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What Adults Can Expect When Getting Braces

Posted on October 18, 2022

A common misconception is that braces are designed for children. However, this isn’t the case. According to the American Orthodontics Association, about one in every three people wearing braces are adults! So, if you’re considering going for braces, feel confident and know you aren’t alone. But before you visit a professional orthodontist, it’d help to have a clear idea of what to expect. Here’s some useful information you may find helpful.

Your Teeth Alignment Will Improve

If you have misaligned, crooked, or crowded teeth, braces will pressure them to move into the correct positions. As a result, your smile will improve, and you’ll be able to eat more comfortably. You may also notice a difference in your jaws and facial appearance.

You May Have to Wear Your Braces for Up to Three Years

The duration of wearing braces for adults varies from person to person; however, you can expect to wear them for one to three years. It all depends on factors such as age and the severity of your teeth problem.

An Orthodontist Will Adjust Your Braces Regularly

You’ll need regular inspections and brace tightening by an orthodontist to ensure your teeth shift and straighten correctly. The frequency of adjustments depends on numerous factors, including the discomfort level, the condition of the brackets used, and the speed at which the patient is attaining results. Your dentist will advise on the visiting schedules.

You Might Experience Short-Lived Limitations

Braces might affect your participation in certain activities. For instance, there are foods you can’t eat, at least at the initial stages. In addition, they limit you from enjoying playing some games like rugby. Fortunately, these limitations don’t last long. After a few months, most adult patients can resume regular activity without problems.

Braces Aren’t Uncomfortable or Painful

Most adults who get braces report no pain or discomfort during the process. However, there may be times when you experience mild soreness or tenderness around your mouth. This usually goes away after two weeks.

Getting braces as an adult is not tricky. If you’re ready to improve your bite and appearance, we’d love to meet you soon! Schedule an appointment with us today at Silver Smiles and let our team of experts take care of your dental treatments.


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