a properly aligned bite can also improve speech and chewing abilities.

Dental Health Issues

Another reason adults may opt for braces is to address dental health concerns. For example, crooked or crowded teeth can make it difficult to properly clean teeth, leading to a higher risk of tooth decay and gum disease. If you have persistent cavities, Dr. Neil may suggest braces to help correct alignment problems that contribute to tooth decay. Orthodontic treatment can help align teeth, making them easier to clean and reducing the risk of dental issues.

Functional Issues

Some adults may also be experiencing jaw pain or discomfort due to misaligned teeth. A misaligned bite can lead to more severe issues and constant pain and discomfort. Dr. Neil may examine your mouth and jaw function and determine that orthodontic treatment is warranted to correct significant functional problems. Braces can help restore the bite and relieve discomfort associated with temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders.

How Long Will I Need Braces?

It’s important to note that adult orthodontic treatment may take longer than treatment for children or teenagers. However, advancements in orthodontic technology have made treatment more efficient and comfortable for adults, with options such as clear aligners and lingual braces that are less noticeable than traditional metal braces.

It’s never too late to invest in your dental health and appearance. Many adults now realize the benefits of orthodontic treatment and are choosing to undergo treatment to improve their smile and oral health.

If you’re considering getting orthodontic braces as an adult, it’s essential to consult with Dr. Neil and the team at Broad Street Braces to discuss your options and determine the best course of treatment for your individual needs. Then, with the right treatment plan and proper care, you can achieve a straighter, healthier and more confident smile.

Posted on behalf of Broad Street Braces

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Felicia W

Excellent staff, excellent service with trusty expertise. It was overall a great experience for my son and myself. We are highly satisfied with all the services performed today.

Alisa O

I am pleased with this Orthodontist location because they are very prompt with appointments. It's never a long wait. The staff is kind and willing to fix misunderstandings quickly. They actually play relaxing music in the office. My favorite staff member is Trinh because she answers questions gracefully. Trinh always greets me with a smile. Glad I chose this dental office.

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The staff is really friendly, very satisfied with the service. The place is cozy, and also clean, seriously I recommend it to anyone who wanted to have the braces on

Kevin A

My mom received THE BEST service here. Consultations & visits were a breeze & the staff was always so kind. Their bilingual employee, Sara, was very helpful because my mom only speaks Spanish.

Hung C

This is my son’s first time here. This Office is very nice and very professional. Great service. Mrs. Trinh did an excellent job helping us translate Vietnamese. She is really nice and did a great job! Thank you so much!

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Great experience!! welcoming and good at what they do. Ask for amanda- she's the best!

Thang N

Many friends told me that Trinh always does a great job and I am very lucky today to have her put my braces on! They look great. I am looking forward to coming back for my second appoinment. The treatment coordinator, Rachel is very friendly and welcoming. She is awesome. I would recommend anyone who is interested in braces to come to Broad Street Braces. You would love Dr. Neil!