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How necessary is it to get my bite fixed at the age of 35?

Hello, I'm 35 and have been recommended by my dentist to get my bite fixed. I have an overbite, tooth crowding and a rotated upper left inciser. I don't care about the aesthetics, I like the way I look now, but I do care about my health. I don't have any crowns or implants, only fillings. In case of braces I am afraid of complications like gum tissue recession, bone or root resorption, enamel cracks or tooth decay. Moreover, my teeth can get back to their place again, and they won't be fixed in my bone as well as they are now after all these movements. Do I really have to undergo this treatment at my age? In what case can keep my teeth and gums healthy longer - if I do, or if I don't?

Answer: Orthodontics For Health

By BracesInfo.com Expert 10

There are more health benefits to straight teeth besides the aesthetics. According to research, 74% of Americans are affected by malocclusion, which affects your periodontal health. When teeth are not properly aligned, it makes it more difficult to remove plaque. This leads to gum redness, inflammation leading to soft tissue damage, pocketing between teeth, bone loss, gingival recession, and loose teeth. Straight teeth leads to healthy teeth by allowing easier brushing and flossing as well as "tight" gum tissues. Crowding can lead to wear and trauma of the opposing teeth. Unnatural stress and pressure on the jaws and teeth can create notches near the gumline, called abfractions. These abfractions left untreated lead to root exposure and eventually tooth loss. While these things may seem far in the future for you, it is preventable with orthodontics. You are still very young in dental years and will keep your teeth and gums healthier longer with the use of orthodontics. It is recommended that you seek referrals from friends and family, as well as your general dentist. Ask for the opinions of several orthodontists prior to committing to treatment. Orthodontics when monitored properly will not lead to unnecessary dental restorations or implants. There is also Invisalign and Smile Direct Club that straighten your teeth with a series of clear plastic aligners, allowing you to remove them for eating and brushing throughout your treatment.

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