Although, childhood is an ideal time for the correction and positioning of teeth, more and more adults are taking the right actions to get the smile that they deserve and walking away with excellent results. When teeth don't align as they should, it can cause numerous problems like tooth decay, gum disease, chewing problems, and the inability to swallow properly. Many adults are sick of suffering from these issues and decide to get braces.
What are Braces: Braces come in different options. You can have the standard metal frames that are glued to the front of teeth and wired together to shift teeth back into place. Or you can choose ceramic braces that are the color of your teeth, which makes them less noticeable to others. And lastly, you can have clear aligners, which look like plastic trays that fit over your teeth.
How do they Work: Each of the braces listed above will straighten your teeth into the right position. They do so by attaching mechanical devices or appliances to the teeth to gently push them together. The braces can move multiple teeth at once, and treat the correction of many teeth at the same time. The wiring of the braces works by tightening the pressure on the teeth to help push them into place. The orthodontist will tighten the wire between each tooth with the knowledge of which tooth needs what pressure.
You can never be too old to get braces, but there are some things to consider when thinking about getting braces in adulthood.
Age-Related issues: Unlike younger patients, in adulthood, you may suffer from insufficient bone between the roots, or mild gingivitis. Tooth realignment may take a more involved process for correction.
Vulnerabilities: An orthodontist can watch for signs of particular risks like root resorption or temporomandibular joint disorders.
Change in Oral Hygiene: When it comes to having braces, there are certain things you need to do to obtain a healthy smile. In adulthood, it may be difficult for some to break habits and remember to watch what they eat, or how to clean the braces to prevent issues properly.