Adult Braces – It’s never too late to straighten your teeth!
Did you know that over 20% of all braces treatments are performed on adults? No matter your age, you can have a healthy, beautiful smile. It is a widespread belief that braces are only worn during the teenage years, but this is a common misconception. More adults than ever are opting for traditional orthodontic treatment to attain the smile they always dreamed of that brings them confidence and self-assurance.
With the increased implementation of digital technology, braces are now smaller and much more comfortable to wear than ever before. Adults understand that a beautiful smile makes an unforgettable first impression. It is one of the few assets that remain just as attractive as we age. At Platinum Dental, we offer our adult patients the very best in orthodontic braces to provide them with the smile they have always dreamed of.
What are the most common reasons that patients seek orthodontic treatment?
Here is a list of some of the most common reasons why adults seek to get braces:
- Crooked teeth – This is the most common and obvious problem.
- Crowding – If an individual has a narrow jaw, this can reduce room for their adult teeth, which results in crowding.
- Gaps – The opposite of crowding, sometimes there is just too much space in a patients’ jaw.
- Asymmetry – It is not uncommon for teeth to drift or our jaw position to change as we age. This can cause our upper and lower teeth not to match symmetrically.
- A deep bite – The upper teeth nearly wholly cover your lower teeth
- A reverse bite – Where the upper teeth bite down inside the lower teeth
- An open bite– When your back teeth bite together, and there is a large visible space between the lower and upper front teeth.
- Impacted teeth – Sometimes, teeth erupt in the wrong position or do not come through at all.
- Adult braces can be effective in correcting all of these issues.
Benefits of Adult Orthodontics
A beautiful smile helps to build confidence and boost one’s self-esteem. Studies have shown that people with more attractive smiles are often more successful in the workplace and are also more favourably responded to in social interactions.
Straight teeth also allow for better oral hygiene. It is far easier to brush and floss straight teeth than those which are crooked. Proper oral hygiene helps prevent a multitude of possible health problems, including tooth decay, grinding teeth, gum disease, and tooth loss.
Straight teeth and a correctly positioned jaw can also help reduce the risk of jaw joint pain.
Let us show you the benefits of adult orthodontics. If you have ever wondered how your smile would look if you had straight teeth, then try our free smile design now! We can show you just how perfect your smile can be.
The Difference Between Braces for Adults and Teenagers
There are a few differences when it comes to orthodontic treatment between adults and teens or kids. One important difference is that treatment time for adult braces is usually slightly longer than that of teens, due to the slower movement of adult teeth. This occurs because adults generally have a denser bone structure.
However, the most significant difference between orthodontics in adults and children is that of periodontal (gum) disease. Periodontal disease is far more common in adults than kids. If an individual’s gums are not healthy, then orthodontics may not be effective. It is therefore imperative that any form of gum disease is rectified before orthodontic treatment starts and is maintained during the procedure. Sometimes this will require more regular checkups for professional cleaning to maintain good oral hygiene. Fortunately, Platinum Dental has the most advanced teeth cleaning system currently available, so you will be in safe and gentle hands.
Digital and 3D printing Technology
3D printing capabilities bring exciting possibilities to the world of orthodontics, and Platinum Dental is proud to be on the cutting edge of this patient-friendly innovation. Our purpose in using any technology is to benefit our patients by creating an efficient treatment process.
Firstly, a digital scanner is used to create a computerised copy of your teeth, which is transferred to our advanced orthodontic software. From here, we can simulate the movement of your teeth from their current location to the desired final position that we want. We are then able to model where to place the brackets on each individual tooth. This is important since it allows us to be far more accurate than the traditional method of using the human eye to decide where the brackets should be positioned. This increase in accuracy will not only improve your comfort while wearing your braces but can also significantly speed up the treatment process, possibly reducing overall treatment length by months.
Advanced 3D Printing
After we are satisfied that we have designed the perfect braces treatment, we use our new 3D printer to manufacture a special tray that is customised specifically to you. We position your brackets within this tray and slide it over your teeth. A simple click lets us know that the tray is in the correct position, and after a couple of minutes, we remove the tray, and you will have all your brackets attached perfectly in place. No pain, no fuss. All that’s required is to thread the first wire, and your braces are ready to go.
Digital dentistry and 3D Printing are the future of accurate orthodontics. The effect of such an accurate system is a far quicker and more efficient treatment time for our patients compared to traditional bracket placement techniques.
Day to Day Life
Are there foods that I should avoid while wearing braces?
It is important to be careful about what you eat while wearing braces since food can often become stuck in both the brackets and wires. This can not only damage the braces but will also increase the risk of cavities and buildup of tartar. We suggest that all our patients are diligent about flossing and brushing their teeth during their treatment to avoid unwanted oral hygiene issues. It’s best to limit certain food types throughout your treatment, such as:
Foods that are hard to chew: chewing gum, licorice, lollies
Crunchy: popcorn, ice
Sticky foods: caramel and other extremely sugary foods
Hard foods: nuts, lollies
Foods that can be difficult to bite into: corn on the cob, apples, carrots
Biting your fingernails or chewing other hard objects can also cause damage to your braces.
How should I brush while wearing braces?
It’s is vital to take extra care brushing your teeth while wearing braces. This means taking slightly more time brushing the hard to reach areas that often get forgotten such as behind your molars and the inside and tops of your teeth.
You can clean your brackets by angling the toothbrush head against them and using a slow and gentle circular motion. Try to take extra care to make sure the brush can also clean underneath the wires.
Another good tip is to replace your toothbrush or brush head every 3 – 6 months so that it can continue to clean efficiently. An electric toothbrush can help clean your teeth more thoroughly!
If you play contact sports, then you need to make sure that you take adequate care to protect your braces and teeth from damage. Be sure to wear a fitted mouth guard at all times. Falling or being hit during sport can cause brackets to break or wires to come loose. This may cause discomfort and possibly add to the cost of your orthodontic care.
Frequently Asked Questions:
There is no such thing as being too old for braces.
Treatment time will vary from patient to patient, but similar cases usually take slightly longer in adults than in children.
You will usually be required to visit Platinum Dental every 4-6 weeks to have your braces tightened.
The length of treatment varies from patient to patient and depends on the severity of the movement required. Some patients may complete their orthodontic treatment in as little as 6-12 months if they have a particularly simple case. More complex cases could take 12-24 months till completion. Book a consultation and speak to Dr. Lane, and she will be able to advise on the expected length of treatment time.
You will still be able to get adult braces, but first, we will have to treat your gum disease. We can actively help you overcome your gum disease and start you on your journey to straighter teeth.
There are a lot of adults in the same situation. We see many people that have had Ortho treatment as a teenager and have since experienced a relapse. There are inexpensive, quick, and simple ways to realign your teeth and help keep them aligned permanently.
A retainer is necessary after orthodontic treatment to prevent your teeth from moving back to their original position. When your braces are removed, we will help to choose an effective retainer for you, this will either be a permanent metal retainer or a clear plastic retainer that you will be expected to wear only at night.
There is usually only a little discomfort when wearing braces, and it doesn’t last the entirety of your treatment. In fact, most discomfort disappears very early on during the initial treatment phase. Most patients will experience pressure on their teeth, but this is to be expected as it shows us that the braces are working and slowly moving your teeth to their new position. Occasionally your braces may run against your inner cheek, but we can show you how to minimise or rectify this if it does happen.