The Ins And Outs Of Braces On Adults

If you have been dealing with certain dental issues like teeth that aren't as straight as they should be, you have an overbite, you have an underbite or you have large spaces between your teeth, then the dentist may suggest braces.

Before you decide whether or not you want to go this route, you want to learn all you can about them and this article will help.

Is it feasible to have braces put on at your age?

Since the ideal age for having braces put on is generally between ten to fourteen years of age, you may be wondering if it's too late for them to really help you.

Even though you may be past what would be considered the perfect age range for braces, they can still help to correct many issues, but they may have to be worn for a longer amount of time in order to do so.

A general rule of thumb is most people tend to wear braces for anywhere from one to two years and then you will need to wear a retainer for a while after the braces have been removed to fully complete the treatment.

Do you have options when it comes to the braces you go with?

There are different types of braces to choose from ranging from the traditional and most familiar silver braces on the fronts of teeth to invisible aligners and even concealed braces that are put on the backs of the teeth. You can choose different colors, including clear or white that won't be as noticeable.

What will it be like to wear braces?

Wearing braces won't be a pleasant experience, but the end result will be worth what you have to go through to get there. You can expect soreness when they are put on and each time you have them tightened. Certain foods will be hard to eat, and you won't be able to eat others.

You should also be prepared for the braces to rub against parts of your mouth and irritate them, but there is a wax to help with this. Your basic tooth care will be the same, except you will need to brush after every meal with braces, instead of just a couple times a day. You may also have to purchase a floss threader in order to get the floss where you need it to go between the brackets.

Contact a business like Reed & Sahlaney Orthodontics, LLP for more help.