Braces aren’t just for teenagers. No matter your age, it’s never too late to improve your dental health and beautify your smile.
Some adults never received orthodontic treatment as children to correct problems such as crooked or crowded teeth, overbites and under-bites, incorrect jaw position or jaw joint disorders. If left untreated, these problems can result in tooth decay, gum disease, headaches and earaches, as well as speaking, biting or chewing problems.
Like teenagers, adults can receive the same benefit of an improved smile and oral health from wearing braces.
Metal braces, made of high-grade stainless steel and attached to the front of teeth, are the most common. Some patients may complain about discomfort from metal brackets rubbing against the skin. If you experience any pain or discomfort, ask your dentist or orthodontist for some dental wax to place over the brackets.
Clear ceramic braces are worn on the front of the teeth just like traditional steel braces. Unlike metal braces, they blend with the colour of the teeth for a much less noticeable appearance.
Lingual braces, or concealed, braces have brackets that attach to the back of teeth, so they are hidden from view.
Invisible braces are a series of clear, customized, removable appliances called aligners. Not only are these braces invisible, but they also are removable so they won’t trap food and plaque between your teeth like metal braces. You’ll wear each aligner for about two weeks and only remove it for eating, brushing and flossing. This may be an option for individuals with mild spacing problems.
Sometimes when a brace is fitted, it may affect your speech and cause problems in pronouncing certain words. Lisping may also be a problem at first. But most people soon adapt and begin to speak clearly within a few days.