Although the optimum ages for receiving braces are between 7 and 14, adults can wear braces, too.
Bite and chewing problems, gum problems, pain in the ears and head, speaking problems and tooth decay could result from jaw disorders, malocclusion, and over- and underbites, which need correction.
Due to their more flexible growing teeth, children’s dental problems are easier to correct, but adults have better compliance. Dental extraction for adults may be needed prior to treatment.
Wearing braces for adults may take 18 to 36 months, which is longer than it does for children. They may also need post-treatment retainers to prevent recurrence.
Before receiving braces, an adequate dental evaluation is necessary. There are several kinds of braces to choose from. The most common are metal braces, which are made of high-grade stainless steel and attached to the front teeth. Like metal braces, clear ceramic braces blend with the color of the teeth. Lingual braces are attached to the back of the teeth, so they are concealed from view. Invisible braces are clear, custom-made removable braces that can be used to correct mild spacing problems.
To avoid dental caries, regular teeth-brushing, flossing and dental checkups are essential.
This information is intended for educational and informational purposes only. It should not be used in place of an individual consultation or examination or replace the advice of your healthcare professional and should not be relied upon to determine diagnosis or course of treatment