Dental Braces for Adults
Adult Braces and Adult Orthodontics
Having teeth straightened and a beautiful healthy smile is not only for teens. Adults can have their smiles transformed through orthodontics too! Braces aren’t just for children and teens. Braces are a proven method of transforming your smile no matter your age! Besides, if you don’t want wires and metal brackets, you can have your teeth straightened with clear braces and clear aligners as well.
In recent years, braces and clear aligners have become a common treatment option among adults looking to straighten teeth, correct issues with bite or alignment, or correct other dental issues such as crowding, closing gaps, and lining up the jaw.
If you are considering braces as an adult, here are a few things to keep in mind:
Setting up for Success
We understand adults lead busy lives, but to ensure the health of your smile, it’s important to come into the office for your regularly scheduled checkups. During checkups, we make sure your teeth are healthy, make adjustments to braces as needed, and discuss what you should do at home to care for your teeth and braces until your next visit. TLC for Smiles sees most patients with braces every 6 weeks, but the frequency of checkups depends on your unique needs.
Traditional braces require that you not eat sticky or hard foods which can damage brackets or get stuck between them. This means avoiding sugared gum, caramel, hard candies, and slicing rather than biting into certain foods like apples, corn on the cob and ribs.
Good hygiene is essential to the success of your adult braces. Because of the appliances used with traditional braces, you will need to dedicate a bit more time to brushing and flossing to ensure all food particles are removed and each part of the mouth properly cleaned.
At TLC for Smiles, we are dedicated to setting you up for success. When you get your braces at TLC for Smiles, our team members explain and show you how to care for your braces. On the day braces are placed, you will receive a complimentary kit including detailed instructions, a food list, oral hygiene kit and other goodies!
Alternative Options to Traditional Braces
If you want to avoid wires and metal brackets, new treatment options such as clear aligners might be right for you. TLC for Smiles offers Invisalign to treat a wide range of common dental problems. Invisalign aligners are clear and removable, so you don’t have to worry about food restrictions or anyone noticing your braces.
To learn more about adult braces, adult orthodontics or Invisalign, call us at (818) 36-2131 to schedule an appointment.