4 Essential Things to Know About Adult Braces
If you’re an adult who has recently been advised by your dentist to get braces, and you’re hesitant about having to wear them at your age, Dr. Kami Hoss wants you to remember that you’re not alone. A lot of older people ignore their dentist’s advice to get braces for the mere reason that they’re ‘too old’ for it. But if your dentist really does recommend it not only for your crooked teeth but also for your health issue/s (migraines or earache perhaps), this short guide might be able to finally convince you to embrace adult braces.
A mini guide to adult braces
Types of braces
Several decades ago, the only braces that you’d see are those made from metal. Nowadays, you have more variety, which is a plus for adults who may feel too self-conscious with wearing metal braces, says Dr. Kami Hoss. Briefly, there are three general types of braces that you can choose from: metal, ceramic, lingual, and aligner braces.
Ceramic braces are attached in the same manner as metal braces. The only difference between the two is that ceramic braces are more ‘invisible’ than metal braces because they come in the same shade as your teeth. The wires used are also close to the shade of your teeth.
Lingual braces are also like the metal and ceramic braces except they are attached on the inside of the bite instead of outside. In other words, they are behind your teeth. Only when you fully open your mouth could other people see a hint of your braces; otherwise, they could be totally unaware that you’re wearing braces. The only downside here is that they are harder to clean because you can’t see them.
Aligner braces are a removable type. They are also not as visible as the traditional braces. The downside is that it’s not for everyone, meaning your bite or teeth issues may not be suitable for this type of braces. It is also more expensive than the other types of braces, says Dr. Kami Hoss.
Duration of treatment
Because adult teeth and gums are not as pliable as that of the younger kids’, they may need to wear their braces longer. If kids usually wear their braces for about 12 to 18 months, adults may need to wear theirs for two to three years.
Braces can set you back anywhere between $5,000 and $6,000, depending on several factors: issues to be corrected, treatment, and type of braces, among others. If you’ve been advised by your dentist to get braces, check with your insurance first if they cover this type of dental treatment, and if they do, by how much. You should also check with your employer, recommends Dr. Kami Hoss; because sometimes, they’re willing to shoulder the remaining cost.
- Don’t be ashamed; wear your braces proudly
- Act as if you don’t have them to avoid being self-conscious
- Brush your teeth after every meal
- Don’t leave home without a toothbrush
- Don’t skip dental appointments to avoid prolonging the treatment period
Stay tuned for more dental tips and articles from Dr. Kami Hoss.