Many people wonder if they can get braces as an adult. They are afraid it will look bad, or that the wires won’t fit properly, but these concerns are unfounded because braces as an adult work just like they do in anyone else .You can have your teeth straightened by a professional. Having braces on does not change the shape of your teeth and being an adult does not automatically mean you lose all you teeth. In fact, dentists often recommend that adults get crooked teeth fixed to avoid problems later in life. A lot of people think that the only reason you should get braces as an adult is if your teeth are crooked and you absolutely can’t stand it. That is not the case at all. In fact, there are many reasons why you should consider getting braces on teeth even if they’re perfectly fine and it has nothing to do with aesthetics or your love life. For example, thousands of adults are unfortunately in situations where getting braces would fix their bite and align their teeth despite the fact that they have perfectly straight and healthy teeth already. For a lot of people it’s common to have some misalignment where the top and bottom teeth do not match up perfectly. The cause of this can be traced to an improper bite that has developed as a result of having braces or missing teeth. This can also happen in adults and correcting the alignment is crucial to your health. If you don’t correct misaligned teeth, your bite will worsen and you may develop TMJ (temporomandibular joint) jaw problems. This can lead to problems such as arthritis and degenerative joint diseases. The same thing happens in adults who have no teeth but have obvious crowding. Crowding is a major dental problem in children but does not mean it will pass on to adults. Adults can also have crowding which is a result of either missing teeth or dental wiring that hasn’t been done properly. Adults often have crooked and misaligned teeth due to accidents, which can be corrected with braces. There are times in life when you need to straighten a slightly misaligned tooth and get it aligned perfectly so you can function properly without pain. Braces as an adult can do just that and they can even save your tooth.
Most dental professionals advise that it’s only at the end of adolescence that growth stops altogether and the jaws have finished growing. That means the best time for orthodontic treatment is between around 10 years old and 17 years old. You can have braces fitted at any age even if your wisdom teeth have already grown in. However, some dentists recommend that you wait until you’re at least 14 years old before you consider it. This is because by the time you reach 16 or 17, most people will have finished growing anyway, so there’s no point in having orthodontic treatment earlier than this. Once your molars have stopped growing, they’ll start to move on their own naturally. However, braces can actually speed up this process. That’s why the majority of orthodontists recommend braces for use until you’re in your mid-20s unless your smile is causing problems like affecting your bite or eating ability. Once you reach 25, the chances are that your teeth have settled into a new position and you’ll find it much more difficult to straighten them.
You can get your teeth sorted at any age. You might decide to wait until you’re older because some people are worried about having metal braces in their late teens or early 20s. Getting braces just before you’re 16 or 17 is more useful if you’re worried about the risk of developing crooked teeth. However, you can get them fitted at any time even if you’re very young and have only a small gap between your teeth. If your teeth are crowded, there’s no reason to delay treatment simply because of that.
Some of the dangers associated with adult braces include: over-correction, tooth sensitivity, short term pain and discomfort, longer treatment duration and more trauma to your teeth.
There are two types of adult braces, fixed and semi-rigid. The most important difference between the two is that fixed brackets only adjust around the teeth while semi-rigid brackets allow your teeth to move relative to each other. Both have the same general effect on your teeth and jaw they hold them in place during treatment and keep them in position once treatment has ended.