Why Braces Are Worth It For Adults
When a lot of people think of the ideal candidate for traditional braces, they call to mind someone who is under 10-years-old. Maybe they think about someone who is a teenager but very rarely, if ever, do they picture someone who is older than that.
The truth is that absolutely ANYONE is an ideal candidate for braces, no exceptions. This is because the types of dental issues that braces are perfect for correcting can happen at literally any age. While it is absolutely true that your jaw (and, by association, your teeth) are still developing during your early adolescence, problems like a bad bite or crooked teeth can happen well into your adulthood. There's no reason why you should have to live with these problems if the technology exists to give you that perfect smile you've always wanted.
Along the same lines, wearing braces as an adult can also help prevent the development of certain types of health issues later on in your life. These include but are certainly not limited to things like earaches, chewing problems, headaches, bone erosion, chronic jaw pain, TMJ, face pain and many, many others.
Finally, the number one reason to get braces as an adult has to do with the many different cosmetic benefits you won't be able to match through any other means. Not only will you be able to finally enjoy that perfect smile you've always wanted for yourself, but for many people the higher self-esteem alone is more than worth the investment.
The Timeline for Adult Braces
The most essential thing to understand about adult braces is that the total amount of time you'll have to wear them will likely vary on a patient by patient basis. More often than not, the timeframe for adult braces will depend on the patient's specific bite issues and/or other dental needs. Obviously, certain severe issues will take a longer amount of time to correct than others.
Oral Hygiene with Braces
The importance of practicing proper oral hygiene while you're wearing braces is something that literally cannot be overstated.
Unfortunately, it is easy for food particles to become trapped in the brackets and wires of your traditional braces. But don't worry, there are steps that you can easily take to mitigate this type of risk moving forward. During your initial consultation appointment, Drs. Harvey and Thomas will explain effective brushing and flossing techniques based on which type of braces you choose. Drs. Harvey and Thomas will make sure that you leave that information with all the actionable information you need to make the best and most informed decisions possible moving forward.
Foods to Avoid with Braces
The good news is that braces technology has come a long way in the last 10 years or so in particular, so you won't find that they impede your lifestyle in any appreciable way. Having said that, there ARE a few key types of foods that you'll probably want to avoid for the duration of your treatment.
This is because certain types of foods can damage or even dislodge the brackets and wires that make up your braces in some situations.
These include but are certainly not limited to things like very hard foods (think: candy), very crunchy foods like popcorn, and any food that you need to bite into. So if you're one of those people who loves apples out there, unfortunately you're probably going to have to wait until the end of your treatment. But it's okay - because the results will be more than worth it.