Adult Braces: What Patients Need to Know
It’s never too late to receive orthodontic treatment, even if you’re an adult. You have plenty of options to choose from when it comes to selecting a style of braces that works for you.
As an adult, you might think that your options are limited or that orthodontic treatment isn’t available to you, but in fact, braces are widely available and capable of correcting the alignment issues you are facing.
When you schedule an appointment at Central Florida Smiles, our specialists can help you determine whether braces would be right for you. Some of the things we take into consideration are the spacing of your teeth and your bite position, as well as how easily braces might fit into your lifestyle.
You have plenty to consider before getting braces, and we can help get you started now – even before you come into our office for a consultation.
Can You Handle Food Restrictions?
Metal braces are one of the most effective methods of treatment for misalignment and unhealthy bite positions, particularly if you exhibit more severe orthodontic issues. Although you can expect efficient treatment, there are minimum changes that you will experience as you adjust to your braces.
Food restrictions can be a challenge for some patients, as the changes in diet can be difficult to get used to, but it’s important that you refrain from particular foods for the health of your teeth and functionality of your braces.
Hard, crunchy, and chewy foods like chips, caramels, bagels and apples can become lodged in your teeth and make oral hygiene difficult. Additionally, you run the risk of damaging your braces and making your treatment less effective.
If you’re curious about the foods you can and cannot eat, talk to your orthodontist to get a better idea of how you should rearrange your diet.
Caring for Your Braces and Smile
Equally important to your oral health is your oral hygiene. While you likely brush your teeth in the morning and at night and floss daily, you’ll need to increase the frequency that you clean your teeth now that you have braces.
We recommend that you brush your teeth up to three times per day with braces, making sure to clean the metal appliance along with your tooth enamel. When you floss, make sure you guide the floss threader behind the wire to make sure you can floss between the contact of the teeth.
Your orthodontist can give you specific instructions on how to properly brush and floss with braces when you come in for your appointment. They can even provide you with specific tools to help make oral hygiene easier and more efficient.
Are You Prepared for the Treatment Duration?
As your orthodontist designs your treatment plan, they will provide details on what you can anticipate while you’re wearing braces, including how long you can expect to wear them. The treatment duration for braces depends on your individual case, as every patient displays different levels of misalignment, but typically your time with braces will range between 18 and 36 months.
If you’re wondering why your treatment will take longer than usual, it’s likely due to the growth and structure of your jaw. During your youth, the jaw is still in development, which is why much orthodontic treatment takes place between the ages of 7 and 13.
When the jaw is more flexible, it’s more responsive to treatment and takes a shorter amount of time to complete. But as an adult, your jaw has stopped growing, and it takes a greater effort to move your teeth into a healthier position.
Your orthodontic treatment will help produce a healthy and beautiful smile, and we want to help! Contact Central Florida Smiles (at either our Longwood or Lake Mary offices) and schedule an appointment for a consultation.