When most people think of traditional braces, they think of teenagers. Although, there has been an increase of adults opting for this orthodontic treatment too!
Who can have braces?
As long as your teeth and gums are healthy, braces are an efficient and effective way to straighten your teeth and to correct your bite. Many people choose braces as a stand-alone orthodontic treatment, or in combination with other appliances, like a plate.
Who cannot have braces?
Patients with unhealthy gums, increased gum recession or bone loss, may not be recommended to proceed with a braces treatment, due to the pressure they can put on your gums and jaw. This pressure in an unhealthy mouth can result in complications.
Can you have braces at any age?
Traditional braces have no age limit, so don’t be put off by the stereotypes! Naturally, an older patient will need to have robust, tough and flexible gum tissue that is able to bounce back if they are considering braces.
It is becoming more common for adults to be fitted with braces. Many of these patients probably saw a need for corrective treatment at a younger age, but could not afford it, or did not have access as readily as they do today. Most turn to braces in adulthood to try and fix crooked teeth or a misaligned bite, for an overall aesthetically pleasing smile.
How do braces work?
Braces are a popular orthodontic treatment for cosmetic purposes and functional purposes. Whereas some other orthodontic treatments may address one or the other, braces are a complete solution. Traditional braces are made of ceramic, porcelain or metal alloy which is secured to the front of the teeth with a dental adhesive.
Archwires are attached through the brackets, which places gentle pressure and tension on your teeth, moving them gradually into the desired place. Small adjustments are made every appointment to the appliance to shift these pressures slightly by your Smileworx orthodontist until your teeth are in perfect alignment.
Traditional braces can be used to:
- Align and straighten your teeth
- Correct bite relationships (Underbite, Overbite, and Crossbite)
- Improve the aesthetics of your smile
- Improve the functionality and health of your smile
How do I get the best results from my braces?
As the alignment of your teeth starts to change, your bite may also need to be aligned. In order to do this, your orthodontist will fit your braces and you will be given elastic bands that will attach to small, rounded bars on both the top and bottom rows of your braces. These elastics will be worn continually throughout your treatment (this means when you are sleeping too), except when you eat and brush your teeth.
In order to achieve the best results from this treatment, you must commit to wearing your elastics and to maintain excellent oral hygiene for the course of your treatment. This includes the general daily routine of brushing your teeth twice a day (or if needed, after you eat), flossing your teeth and braces, and making sure you don’t consume anything that may damage or break the braces appliance.
How long do I wear my braces for?
The treatment case and duration of treatment will vary for each individual. However, braces are generally fitted for an average of 18- 24 months. The experienced team at Smileworx will discuss your tailored treatment plan when you have your first consultation.
To find out more about braces or to see all the options that Smileworx has to offer, contact us today!