While braces are commonly associated with teenagers and adolescents, adults are fine candidates for braces. There's been an uptick in adults with braces in recent years. It makes sense. After all, there's no time like the present in order to get your teeth in shape and looking beautiful. As an adult, you have a better understanding of personal responsibility, which can make you a real blessing for an orthodontist. If you're considering adult orthodontic treatment, this blog will be very beneficial to you.
Why to Get Braces
Getting braces is a medical decision, but it's also a personal one. If your teeth are spaced or have issues such as an overbite or underbite that you would like corrected, you should do so. Make sure that you are able to afford it. Check your current dental coverage and see if braces are available under the plan. If you aren't able to be properly covered, you should shop around for another plan.
As an adult, there are some things you should keep in mind when getting braces. While your teeth can and will be benefitted by the corrections that braces provide, there are some restrictions. For one, your teeth are usually all fully grown and developed in adulthood. Therefore, you won't have the benefit of certain issues being improved through your teeth growing. It will also take longer for your teeth to be corrected than it would for children or teenagers. Since you've had to wait longer for braces, there will also be more issues that might not be easily remedied. These could require additional oral surgery or procedures such as extractions. Braces will be a big help, but they might not be able to fix all the teeth issues you have.
What to Expect
Understanding what goes into receiving and maintaining braces is crucial. It takes a couple hours to have them put on. After which, your teeth will be sore for at least a few days. Make sure you are eating foods that are soft enough to be consumed without excessive chewing during this time. You might also need to use pain relievers like Aspirin in order to manage the pain. You'll also need your braces adjusted on a regular basis. This can be painful as well, but not to the extent of getting them on for the first time.
As an orthodontic patient, you need to make sure you follow instructions when it comes to maintaining your braces. You need to make sure you are eating correctly. Foods like popcorn and gum can get stuck in your braces and be difficult to extract. You also need to be maintaining your teeth. Brush properly and learn how to floss with braces. Figure out how to thread the floss through the braces and remove any food that gets stuck between your teeth. When it comes time for your braces to come off, you'll be glad that your teeth were maintained.
When you get your braces off, you might need to wear a retainer for a period. Make sure you follow your orthodontist's instructions. If you neglect to wear your retainer, you might have to get braces again. As much as we encourage people to get braces, we don't want you to have to go through it more than once.
Getting braces is a very big decision to make as an adult. We hope you realize just how many advantages there are. You can really give your teeth a boost and embrace a whole new sense of confidence. If you're interested in braces as an adult, please give our office a call today.