For most people thinking about braces means thinking about teenagers – awkward, shy, spotty and with metal in their mouth. The idea of orthodontic braces for adults is not one that crosses their mind, and when it does they are appalled.
But for many people having orthodontic braces for adults is a reality that they have to face when they are ‘grown up’ (if we ever really grow up). But the good news is that it doesn’t have to be as bad as it is in your mind’s eye.
The odds are that brace technology has evolved considerably from what your image of it is. These days you can get braces with white or clear fronts, making seeing the brace almost impossible – or you can even have braces that are fitted to the back of your teeth so you are not able to see them at all!
Of course it is not just cosmetics that people worry about with orthodontic braces for adults – other medical considerations come in as well. Firstly you should never undertake a brace regime without a proper consultation or two with your orthodontist.
The good news is that adults braces are just as safe and as easy to use as ‘teenager braces’ are. They work in the same manner, stretching one side whilst compressing the other. Bone still forms to protect the moving tooth, so there is no concern there.
There is no reason that an adult who is looking to improve their teeth and smile shouldn’t use orthodontic braces for adults. They are safe to use and can produce some amazing results – there is a reason why many celebrities choose to use braces well into their adulthood – because they can make teeth look great, a vital part of their world!