Yes, you are absolutely a candidate for adult braces because the types of dental issues that they’re designed to correct can manifest themselves at almost any age. Likewise, we make it a point of pride to offer a wide array of orthodontic treatment options designed for all of our adult patients.
Not only do we serve patients who would like to re-straighten their teeth (as is common), but we also have solutions for people who have never had braces before as well. Your orthodontist will go over all of our treatment options with you well in advance so that you can make the best decision possible moving forward.
Types of Braces
All told, there are a few different types of braces for you to choose from:
Traditional Metal Braces
Here, a series of small metal brackets are attached to each one of your teeth that are then connected together via a metal wire. The strength of that wire is what pulls your teeth into the appropriate position given your end goals.
Ceramic braces work a lot like traditional metal braces but are a much more discreet option due to their construction.
Iconix Aesthetic Braces
Iconix Aesthetic Braces use stainless steel and champagne-colored brackets that are intended to blend seamlessly with your natural teeth.
For the most part, people can expect to undergo treatment with braces for approximately two years. Although it’s important to note that this number will vary a great deal depending on the patient in question. Some types of dental-related issues simply take a longer amount of time to correct than others.
We will work hard to make sure that your treatment doesn’t go on for any longer than it absolutely has to.
How Are Adult Braces Different From Childhood Braces?
The major difference between adult braces and childhood braces is that you’ll simply have more options available to you because of the fact that your teeth and jaw are no longer developing the way a child’s will be.
Of course, this is also going to impact the total amount of time you’ll be expected to go through treatment. Correcting crooked teeth when you’re a child will likely take less time than correcting the same issue when you’re an adult, simply because a child’s teeth are still developing and are thus “easier” to move and shift from a certain perspective. This will probably impact the total price you’ll pay, too – so be aware of that.
For the most part, the technology at the heart of adult braces is nearly identical to that of childhood braces.
How Do I Care for My Braces?
Caring for your braces is easy – all you have to do is be vigilant about brushing and flossing your teeth, particularly after meals. Likewise, there are certain types of foods you’ll want to avoid – like anything that is very small (think: popcorn kernels) or anything that is hard enough to potentially damage the metal bracket and wire system.
How Much Do Braces Cost?
Our treatment fees are based on the treatment complexity. We offer many different types of payment plans. Our experienced financial team will create a plan that meets your needs.