Can Adults Wear Braces?

Posted by Ousama El-Hillal | July 1, 2015

Considering getting braces? Well, it’s never too late. As a matter fact, adults make up almost half of orthodontic patients today, hoping to finally have the perfect smile they’ve always wanted. Braces themselves have evolved a great deal over the last few years, providing options that are a lot easier to deal with.

Why Adults Decide to Get Braces
Reasons that adults usually decide to get braces vary, but include the fact that they can finally afford them, that they want to enjoy the health benefits of straight teeth, or are simply going for the cosmetic effect. We all appreciate the benefits of a great smile, knowing that it can have a positive effect on both our professional and personal lives. Most adults who decided to work on their smiles by wearing braces have said that the temporary inconvenience and costs were well worth it.

Braces Today are a lot Easier to Deal with
The brackets used to form braces are smaller today and don’t use all the appliances and bands that uncomfortably wrap around the teeth like they used to. Now, orthodontists use smaller bonded brackets and you also have the choice of wearing clear braces that you can barely see. There’s also a lot less pain and time involved with wearing braces now, which has encouraged more adults to take the plunge.

Why Many Adults Need Braces?
Some adults never received orthodontic treatment as children to fix dental issues like overbites, underbites, crowded or crooked teeth, jaw joint disorders and/or incorrect jaw position. If left untreated, these problems can result in plaque buildup, tooth decay, gum disease, earaches, and headaches, chewing, biting and speaking problems. An improper bite can also make it difficult to chew food properly, leading to gastrointestinal problems.

Does Orthodontic treatment differ between Children and adults?
Braces provide adults with the same benefits that children and young adults receive, however, treatment can take longer for adults. The average adult wears braces between 18 months and 3 years. Adults, just like children, may be required to wear a retainer to sustain the results of orthodontic treatment after the braces are removed.

Do You Need Braces?
The best way to decide if you need braces is to consult with your dentist and ask for a referral if they feel you could benefit from them. Orthodontists specialize in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of dental, as well as facial, irregularities. The preliminary consultation will provide the opportunity to ask questions about orthodontic treatment. Questions you’ll want to ask include whether braces will treat your particular problem, your options when it comes to the braces types, what costs are involved, how long you’ll have to wear the braces, etc. It’s a good idea to make a list of the questions you want to ask before your appointment.

Age shouldn’t be a worry when it comes to braces. Today, people are living longer and preserving an attractive smile and avoiding health issues are important to them. Even senior citizens are getting braces today, understanding that itís never too late to work on your smile.

Ousama El-Hillal
Ousama El-Hillal, referred to as Dr. O by patients, staff and friends is an Orthodontist at E&S Orthodontics. He founded E&S Orthodontics, Your Peoria Orthodontist with Dr. Saavedra in 2004. He is driven to create Wide Beautiful Smiles Without Extractions.

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