Posted May 18, 2015.
An adult may feel surprised if their dentist recommends they get braces, but braces aren’t just for kids anymore. Seeing adults with braces, though not common, isn’t all that unusual these days. Here are some of the things you need to know as an adult getting braces.
What Braces Are For?
Orthodontia is used to fix crooked teeth or a bad bite. Straightening your smile can prevent a lot of dental problems such as:
- Gum disease
- Tooth decay, wear, or loss
- Jaw problems
Getting braces doesn’t just make your smile look nice, but protects the health of your teeth and gums as well.
What Types Of Braces Are There?
We are all familiar with the traditional braces and their colored bands. But adults tend to prefer a more subdued, less visible look. Luckily, there are such options available like:
- Braces with ceramic brackets created to match tooth color.
- Lingual braces put on the back of the teeth.
- Clear, removable aligners.
How Effective Are Braces For Adults?
A child’s mouth is still growing which is why orthodontia is more often seen on children. However, braces can be just as effective on adults. Except for extreme cases that require additional treatments, braces can easily align an adult’s smile.