Just How Important Are My Teeth In Retirement?

Written by Anthony Pistolese

Today, braces are making a profound difference in people’s lives – regardless of their life stage. In fact, more and more mature adults are choosing to correct their teeth with adult braces at a later age.  Some older adults now wear braces at the same time as their grandchildren!  After all, retirement years bring with it the time to do things you never had the time or money for when you were younger.  Since teeth can be corrected at any age and seniors are living long and full lives, it is more important than ever to take proper care of your teeth.

Why are Seniors Choosing Adult Braces?

Increase Self Confidence and Quality of Life

A good looking smile can help increase self-confidence and a study conducted by the American Association of Orthodontics discovered that adults who underwent orthodontic treatments reported that these treatments significantly improved both their personal and professional lives. Specifically, 75 percent of adults reported of improvements to their career or personal relationships as a direct result of their new and improved smiles. Further, they stated that their new smile boosted their self-confidence, and over 90 percent of these survey respondents said that they recommend adult braces and related orthodontic treatments to other adults.

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Improve Overall Health

While some people may opt to get braces for cosmetic reasons alone, it is important to remember that overlapping and/or crowded teeth can be more difficult to clean.  As a result, tooth decay and gingivitis are more likely to occur and these conditions can unfortunately also lead to cardiac issues. Further, people with teeth that do not line up properly can have problems swallowing and chewing food.  Poor alignment of teeth can also put stress on facial muscles which can result in pain.  Lastly, teeth misalignment can make it difficult to pronounce some words and sounds.Staying healthy should be at the forefront of your retirement years – you worked hard to get here, so you want to make sure you are maximizing the time you have to enjoy this time!

Improvements in Adult Brace Technology

More people are also choosing adult braces as there has been a significant improvement in orthodontic treatments in the past few decades.  As many adults and seniors were concerned about how awkward metal braces may impact their appearance, adult braces now come in a variety of different forms and materials that include the popular clear Invisalign retainers and white ceramic braces.  Another good option for adult braces is lingual braces which are attached to the inside of teeth.  Many seniors opt for these types of braces as they are essentially invisible to any onlookers, though take a little extra maintenance.

Overall, more and more seniors are choosing to wear adult braces.  Adult braces can improve your appearance, boost your self-confidence and improve your overall health to boot, making the decision to get adult braces at a later age makes complete sense. What’s stopping you?

Hi I’m Anthony Pistolese, and I’ve been an Orthodontist for almost 25 years! I love my work and spend most of my time helping to achieve the best results for patients in Sydney, Australia. I love golf, but rarely get to play. The only other male in my household is Buddy the King Charles Spaniel and he thinks I’m special! Occasionally, I escape for a boy’s week out on the water deep-sea fishing in the sunshine and the salt but my latest craze is making pizza’s in our wood fired oven.

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About LoveBeingRetired

Dave Bernard is a California born and raised author and blogger with an extensive 30 year career in Silicon Valley. He has written more than 300 blogs for US News & World On Retirement and his personal blog Retirement – Only the Beginning. He has authored three books: "Are you just existing and calling it a life?"; "I want to retire! Essential Considerations for the Retiree to Be"; and " Navigating the Retirement Jungle". Dave was also a contributing writer for the books 65 Things to do when you Retire (“Positive Aging – Old is the New Young”) as well as 65 Things to do when you Retire – TRAVEL (“Travel to Discover your Family Heritage”). He lives in sunny California with his wife, his Boston Terrier "Frank" and a passion for the San Jose Sharks.