Tips for Navigating Braces as an Adult

Braces as an Adult

Braces aren’t just for teens these days. Plenty of adults went through the entirety of their teenage years without any orthodontic care, only to seek it when they entered adulthood. Getting braces as an adult can be intimidating, but there are things you can do to make life with them a little better.

Work with Dr. Chad Carver to Choose the Right Braces for You

Before braces even touch your teeth, you’ll meet with Dr. Carver at Stellar Family Orthodontics to identify the corrections you need and what treatment option works best for you. There are a lot more options when it comes to braces these days than traditional metal braces. Clear ceramic braces and clear aligners can be great options if you need orthodontic treatment with a more subtle look. Dr. Carver will help you find braces that will effectively correct the issues identified while matching your lifestyle needs as closely as possible.

Protect Your Teeth and Braces

Once you have braces on, you must take measures to protect them and your teeth. That means spending extra time cleaning your teeth and around your brackets so no food particles are left behind and plaque is thoroughly removed. That will reduce your risk of tooth decay and experiencing tooth discoloration, something that could otherwise be painfully obvious when your braces are removed. 

Make any necessary adjustments to your diet–avoid chewy, crunchy, sticky, hard, and tough foods while you have braces. Limit your consumption of staining foods and drinks too. 

If you play sports, wear your mouth guard every time you play. That will protect your teeth, braces, and the rest of your mouth if you get knocked in the head.

Follow Instructions to the Letter

Dr. Carver will give you instructions on how to care for your braces and teeth during your treatment. You’ll also be given information about follow-up appointments, as well as how and when to use extra treatment accessories like bands or headgear. To get the best results from your braces treatment and to ensure that treatment time is as short as possible, follow all the instructions you’re given with exactness.

Wearing braces as an adult doesn’t have to be a huge ordeal. Sure, you’ll probably have to make a few lifestyle adjustments, but they’re temporary. Once your treatment is complete and your smile is straight and gorgeous, you’ll be glad you put in all that effort to get the best results from your braces treatment.

Are you getting braces as an adult? Click here to learn what you can expect when you get braces from Stellar Orthodontics today!