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In the past, braces were seen as a means for improving a teenager’s smile. However, in recent years, more and more adults have been choosing braces to address lingering or newly developed alignment issues with their teeth. In fact, there are a number of issues that braces can address to give you a better functioning mouth and a more appealing smile.

Alignment issues can develop with your teeth as you age. This might be a result of changes in jaw structure or from the loss of one or two teeth. You see, when a tooth is extracted or lost to severe tooth decay, it leaves a void that can affect the surrounding teeth. In time, these teeth can start to turn and even move slightly toward the gap. This makes them more prone to chips and fractures and can also leave you with an unappealing smile.

If you had underbite or overbite issues when you were young that were not corrected, it could cause other complications. The misalignment in your bite pattern can make several teeth in your mouth prone to chips or fractures.

If you have minor alignment issues with your smile, it is possible to use removable, clear, plastic aligners like Invisalign® to gradually adjust your teeth. Every two weeks, you will switch to a new set of clear, plastic aligners that is tuned one step closer to your ideal smile.

If you are interested in exploring your realignment options, you should call Phan Orthodontics at 408.251.7901 to see if you’re a good candidate for braces in San Jose, California. Your orthodontist, Dr. Derick Phan, is happy to help you.