4 Things Adults Should Know About Braces

Orthodontic treatment can help anyone whose teeth are crooked or improperly aligned. If you have an overbite or an underbite, an orthodontist can correct it. Braces are a primary treatment offered by orthodontists. It's very common for adults to get braces to achieve straight teeth and a beautiful smile. Here are four things adults should know about braces:

1. You are never too old for braces.

Many people get braces when they're teenagers. Adolescence is when orthodontic treatment first becomes viable since all of a person's adult teeth should be present before treatment can begin. There are advantages to getting braces as a teenager. Teen jaws are more malleable than adult jaws, so treatment may be more efficient. However, it's never too late to decide to get braces. Adult braces can offer effective results. If you've been bothered by your smile for a long time, make an appointment with an orthodontist to discuss treatment options.

2. You may not require tooth extraction.

Some people fear that they'll require a tooth extraction when opting for orthodontic treatment. It's true that tooth extractions can be helpful, especially for people with crowded teeth. However, if you're adamant about avoiding tooth extraction, your orthodontist may be able to come up with an alternative. Your orthodontist can shave down the sides of your teeth to create more space in your mouth. Removing tooth enamel can make your teeth more vulnerable, but it shouldn't cause problems when done carefully and sparingly.

3. You may need to adjust your diet.

While wearing braces, you'll need to avoid certain foods. Gum, taffy, and caramel can stick to your braces. These sticky foods may pull wires loose. You'll also need to avoid eating whole apples and any hard food that might dislodge a braces bracket. These small sacrifices will ensure your braces treatment is effective.

4. Your teeth can remain in good condition throughout your orthodontic treatment.

Some people worry that they will get cavities if they decide to get braces. It's true that braces pose unique challenges when it comes to oral care. However, braces are perfectly safe. As long as you continue to take good care of your teeth, there's no reason braces should negatively impact your oral health. While wearing braces, you should continue to brush your teeth twice a day. You must angle the toothbrush to clean between your braces brackets. Special pieces of floss with stiff plastic ends can allow you to floss between your braces to prevent cavities. 

Contact an orthodontist for more information.