Contrary to popular belief, braces are not just for teenagers. It is never too late to improve one’s dental health and enhance the smile. Orthodontic dentistry is a major field with advanced solutions for both kids and adults. Nearly one million Americans above the age of 18 wear braces.
The dentist will assess the condition of the teeth to determine whether an adult is a candidate for braces. Improper teeth alignment can be diagnosed and treated effectively using traditional metal or clear plastic braces. Dedicated dentist Dr. Rob Strain provides braces treatment to patients in Rancho Mirage, Palm Springs, Palm Desert, and surrounding communities.
Need of Braces for Adults
Some adults may have never undergone orthodontic treatment as children to correct conditions such as overbite, underbite, crooked or crowded teeth, incorrect position of the jaw, or jaw joint disorders.
If these problems are left untreated, they can not only compromise the oral aesthetic appearance of an adult, but also lead to tooth decay, gum disease, biting and chewing problems, and headache or earache.
Length of Treatment
Adults can gain the same benefits with braces that children receive. However, the duration of braces treatment at a dental office in case of adults may be longer than that in case of children.
On average, an adult may need to wear braces for a period ranging from 18 months to three years. Just as in the case of children, adults will also need to wear retainers to maintain the results of treatment once braces are removed.
Candidacy of an Adult
An adult seeking braces treatment should get in touch with a dentist and ask for a braces evaluation. Depending on the complexity of the case, the dentist may choose to treat the patient or refer them to an orthodontist.
Adults who are unhappy with the uneven or misaligned shape of their teeth will usually make ideal candidates. If the adult is uncomfortable about conspicuous braces, they may be appropriate candidates for clear plastic or invisible braces.
Questions to Ask
An adult seeking braces treatment may ask the following questions from the cosmetic dentist during the initial consultation:
- What will be the estimated cost of braces treatment?
- How long will I be required to wear braces?
- How will my problem be corrected with braces?
- Does the dentist have experience with treating my particular problem?
- How often will I have to visit the dental office?
- Will it be possible schedule appointments at convenient times?
- What types of braces options are available in my case?
A lot of adults prefer less conspicuous braces than traditional metal braces. Removable invisible aligners or tooth colored ceramic braces may be used to make the braces appearance less noticeable.
The adult patient should follow a disciplined regimen of brushing, flossing and rinsing, and minimize the consumption of sweets and carbohydrates. Minor discomfort in eating or speaking may be experienced initially, but most adults will quickly get used to wearing the braces. Dr. Strain receives patients from Rancho Mirage, Palm Springs, Palm Desert, and nearby areas for braces treatment.
If you would like to learn more about the dental procedures and treatments performed by cosmetic dentists Dr. Rob Strain, DDS and Dr. Laura Wittenauer, DDS please call us at 760.568.9494 or click here. Serving new patients in Rancho Mirage, Palm Springs, Palm Desert and surrounding areas.