3 Basic Things You Need to Know About Adult Braces

 Braces aren't just for kids anymore: Adults can now have their teeth straightened. There could be several reasons an adult may need their teeth straightened, like if they had braces as a child but their teeth grew in crooked again. Maybe they took a bad fall or had a health scare that damaged their teeth.

 Regardless of the reason, adult braces are a proven solution for crooked teeth in adults. If you're on this page, it's likely that you are looking into getting your teeth straightened as an adult and want to learn more about it. Here's three things that are essential to know about adult braces.

The Importance of a Dentist Visit

This is just a list of the most basic things to know for adults who are planning on getting braces. It's very important to consult with your dentist to determine which type is ideal for you. If you live in Canada, your local Calgary dentist will tell you if your braces can be covered by insurance. Otherwise, your dentist will also help you decide if you need them altogether.

Ultimately the decision is up to you, so make sure to get educated on the subject before making any big decisions.

Kinds of Braces

There are 4 kinds of adult braces on the market: Metal, ceramic, lingual and invisible. Each type has benefits and drawbacks, from the cost to the appearance:

Metal. These are the ones that you think of when you imagine braces. They're the most noticeable, being that they're metal against white teeth, but they're the least expensive.
Ceramic. These are actually metal, but the brackets are clear or off-white. This makes them less noticeable and a better option for people who don't want their braces to be obvious.
Lingual. These are also the same as metal, but they are installed on the tongue side of the teeth. This makes them not visible unless looking into the inside of the mouth, but they are expensive and hard to adjust. They're also not appropriate for severe cases.
Invisible. These are invisible, resemble mouth guards, and they are removable. They gradually move the teeth over the course of several months when replaced every couple of weeks.

Cost

The cost of adult braces, just like the cost of teen braces, varies depending on the several factors. These factors can include:

How misaligned the teeth appear to be
The type chosen
Whether you also need other procedures such as an extraction

Metal braces are the least costly option because they're the most "old-fashioned" method and they're also the most noticeable. Metal braces are also the easiest for dentists to install. Ceramic is more expensive, but not by too much since they're pretty much the same as metal braces.
 
There is a price jump to lingual braces, which are the most difficult to install (behind the teeth). Lastly, invisible braces such as Invisalign are the most expensive since they're the most convenient and invisible option.

How Long To Wear Braces

The length of time that braces need to be worn depends on the person and needs to be discussed with the dentist. The dentist will specify an estimate of how long they will need to be worn. The more misaligned the teeth appear to be, the longer the braces will need to be worn.
Mild cases will likely require braces for six months to a year, where severe cases will require up to three years. The time frame from the dentist is an estimate, and treatment time may need to be adjusted based on the individual situation.
 
 
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