Why would adults need braces?
Some adults never received orthodontic treatment as children to correct problems such as crooked or crowded teeth, overbites and underbites, incorrect jaw position or jaw joint disorders. Left untreated, these problems may result in tooth decay, gum disease, headaches and earaches, as well as speaking, biting or chewing problems.
Is orthodontic treatment different for adults?
Braces can provide adults the same benefits children receive. However, treatment may take longer than it does for children. The average adult wears braces for 18 months to three years. As with children, adults may need to wear a retainer to maintain the results of treatment after braces are removed.
How much do braces cost?
The cost of braces depends on the type you select. On average, metal braces cost Rs.25,000 to 40,000. Keep in mind that your out-of-pocket costs will likely be higher if you choose non-metal braces.You should also ask your dentist to submit a pre-treatment estimate (also called a predetermination) to your dental plan so you can find out in advance what your out-of-pocket costs will be.
How can I find out if I need braces?
Consult with your dentist and ask for an evaluation. Depending on the complexity of your case and whether or not your dentist performs orthodontic work, he or she may choose to treat you or refer you to an orthodontist – a dentist who specializes in the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of dental and facial irregularities.
The initial consultation provides an opportunity to ask questions about orthodontic treatment:
- What are the costs involved?
- How will the braces correct my problem?
- How long will I need to wear braces?
- What is the dentist’s experience with my particular problem?
- Will I be able to schedule appointments at convenient times?
What types of braces are available?
Braces are custom-made appliances that use applied pressure to straighten your teeth and correct your bite. While some practitioners still favor metal braces as the most reliable, new materials and other technological advances have made smaller, less noticeable braces available. Instead of metal, you may be able to wear clear or tooth-colored ceramic braces or removable invisible aligners.
Types of braces
Metal braces, made of high-grade stainless steel and attached to the front of teeth, are the most common.
Clear ceramic braces are worn on the front of the teeth just like traditional steel braces. Unlike metal braces, they blend with the color of the teeth for a much less noticeable appearance. They may look better, but they may break more easily than metal braces.
Lingual (or concealed) braces have brackets that attach to the back of teeth, so they are hidden from view.
“Invisible” braces are a series of clear, customized, removable appliances called aligners. Not only are these braces less visible, but they also are removable so they won’t trap food and plaque between your teeth like metal braces. Each aligner is worn for about two weeks and only removed for eating, brushing and flossing. This may be an option for individuals with mild spacing problems.
How do I adjust to life with braces?
You probably will experience some discomfort or difficulty speaking or eating when you first receive your braces. While wearing braces, keep your teeth and brackets clean. If you wear cemented, non-removable braces, food and plaque can get trapped between the teeth and gums. To reduce your risk of cavities, follow a regimen of brushing, flossing and rinsing, and reduce your consumption of sweets and carbohydrates. Good oral hygiene may also prevent decalcification (white spots) on teeth and tooth decay.
Which foods should I avoid?
It’s a good idea to skip foods that can damage or dislodge braces. Avoid hard foods such as candy, raw carrots, nuts, popcorn and crushed ice. Other foods to avoid include sticky foods such as caramel, pizza and gum. These foods can get stuck between teeth and gums or bend wires and knock bands or brackets loose. If this results in damage to braces, treatment may be extended.
How often do I need to go to dentist during orthodontic treatment?
Remember that usually orthodontic treatment takes one and a half year to complete and you require to visit the dentist once a month.