Ontario, Canada, Canada, 10/09/2021 / Creative Designs Orthodontic Studio /
When you think of braces, you probably picture an unfortunate teen with their mouth full of metal. But are braces restricted by age? If your teeth are out of alignment, is it necessary to get braces as an adult?
While there are no hard age limits on getting braces to solve misaligned teeth, it’s generally best to get braces as early as possible, while the jaw is still developing. Still, if you believe braces are necessary after adolescence, you can be fitted with them in a dental lab as an adult.
Here’s what you need to know about adult braces.
How to Know If You Need Braces as an Adult
Generally, braces work by slowly forcing your teeth into proper alignment over a long period of time (roughly two years or longer). This is accomplished by either putting tension on the teeth through cemented-on metal bands or by using plastic aligner trays that fit over the teeth. Those dental braces can be created by a professional orthodontic laboratory like Creative Designs Orthodontic Studio.
You may need braces as an adult if
- You have a serious, uncorrected bite issue that makes chewing difficult
- Your teeth are overcrowded as a result of your wisdom teeth growing in
- You have a cosmetic issue with your teeth
You should be aware that getting braces as an adult is risky, as your jaw is fully developed and unlikely to want to move as naturally. Realignment may only be possible through surgery in some cases.
How to Get Braces as an Adult
To get braces as an adult, schedule an appointment with your regular dentist to discuss your options. They can conduct an exam to identify and set a course of treatment for any conditions that need to be dealt with prior to fitting braces or clear teeth aligners. Once that’s settled, you’ll be referred to an orthodontist for fitting.
At the orthodontic laboratory, x-rays and casts of both your top and bottom jaws will be taken to see the current alignment of your teeth. After that, you’ll have your braces installed. You can either opt for traditional metal braces or “invisible” braces that adhere using tooth-colored cement to be less noticeable. The braces will be tightened in place and periodically adjusted as your teeth move.
You may also opt for aligners. These are a series of plastic trays that you use over a set period of time to slowly move your teeth into place. Though more convenient, as you can take them out to eat and brush your teeth, they’re also often less effective and take longer to correct your teeth.
Braces can be a useful tool for correcting issues with your teeth, from the serious to the cosmetic. If you’re an adult considering braces, talk to your dentist about the risks and benefits, and see which options are right for you.
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