Why Braces Are Worth It For Adults
Braces are worth it for adults for several reasons. First, and most importantly, braces correct a bad bite. When your bite is bad, you can develop issues like worn teeth and jaw pain. Misalignment can make it harder to clean your teeth and lead to increased risk of periodontitis.
There are also significant cosmetic benefits with braces. When you have a straighter and more attractive smile, you tend to feel better about yourself. By straightening your teeth with braces, you can gain self-confidence and feel more attractive — and these things can be priceless at any age.
Adult Braces Options
- Porcelain or Ceramic Braces: Porcelain and ceramic braces both offer the significant aesthetic advantage of being less obvious, as they’re teeth colored. They work the same way that metal braces do.
- Metal Braces: Metal braces are lighter and easier to wear than the braces you may remember from decades ago. They’re crafted from high-grade stainless steel and consist of brackets and wires.
- Invisalign: Invisalign is a teeth-straightening system that uses custom-fitted clear aligner trays to shift the teeth via continual pressure. Invisalign aligners are transparent, making them one of the most popular options for patients who want to be unobtrusive about their teeth straightening.
- Damon System Braces: The Damon System is a type of metal or ceramic brace that eliminates the need for the colored ties to hold the wire. It utilizes light forces to help align teeth and widen smiles.
Time Frame for Adult Braces
The time frame for adult braces varies by patient. Most adults need to wear braces for 12 to 24 months, but it all depends upon your specific bite issues and needs. You’ll need to see Dr. Webb around every 8 weeks for braces check-ups and adjustments, with each visit taking well under an hour.
Flossing and Cleaning Braces
It’s even more important to floss thoroughly once you have braces, as it’s easy for food particles to get trapped in brackets and wires. Dr. Webb will explain effective flossing techniques to you based on which type of braces you choose.
What Not to Eat With Braces
Certain foods can break or dislodge brackets and wires, so it’s best to avoid:
- Chewy foods like caramel
- Very crunchy foods like popcorn
- Very hard foods like hard candy
The Cost of Braces
We understand that budget is a concern for most patients, and we do everything possible to make orthodontic treatment affordable for you. Your braces cost will vary based on the type of braces, how long you wear them, and other individual factors. Webb Family Orthodontics will work with you to create a financing plan that works for your budget, so contact us anytime to get started.