A native Texan, Dr. Wilson attended the University of Texas at Austin, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology. He then earned his Doctor of Dental Science degree from T.A.M.U.S. Baylor College of Dentistry in Dallas, where he graduated second in his class.
Here in Frisco, we know that when you think braces, you might first think of young kids and teens. This makes sense, as the American Association of Orthodontists reports that over 80% of kids will receive orthodontic treatment at some point.
What you may not be thinking of are adults. But it turns out that’s changing! In fact, roughly 1 in 4 of the 4 million Americans getting braces each year are adults. Why is that? Well, here at Wilson Orthodontics, we have an award-winning graduate of one of the top orthodontic programs in the United States right here in-house! We asked Dr. Wilson to give us 4 reasons to get adult braces. Read on!
1: More Options Than Ever
Did you know that not only are more adults getting braces now than at any time in the past but also there are quite a few more options than ever? It’s true! From traditional metal braces, which employ the standard wire and bracket method, to ceramic braces, which are similar to metal but have a more see-through appearance and a lighter material, the choices are practically endless!
Many working adults are attracted to the reduced profile of ceramic braces. Options such as Invisalign and self-ligating are even more discreet and are suitable for many different types of orthodontic treatment. In some cases, you may even be able to employ a simple retainer, depending on Dr. Wilson’s evaluation of your particular case.
2: Braces Aren’t Just for Straightening Your Smile
As you age, your tooth and jaw profile change. It is a normal part of aging that the jawbone begins to lose density; this, in turn, results in a certain degree of drift in the teeth. Depending on the severity of this drift, it can lead to crowding. Crowding leads to an uptick in harmful bacteria and can cause discomfort with chewing and other health concerns.
Bottom line – braces aren’t just for looks! They can have a significant positive impact on your overall health and well-being!
3: A Little Self-Esteem Goes a Long Way
The Results are in – nearly one-third of Americans say that the first thing they notice about someone new is their teeth. The same research shows that 45 percent of Americans associate straighter teeth with better chances of being hired for a particular job.
It’s not just business! The same study looked at how your smile affects your love life. Long story short, you are roughly 57% more likely to find a match on a dating site, according to the research.
4: They Can Solve Major Health Problems
Some of the common problems treated by braces include:
Malocclusion (misalignment of the teeth)
These bite problems can result in painful disorders such as TMJ and Bruxism (grinding of the teeth). Bruxism and TMJ can lead to increased anxiety, headaches, as well as deterioration of bone density and tooth decay. Dr. Wilson and the team at Wilson Orthodontics can make sure that these disorders don’t develop or, if they’re already present to some degree, can treat them effectively before they cause real problems down the line.
Don’t Wait – Pick a Date!
There are plenty of reasons to get adult braces; we’re glad you’ve taken the time with us to read a few of them! Dr. Wilson prides himself on his honest approach to his work. He prioritizes care and consideration of his patients above all else, so please call with any other questions!
Consultations are always free, and we’re so excited to see you! Let’s find your best smile today!