Why Braces Are Worth It For Adults
While it’s true that most people associate braces with something you do when you’re younger, dental issues can crop up at literally any age – meaning that braces are never off the table as an effective treatment option.
One of the major reasons why braces are so important for adults is that they can correct a bad bite – something that won’t just improve the aesthetics of your appearance, but that can also improve your quality of life. All this, along with a higher self-esteem you’ll get with your beautiful new smile!
The Time Frame For Adult Braces
The time frame for adult braces varies depending on your specific bite issues and needs. You can expect to wear braces for anywhere from between 12 and 24 months.
It may be helpful to think about it like this: it’s the job of dedicated dental professionals like Dr. Younis to make sure that you don’t wear your adult braces for any longer than absolutely needed. You will wear a retainer after treatment finishes, usually just at nighttime.
Oral Hygiene and Braces: Breaking Things Down
Oral hygiene with braces is essential. It is very easy for food particles to become trapped in the brackets and wires, which can ultimately cause a buildup of plaque and cavities.
During your appointment, Dr. Younis will go over all of the most effective brushing and flossing techniques with you in great detail. You’ll also be given an overview of the most effective tips and tricks to keep your teeth clean and healthy.
The Foods to Avoid with Braces
Certain types of foods can damage or dislodge the brackets and wires in your braces, so it’s best to limit those foods.
These include but are not limited to things like:
- Very hard foods like hard candy.
- Very crunchy foods like popcorn.
- Any food that you need to bite into, like apples.
Most people find adult braces fairly easy to get adjusted to after a day or two, even if they lead a very active lifestyle. If you play sports, for example, there’s absolutely no reason why you can’t continue to do that. Just make sure that you always wear a mouth guard while you’re playing to protect both your teeth and the braces.
Regular orthodontic appointments will be needed to make sure that your treatment is progressing on schedule and to make any necessary adjustments.