At what age is it too late to consider braces?
Braces treatment may occur at any age! Invisalign® is very popular with adults, as they are free from the embarrassment that is often associated with traditional metal braces. We have had patients as young as teenagers all the way up to 60+ years old.
How do I take care of my teeth with braces?
With traditional braces, you’ll need to change up your normal dental routine to allow for some special techniques (and possibly tools) that are required for an effective clean. These should be discussed with your orthodontist, but we highly advise avoiding sticky, chewy, and hard foods such as caramel, gum, and gummy bears.
However, Invisalign® braces are removable and do not cause any issues with regular brushing and flossing – making them an attractive, convenient option for many.
What braces options do I have?
There are many braces to choose from; depending on your needs, budget, and other factors that are determined from an in-person consultation with an orthodontist:
Do braces hurt?
Yes. There will be slight discomfort experienced as you wear your braces. This is very common and to be expected. The reason for this is because your braces force your teeth to move towards the center, gradually, in order to straighten them out. But over time you will be accustomed to it and will not feel any pain.
Do braces interfere with sports?
No, braces will not interfere with sports as long as you wear an orthodontic mouth guard that is placed over your braces to protect them from damage as you engage in contact sports. Talk to your orthodontist for custom fitting mouth guards for a secure fit.
How often are follow up appointments?
Once you are given braces, expect to make appointments for necessary adjustments roughly every 40-6 weeks depending on the type of braces you have.
Will I have to wear a retainer after braces?
Yes, retainers are necessary after braces treatment in order to maintain, or retain, the positive results you gained. Failure to wear a retainer will result in teeth moving back into the position they were in before braces treatment started. Your orthodontist will advise you on what’s best for you after treatment has concluded.
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