Many adults today are seeking orthodontic treatment to improve their smiles. Gone are the days when braces were thought of as only for children and teenagers. In fact, the American Association of Orthodontists estimates that one in five orthodontic patients is over the age of 21. There are a number of benefits of getting braces as an adult. Most adults today are busy working professionals, and braces can help them maintain a professional image while also improving their smiles.
If you’re considering braces as an adult, you’re likely wondering what you can expect from the process. As an adult, your teeth are already set in their positions, and the process of realigning them may take longer than for a child or teen. But the end results can be well worth the effort and cost.
When you visit an orthodontist, you’ll be assessed to determine if braces are right for you. The orthodontist will also discuss the type of braces you’ll need. Traditional metal braces are the most common, but you can also consider other options like ceramic braces, lingual braces, Invisalign, and WildSmiles.
During the initial consultation, you’ll be able to ask any questions you may have about the braces process, such as how long treatment will take. On average, adults can expect to wear braces for 18-24 months, depending on the severity of the misalignment and the type of braces used.
Once you’ve chosen your braces and started treatment, regular visits to the orthodontist are necessary. These visits are important for monitoring the progress of the braces and ensuring that the teeth are shifting into the correct position. During these visits, the orthodontist may need to make adjustments to the braces to optimize the results.
At home, you’ll need to make sure to take proper care of your braces. You’ll need to brush and floss regularly and avoid certain hard, crunchy, or sticky foods that could damage the braces or slow down the process. You’ll also need to avoid bad habits like chewing on your fingernails or pencils. With proper care and regular visits to the orthodontist, you can have a beautiful smile in no time.
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