Life would have been so easy if we all would have had straight, properly aligned, pretty teeth where we could proudly show off our huge grin. But, if your teeth are not aligned correctly, you can opt for braces. Before you get those metallic wires in your mouth, here are 10 things you and other adults should know before getting braces.
1. The Cost
The first thing that comes to your mind before getting braces- ‘Will it be too costly?’ Well, the price always depends on where you live! In Canada, the average cost of braces is $3,000 to $7,000. Ceramic brackets may cost more. Invisalign treatment costs about the same or more. Choosing the right braces is all about your budget.
2. Age no Bar
Yes, you read that right! Most people think of orthodontic braces, they might as well think of teens. But not many know an increasing number of adults are getting braces too! As long as you have your teeth and gums are in place, you are good to go.
3. The Type is not Important
You may wish for a particular type of bracket, but trust your orthodontist when he says he won’t be able to treat you with that one. The orthodontist knows what’s the best treatment for you and he will tell you why it is the best option for you.
4. Expect a bit of Discomfort
There is going to be some discomfort when you the orthodontist puts the braces on. Furthermore, you can expect a small throb during the initial days before you get used to. Eating can also turn into a hassle as food particles can get in between the wires and cause you pain.
Because eating certain foods can be troublesome, it is recommended that you change your diet. Opt for soft foods that won’t pose a challenge to chewing them. Various foods like meat and hamburgers should definitely be avoided.
6. Orthodontist are trained rigorously
Orthodontists are trained specifically in tooth movement and jaw functions while dentists aren’t. In some cases, some dentists may have taken up courses but that is not their forte. Would it make sense if you get a heart surgery from a doctor who isn’t trained to do so? Of course not! Orthodontists know what they are doing.
7. Don't avoid the Post-treatment
In order to avoid the teeth moving back to its original position, retainers are to be worn once the treatment with braces is complete. The most important thing is to wear exactly as the orthodontist tells you.
Many people associate braces with middle school, but getting braces as an adult is becoming much more common. Moreover, adults see braces as a worthwhile investment of a few awkward years in exchange for decades of straight teeth. If you require braces, you can drop by at a local Emergency Dental Clinic.