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What to Expect When Getting Braces as an Adult

November 4, 2022 8:17 pm

If you’re thinking of getting braces as an adult, you’re not alone. However, it could take longer to see results compared to when you were a teen.

According to Humana, an adult with braces will need to wear them for three to four years compared to only two years as a child. While this may seem like a long time, there are many benefits that braces can have for an adult. Read further to see what to expect as an adult with braces.

A Consultation

The first thing that you can expect is to have a consultation with an orthodontist. They’ll be able to assess your teeth and give you a plan on what braces will work best for your smile. You’ll also be able to ask any questions that you have about braces during this consultation.

The Cost

The cost of braces can be different for everyone because it depends on the type of braces that you need and how long you’ll need to wear them. However, there are many insurance plans that can help to cover the cost. You can discuss payment options with your orthodontist during your consultation.

The Application

When you’re ready to get braces, your orthodontist will clean your teeth and then place the braces on them. They’ll be able to adjust the braces so that they’re tight enough but not too tight. You may feel some discomfort after getting braces, but it should go away after a few days.

Caring for Your Braces

Caring for braces is important so that your teeth stay healthy. You’ll need to brush and floss regularly, and you may need to use special braces toothpaste. Avoid eating hard or sticky foods so that you don’t damage your new braces.

Clear Aligners

If you decide to get clear aligners such as Invisalign, expect to visit your orthodontist more often. They’ll need to adjust your aligners as your teeth move. You can (and should) also remove them when you eat, drink, or brush your teeth.

The Results

After you’ve worn braces for the recommended amount of time, you’ll need to visit your orthodontist one last time. They’ll remove your braces and give you a retainer to wear. Wearing a retainer is important because it will help to keep your teeth in their new, straight position.

Adult braces are nothing to stress over. After a consultation, you’ll have a good idea of the best type of braces that are right for your situation. It may be a big adjustment, but they’re worth it for a beautiful smile! For more information about braces or to get started, contact us today at OrthodonTEX to schedule a consultation!