Many healthcare providers have been observing changes in their practices with the COVID-19 pandemic. Hospital NICUs are experiencing fewer premature births. Dentists have more patients with cracked teeth and TMJ pain. Our office is noticing an interesting trend as well—more adults are starting orthodontic treatment.
Masks Make It Easy to Hide Braces
There are probably a few different factors at play here, but the fact that most of us are wearing face masks when we’re out and about is certainly one of the most significant when it comes to adult orthodontics. Invisalign and other clear aligner systems aren’t a fit for everyone, so when left with the choice between traditional braces and crooked teeth, many adult patients choose crooked teeth because they worry what friends, family, colleagues, and clients would think if they had braces.
Now, it’s possible to have braces on your teeth without anyone even knowing. You might even be able to complete your orthodontic treatment before we go back to running errands maskless again. If the fear of embarrassment has kept you from getting the orthodontic treatment you need, you now have a chance to achieve the beautiful smile you’ve always wanted without worrying about whether your coworkers would take you seriously if you are wearing braces. Also, for those times when you might not be behind the mask, esthetic options are available. We utilize state of the art suresmile technology to be able to provide the esthetic options of lingual braces (behind the teeth), clear aligners, and clear braces.
You Finally Have the Time for Orthodontic Treatment
If you’re working from home, you might not have a daily commute taking up an hour or two of your day. You can leave work in the middle of the work day for an appointment with the orthodontist easily without it causing a huge disruption. If the pandemic has given you a little more flexibility, you probably have the opportunity to pursue the orthodontic treatment you have been wanting because you felt you did not have the time.
With all that extra time on your hands, you might also find yourself thinking about your teeth more and researching orthodontic treatment options. Whether it’s finally power washing the patio out back or sewing a quilt you’ve been planning for years, the pandemic has prompted many of us to stop procrastinating and get things done. Straightening your teeth might be another project you’re finally able to tackle.
You Deserve a Little Self-Care
Maybe instead of having more time lately, you have less—you’re juggling working from home with online schooling for the kids and your nerves are frayed. Getting braces is something you can do for yourself to take care of your health and to improve your self-confidence.
A misaligned bite can cause headaches, fractured teeth, and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) issues; crooked teeth are difficult to keep clean and more prone to cavities. Braces improve your oral health and, if you’ve spent years feeling self-conscious about your smile, they can improve your mental health as well. Wouldn’t it feel great to be able to smile proudly when someone takes your picture instead of awkwardly hiding your teeth? Wouldn’t you love to just not have to think about your teeth all the time?!
Learn More About Adult Orthodontics
If you’d like to learn more about starting adult orthodontic treatment, contact us today to schedule an appointment for a consultation.