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Braces Aren’t Always Just For Teenagers The idea that braces are just for teenagers is a myth. Adults can also use the power of braces to improve their smile and overall dental health. Did you know that there are approximately one million Americans that wear braces and are over the age of 18? If you are considering getting braces, speak with your dentist. He or she can help you conclude if orthodontic treatment is the ideal option for you. An initial consultation can help you determine what the costs will be, how the braces will correct your particular dental problem, the potential duration of the treatment, and an understanding of your particular dentist’s knowledge and expertise with braces.

Why Some Adults Need Braces In some cases, adults did not receive orthodontic treatment when they were young to correct problems such as overbites, crowded or crooked teeth, incorrect jaw position, under bites, or jaw joint disorders. If these issues were not addressed during their youth, these same may result in gum disease, tooth decay, headaches and earaches, as well as biting, speaking, or even chewing problems. Braces provide the same benefits for adults that they do for children and teenagers. In some case, however, treatment may last a bit longer than it typically does for children. On average, a typical adult wears braces for a time period between a year and half to three years. Some adults may need to wear a retainer after the braces are removed, similar to the case of some children.

The Different Types of Braces The nice thing about braces is that they are custom made for each particular person. They use applied pressure to correct your bite or make your teeth straighter. Most people are familiar with the very common metal braces, and those are still used and recommended by some dentists. However, new materials and some other advances in technology have produced other options, including smaller braces that are less noticeable. Instead of metal braces, people have an option to wear clear or tooth-colored ceramic braces or removable aligners that are


practically invisible. This last option is called InvisalignŽ. This product helps to straighten teeth by using a series of aligners that are custom created for a specific patient. These trays are made of smooth, comfortable and virtually invisible plastic that the patient wears over his or her teeth. Wearing the aligners will gradually and most importantly, gently, shift the teeth into place. With these trays, there are no metal brackets to attach and no wires to tighten. Basically the patient just inserts a new set of aligners every two weeks, until the treatment is complete. If you are an adult, or if you have children or teenagers that might be in need of braces, call Richards Dentistry in Mt. Pleasant, MI today. Dr. Richards is an experienced dentist that will help you determine the best course of action to improve your smile and dental health. If you’re in the Mt. Pleasant area, stop by today and let us show you why we should become your dentist. Photo credit: qr5, coloniera2


Braces aren’t always just for teenagers