Can Adults Wear Braces?

The rise in technological advancements and Orthodontic research have led to the production of less bulky, inexpensive, and much more aesthetically appealing adult braces. This has resulted in an increase in the number of adults wearing braces nowadays. Adults that are self-conscious about their smile, irrespective of the age, are now getting braces to correct their dental alignment and eventually improve their smile.

Adult braces are specially designed for anyone above 18years of age. Nowadays, common orthodontic issues including misaligned teeth, crowded teeth, bite problems, and jaw disorders can be easily corrected using braces. However, if left unattended, such problems can eventually result in headaches and earaches, tooth decay, gum disease, and also chewing, biting or speaking problems.

adult braces
Adult Braces

Now more than ever, adults understand how much their smile contribute in the way that they perceive themselves, their self-esteem and how much well-aligned teeth play a part in their overall health, this has led to more and more adults seeking orthodontic treatment to perfect their smiles and improve their health. On the other hand, dentists are recommending adults to put on braces to improve their “orofacial” appearance.

 Determining the ideal braces to wear

Adult braces are made of different materials and they come in different types and sizes. For this reason, it is always important to visit an orthodontist in order to get the right brace prescription.  The orthodontist will examine your teeth and jaws and recommend the best fitting to wear based on your particular problem. Through the advice of the adult braces San Diego dentist, you will be able to get the most suitable adult brace for your teeth.

How long will you have to wear braces?

The duration of wearing your braces will depend on your treatment plan. Typically, the more complex your teeth condition is, and the older you are, the longer the treatment period. Most adults can count on wearing full braces within 12 and 24 months, then afterwards wearing a retainer to position and align tissues around the straightened teeth.

 Will treatment be uncomfortable?

At every visit to your adult braces San Diego dentist, the interconnecting wires are tightened, exerting mild pressure on the brackets to shift your teeth or jaws gradually into the ideal position. Your teeth and jaws may feel slightly sore, but the discomfort is only for a short period. There are other chances that some of your teeth may need to be removed to create space for teeth being moved with braces and for appropriate jaw alignment.  If you are recommended to wear aligners, you may experience some soreness while your mouth adjusts to every new plastic tray. So, other than the minor soreness, the rest of the treatment will be comfortable.

Home care of your teeth with braces

To ensure that you maintain high standards of oral hygiene, you should brush after every meal using a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste to avoid enamel staining around brackets.  Using a floss threader, take your time to floss between braces and under the wires. Last but not least make sure that your teeth are cleaned every six months to keep them healthy.

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