Adult Braces: Q&A

Think you're too old for braces? Think again! Tom Cruise is just one of many famous faces who've embraced a metal mouth in adulthood.

Think you’re too old for braces? Think again! Tom Cruise is just one of many famous faces who’ve embraced a metal mouth in adulthood.

Not all of us are lucky enough to have naturally straight teeth. Whether you have one or many teeth out of place, chances are that you have considered braces. Some parents choose to get their children braces during adolescence, however, that is rapidly changing. In 2010, the number of adults in braces was up 23% from 1989, when the American Association of Orthodontists started tracking patients by age. Getting braces should require a lot of thought and patience as they can change the whole structure of your dental arch. You can check out this site for more information on dental arches: What is a dental arch? | Bell Harbour Dental.

If you are an adult who is considering braces to straighten your teeth, read this list of commonly asked questions and answers to help you better prepare yourself:

Is there a certain age limit for braces?
There is no age limit for braces. As long as your teeth and gums are healthy, you can benefit from braces. If you have problems with your gums, braces might not be the best idea. The pressure braces put on your gums can make your issues worse. Keep in mind this varies case-by-case, so talk to your dentist to get the best recommendation.

What causes the need for braces?
Some orthodontic problems are genetic while others develop over time due to thumb- or finger-sucking, mouth breathing, dental disease, accidents or poor nutrition. Some adults who wear braces may have had them in the past and never wore their retainer causing their teeth to shift.

Will braces be tight and painful?
Having braces is like breaking in a new pair of shoes. After a short period of adjustment, braces are usually quite comfortable. Chewing gum tends to reduce soreness when it occurs.

How long will I have braces?
The time of treatment depends on the severity of the issue. Over and under-bites generally take longer to correct than simply straightening teeth. At your first orthodontic visit, your orthodontist will be able to give you a more accurate time frame.

Braces are a great way to gain confidence and get your smile looking its healthiest. If you think you might benefit from braces, schedule an appointment with your dentist to discuss your options.

Do you have advice for adults researching braces? Leave your words of wisdom in the comment section below.

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3 Responses to “Adult Braces: Q&A”

  1. Marcus Coons
    07/21/2017 at 12:44 pm #

    I had no idea that you could chew gum to reduce soreness when getting braces. It makes sense that doing this can help your teeth get a workout in their new position and adapt faster to the best form of chewing for your bite. My brother is planning on getting braces but because he is an adult I wanted to do some research to make sure his investment would pay off, so I’ll make sure to share your tips with him so he knows what to expect.

  2. Dentist Henrico VA
    07/01/2018 at 9:57 pm #

    Thanks for providing this post. There are many people who are truly fortunate to have such beautiful, straight teeth but those who don’t have naturally beautiful teeth can get help through dental treatments. I do agree that there is no age of dental braces and children as well as adults can adopt that treatment. Keep up the good work!
    Dentist Henrico VA

    • Caroline Jacobson →
      07/02/2018 at 7:48 am #

      Thanks for reading!

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