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Can Adults Get Braces?

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What Is The Process of Getting Braces as an Adult?

Having braces fitted starts with a consultation with an orthodontist. They will ask you about your dental history and then also undertake a clinical examination, on top of which photos, x-rays and a digital impression of teeth will all be taken.
This enables the orthodontist to see whether braces are required and which type is suitable; it might even be that a retainer is more suitable.
The braces would then be made and fitted. How long they remain in place, of course, varies by patient and the nature of the work, but between one and three years is typical. However, don’t worry if having braces for that long is starting to ring alarm bells, other options are available, and we will come to those.

The length of time is a concern…

Using braces to correct the alignment of teeth is not a quick process, there is no way to sugar coat that (sugar coat perhaps an unfortunate phrase).

The thought of having visible braces for a period of time that could run to two or three years is naturally off-putting to some, we understand that.

However, braces do not have to be the metal brackets and stainless steel wires you might be picturing, they can be far more discreet and almost clear.

In some cases, the brackets can even be attached to the back of teeth, thereby hiding the braces from view (also known as labial braces ).

Are there any extra complications?

While the process is essentially the same whatever the age of the patient, the increased chance of pre-existing gum disease with age does mean that there might be a need to carry out some hygiene work prior to the braces being fitted to ensure proper movement of the teeth.
It is very rare for children, especially those as young as eight to 10, to have bleeding gums (a sign of either gingivitis or the more serious periodontitis, a condition whereby the build-up of plaque leads to gum and bone erosion).

The chances of an adult patient having either gingivitis or periodontitis are high, more than half of all UK adults have some degree of gum disease according to the NHS.
Fortunately, none of this represents a huge problem, any pre-existing conditions would simply need treating prior to braces being fitted, which a thorough hygiene treatment and at-home programme can treat.

When thought of in the context of your overall dental health, this makes complete sense; there would be little point having the work to realign teeth carried out yet leaving an existing condition in place, especially one that is so easy to treat using modern hygienist methods.

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