Adult braces. They can be one of the most positive life choices an adult can make – and they can solve problems people have been dealing with for years or even decades – but at least 71% of adults hesitate to get them. With new technology available, it’s possible to have braces without anybody knowing. Modern advances mean that your braces can be virtually invisible, which is just one reason their popularity is rising.
Different types of braces for adults
- Damon Q Metal braces
These are the metal brackets that are most commonly worn.
- Damon Q Ceramic Braces
Ceramic braces are the same size and shape as metal braces and have tooth-coloured or clear brackets that blend into your teeth. Tooth-coloured wires are also available in the initial phase of your treatment and are even less noticeable.
- Incognito Lingual Braces
Lingual braces are the same as traditional metal braces but the brackets and wires are placed on the inside of your teeth. Dr O’Connor only places lingual braces on the upper and will place traditional braces on the lower.
Invisalign® consists of a series of custom-made, clear plastic aligners, which are removable and replaced every 1-2 weeks. Small tooth coloured attachments are strategically placed on teeth to facilitate the movements necessary for a perfect end result.
Classic Orthodontic treatment questions for adults.
What options will work for my teeth?
If you are a candidate for braces, Dr O’Connor will recommend an appliance specific to your dental needs. Options include Damon braces, Incognito lingual braces, Invisalign or removable corrective appliances.
How long will I wear them?
Adult teeth are no longer developing which means you may have to wear braces for a longer period of time, as they will shift slowly. The average adult wears braces for 18 months to 24 months. Once your braces are removed, you will need to wear a retainer to maintain the results of your treatment full time for a short period, then progress to night time only.
How do I take care of my teeth while my braces are on?
Brush your teeth by using a regular soft toothbrush. Angling your brush down above the braces, then up from the bottom on each tooth. You should be spending at least 3-5 minutes each time you brush, and at least twice a day. Flossing proves to be a more difficult job now with braces, however, with the right tools such as Superfloss, you will find the task a lot easier. The floss has a stiff end allowing you to feed the floss through underneath the wire and wrap around the teeth with ease.
How often will I need to come in for an office visit?
Your visits with Dr O’Connor will vary, however, from your initial appointment to put your braces on, your visits will be roughly 4-8 weeks apart, we use these initial appointments to make any adjustments and ensure you are keeping up with your oral hygiene and answering any questions you may have. As you come closer to finishing treatment, your appointments may become more frequent, as we begin the detailing stage of your treatment. Side note: The frequency of visits varies for every individual case.
What happens after I get my braces off?
Don’t expect to be completely finished with visits to the orthodontist! All patients need to wear a retainer after they get their braces off or stop wearing their aligners to maintain your perfect smile! Your orthodontist will monitor your teeth for at least another year.
Does your office offer payment plans?
Payment plans are available for all your treatment needs over a 12 month period interest free.
We at Solas Orthodontics are here to answer any other questions you may have and work together with you to create your treatment plan every step of the way. Call today to book a consultation!