Adult Braces – What to expect

Braces are usually a dental aid associated with paediatric dentistry, although many adults wear braces, Invisalign and other devices to straighten their teeth. There is, in fact, no cut-off age for wearing braces, and as with kids, adults can wear them for between 1 and 24 months.

“A generation ago, adults didn’t always keep their teeth, much less straighten them,” says Leslie A Will, DMD, of Boston University’s Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine.

She says that “people want their teeth to be healthier. They want their bite to be better, and they want them to look great.”

There are many reasons to have braces as an adult. Besides fixing crooked teeth, adults can use braces to diminish gaps between the teeth and fix an overcrowded jaw.

Your orthodontist will give you a timeline during your initial consultation and may adjust it as needed during follow-up appointments, explains the North American Dental Group. The most important thing to do, however, is be patient. The pay-off is well worth the time.

Are adult braces expensive?

Braces are generally a costly affair. But there is no price difference between braces for adults and braces for children. The price will, however, differ depending on the reason for the braces and the type of braces you choose.

You can choose between the common metal braces, ceramic braces, invisible braces or Lingual braces.

Health Harvard says that childhood is the ideal time to make changes in the positioning of the teeth, though adult braces have grown in popularity recently and have shown impressive results nonetheless.  Adults’ bones have stopped growing like those of children, so some structural changes cannot be accomplished without surgery. But there are many goals that can be reached with the proper treatment, and an understanding of the limitations before embarking on the braces journey.

The American Association of Orthodontists notes that one in five orthodontic patients is an adult.

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