Most people associate braces with children/adolescents, but Dr. Nooshi Akavan of Akavan Orthodontics in the Northridge, CA area notes that more and more adults come to her office for orthodontia. That’s because no matter what age you are orthodontic treatment can help you maintain your oral health/hygiene better.
Why should you consider braces if you’re an adult? Crooked and crowded teeth are hard to clean, which may lead to dental problems. Malocclusion, or a bad bite, can affect speech and chewing ability, and cause abnormal wear on tooth surfaces. And there are also emotional benefits, the biggest of which is your increased confidence in your smile and overall appearance. Dr. Akavan stresses that it’s never too late to straighten your teeth.
Moreover, today’s braces can be discreet or as noticeable as you want them to be. Brackets are smaller now and can sometimes be attached to the back surface of the tooth instead of the front, and, they can be clear or tooth-colored! In some cases, treatment may be done without using braces at all, and instead, a series of clear plastic, removable, mouthpiece-like aligners.
If you or someone you know is interested in braces, Dr. Akavan invites you to stop by Akavan Orthodontics to schedule an orthodontic evaluation when and if you are in the Northridge, CA area. She can also be reached at 818.345.9601.