5 Things to Know When Getting Adult Braces

Everyone can appreciate a nice smile, both for the personal confidence and the possible health benefits. A big part of a healthy smile is having straight teeth. Unfortunately, the thought of braces for adults causes many people to settle for leaving their mouths the way they are. It doesn’t have to be that way. If you’re an adult considering braces, here are five things you should consider.

1. Do you need braces?
Braces are an important and necessary investment for many adults. Braces can correct crooked or crowded teeth, as well as underbites, overbites and crossbites and help prevent teeth from shifting. To determine if you need braces, you should schedule a consultation with your dentist.

2. You don’t have to get metal braces to have straight teeth.
We live in a wonderful time where metal is not the only option when it comes to braces for adults. Invisalign is a wonderful alternative to braces. They are practically invisible, achieve results more quickly, and do not have the same dietary restrictions as traditional braces.

3. Braces for adults do more than just straighten your teeth.
Braces don’t just correct crowding, crookedness, and bite issues, they can help with your dental hygiene overall. Straight teeth have smaller chances of food and plaque build-up when compared to crooked teeth. Crooked and crowded teeth are more likely to chip and crack, so braces can help protect your teeth. Also, a misaligned bite can cause excessive wear on teeth and even chronic headaches!

For some patients straightening their teeth can also assist them with speaking more clearly, and eating more easily as well. Add this to the fact that most people get a confidence boost from having a healthy smile, and you too might be thinking it’s time to try Invisalign for adults.

4. Braces have an adjustment period.
With traditional metal braces, there is often pain associated with the installation in the mouth. Some people have cuts and other agitations in their mouths from the metal as well. And this sometimes repeats every time the braces are adjusted. This doesn’t occur with Invisalign, though when you first begin using your aligners you still might feel some slight discomfort.

It may also take time to get used to having them in. The ability to remove your aligners to eat and brush your teeth is a great perk that metal braces don’t allow. Just remember to put them back in when you’re done!

5. You will need retainers afterward.
The truth is, our bodies change over time, and our teeth can shift and change too. In fact, this is why many people who had braces as children end up needing Invisalign as adults. They didn’t use retainers, and their teeth shifted over time. It’s important to always wear your retainer and follow your dentist’s instructions. Otherwise, you could end up going through the process all over again in the future.

You deserve a straight, healthy smile, and Invisalign is a great alternative to braces. We want to help you achieve a rock star smile. To learn more about braces for adults, click here.

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