Braces for Adults: Your Comprehensive Overview
When it comes to correcting bite issues and helping to achieve that perfect smile you've always wanted, one of the most important things for you to understand is that braces are NOT just for teens and younger people. In fact, braces may be MORE suitable for adults for a number of key reasons.
For starters, unlike teens, adult jaws are already developed - meaning that there is less of a chance that your teeth will continue to shift after your treatment has been completed.
Likewise, it's always important to be happy with one's own smile, regardless of your age. For that reason alone, most people quickly decide that braces are very much the right way to go.
Why Should Adults Get Braces?
Maybe the biggest reason why adults should get braces is if they have any bite and/or orthodontic problems that they want to take care of. But going beyond that, adults should get braces to help avoid a myriad of other potential health issues down the road. Your oral health is directly tied to not only issues like periodontal disease, but also gum disease and similar conditions that can occur due to plaque build-up. This is common in people who have a cross bite in particular.
Remember that your teeth can shift at any age. Even if you had perfectly straight teeth growing up and do not have ANY bite problems, these can still happen when you're an adult. This, along with the improvement to your confidence from the aesthetic improvement, make braces a very popular choice for adults.
Note that if you prefer a more discreet look during your treatment, you can always opt for ceramic braces if you so choose.
What Types of Braces Are Available?
In addition to traditional metal braces (which use wires connected to metal brackets to correct your teeth, you may also want to choose traditional ceramic braces as well. This is essentially the same system, only made from a different type of material.
You may also choose to use the Damon System, which itself offers either metal or ceramic braces. These are passive, self-ligating braces that totally eliminate the need for elastic or metal "ties." With Damon Braces, a light and high-technology shape-memory wire will be used that A) moves your teeth faster, and B) requires fewer adjustments than traditional braces. All told, you're looking at a great way to align your teeth and enhance your facial aesthetics - all without dealing with a lot of the downsides that traditional braces often bring with them.
What Type of Timeframe Can I Expect With Braces?
Again - the answer to this question is going to vary based on the patient, so it's difficult to give a concrete answer. Overall, the timeframe of your treatment will depend on what type of bite issue you have, and any other orthopedic issues that treatment may be trying to correct.
On average, adults usually wear traditional braces for between 12 and 24 months. Don't worry - your orthodontist will go over all of this with you before treatment begins so that you know exactly what to expect.