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Are Braces Worth It?

If you have ever considered investing in braces, you’ve probably wondered if they are worth the price tag. Although braces may seem expensive, the results of wearing braces far outweigh the price. In fact, braces may soon become one of the most rewarding investments you can make for your oral health and self-confidence. So, are braces worth it? The answer is yes. We are here to tell you why.

fake teeth with braces

Who can wear braces?

Are you too young or old to wear braces? The truth is, patients of almost all ages can be qualified to wear braces. In fact, the American Association of Orthodontists has recorded that about 20% of individuals wearing braces are adults, making adult braces incredibly common. Whether you are looking to enhance the beauty of your smile or are interested in fixing a dental problem, the Memphis orthdontic team at Parris Orthodontics can help find out if braces are right for you.

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What are the benefits of wearing braces?

Orthodontic braces can help improve your oral health in a variety of ways. With proper care and maintenance, the benefits of braces can last you a lifetime, making the investment worth your while. The benefits of braces go far beyond a more beautiful smile. Braces work to help you live a happier and healthier lifestyle.

Braces straighten teeth.

It will come as no surprise that one of the main reasons patients choose to invest in braces is for straighter teeth. Because all types of braces work to space your teeth proportionally, you will see your smile gradually become more straight. With the help of braces, you can achieve the straight smile of your dreams!

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Braces prevent oral health issues.

Did you know braces can help solve and/or prevent a variety of oral health problems? Alignment problems may not only affect the beauty of your smile but can also affect your overall health. Alongside the cosmetic purposes behind braces, your investment can also help prevent:

  • Gum disease
  • Tooth decay
  • Cavities
  • Erosion 

Braces boost self-esteem.

With a straighter and brighter smile, braces can drastically improve your self-confidence. Although braces can benefit your oral health, they can also work to enhance your mental health as well. Before braces, you may feel self-conscious about showing off your teeth. However, newly aligned teeth and a brighter smile can make all the difference when it comes to smiling confidently.

girl with braces in fall

Braces improve bites.

Bad bites can cause a variety of oral health issues, including toothaches, receding gums, misaligned jaw, severe headaches, and more. Malocclusions occur when your teeth are crooked or overcrowded. However, under and overbites go far beyond their appearance. A bad bite has the potential to cause serious damage to your mouth. Luckily, braces work to effectively improve your bite and prevent further issues from arising.

Braces prevent dental injury and jaw strain.

When your teeth are misaligned and misshapen, you are more at risk for dental injuries sustained as a result of a misaligned bite or pressure on the jaw. This can also result in TMJ pain and TMJ disorders. With the help of braces, your orthodontist can remove the strain and pressure placed on your teeth and jaws that can result in pain and dental disorders.

TMJ Disorders

TMJ disorders stem from problems related to the temporomandibular joint. TMJ flare-ups can cause severe pain, including headaches, vertigo, and other serious symptoms. More serious problems associated with TMJ disorders include improper jaw function, which can lead to malnutrition, as well as severe pain throughout the head, face, ears, and other parts of the body. If left untreated, TMJ disorders can lead to lifelong pain.

Braces help enhance speech.

The location of your teeth can play a critical role in how well you speak and communicate with others. Whether you are suffering from a lisp or inability to pronounce certain words properly, braces may be an option for you. Our team can help you decide which type of braces is right for you to help enhance your speech. 

What type of braces are right for me?

With their own unique advantages, there are a variety of different braces options available at Parris Orthodontics. Because every patient has different oral needs, our team works to identify issues and propose the best braces treatment for you.

Traditional Braces

The most common type of braces is traditional metal braces. Made of high-quality stainless steel, traditional braces are a durable and affordable way to straighten your teeth and improve overall oral health. The advantages of traditional braces include:

  • Affordability
  • Stronger materials
  • Treatment time


If you are looking for a discreet way to straighten your teeth, Invisalign may be the answer for you. The Invisalign treatment includes clear and customized aligners that work to improve your smile. With 3-D computer graphics technology, you can track every step of your Invisalign experience and see each improvement along the way. 

Clear Braces

Similar to traditional metal braces, clear braces include wires and brackets. However, clear braces are less noticeable because the brackets are clear. Clear ceramic braces are popular among adults who are looking to fix severe misalignment or other dental issues. There are a variety of benefits to clear braces, including:

  • Treatment time
  • Discreet
  • Comfort
  • Affordability 

Braces at Parris Orthodontics

Are braces worth the investment? YES! Braces come with a variety of benefits, including straighter teeth, health improvements, self-confidence boosts, and more. Whether you choose traditional braces or Invisalign, our team at Parris Orthodontics will work to develop a customized plan to help you improve your smile. 

To learn more about the different types of braces or find out which plan is best for you, contact us today to schedule an appointment with our Memphis orthodontist. 

Posted by Bill Parris at 08:39
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