There are many dental and orthodontic procedures that are designed to improve the appearance of the teeth. Many children have braces in order to straighten misaligned teeth and bring any crooked teeth into line with the others. However, not all children have braces even when they should, and some end up with crooked teeth into adulthood.
As an adult, you may be more self-conscious about the appearance of your teeth, and some adults are keen to take steps to rectify this. Many people wonder whether they are now too old for braces and the good news is that you can have braces as an adult. In fact, research shows that around 20 percent of orthodontic patients are aged 18 or above.
Some Common Questions about Adult Braces
While most children are fine with having to wear braces, many adults feel far more self-conscious and even embarrassed about it. So, to help you with a decision in relation to wearing adult braces, here are some of the most common orthodontics questions and answers.
1. How Do Braces Work?
Put simply, braces work by applying pressure to your teeth to alter their positioning. The aim of the brace is to push the teeth into the desired position and direction as a result of this pressure, which causes the root to press against the alveolar bone. A section of the bone next to the root then dissolves, making way for the tooth to move. New bone is then created in the spaces on both sides of the root.
2. How Long Does Fitting Take?
If you are having braces fitted as an adult, it can take an hour or two to fit them properly. For the next few days following fitting, there may be soreness and tenderness, but you can take pain medication to alleviate this.
3. How Long Do Results Take with Adults?
In terms of how long it takes to achieve the desired results, this can vary from one person to another. It does take longer for the braces to work on adults than on children, and the type of braces and brackets used can also impact on treatment time. On average, it takes around two years for the treatment to work.
4. Will I Need Metal Braces?
While many children are not all that bothered about wearing metal braces, many adults may feel embarrassed about this. Fortunately, modern technology means that braces these days are more comfortable and less obvious than in the past. You can choose from a range of materials for your braces, which includes clear ones that are subtle and effective.
5. What Will the Cost Be?
Naturally, most adults want to know how much they will pay for their treatment when it comes to having braces fitted. Again, this can vary based on a variety of factors such as the type of braces you choose, how severe the problem is, and how long the treatment lasts. However, it is worth noting that some dental insurance plans do cover you for orthodontic services, so it is always best to check your plan if you have one.
Find Out More from the Professionals
If you would like to find out more about having adult braces fitted to improve the appearance of your teeth, you can speak to one of our dental professionals at Sydenham Dental Group. We will be happy to discuss your needs and arrange an initial consultation so that we can provide you with more accurate information. Simply get in touch with our team today to find out more about the options available.