Although braces are often seen as treatment only needed by children, adults often end up needing it too because of changes that occur over time, previous fixes that weren’t effective or a health issue caused by a lack of prior orthodontic assistance.
Adult Orthodontic Care
Before you get fitted with braces, there are a few important things to keep in mind, especially as an adult:
- Allergies: As with any type of medical treatment, there are risks involved. One of these, which is easy to avoid, is allergies. If you are allergic to substances such as nickel, latex or plastic, be sure to let your orthodontist know beforehand. Braces can be made of these different components, just the same as elastic bands or exam gloves can be too. These allergies will be covered during your consultation, but are often good talking points to lead off with.
- Aftercare: Although wearing the braces may seem like the most important part of the process, the aftercare is also just as vital. Most patients are required to wear a retainer after their braces are removed. This retainer helps keep the teeth in their appropriate position. There are a few different types of retainers available for you to finish your treatment with including a bonded, clear plastic and wire. It is important to keep up with wearing your retainer, as the periodontal ligaments can take months to remember their new place. If you stop wearing your retainer too soon afterward, your teeth will likely shift into their original position.
- Be sure to follow your orthodontist’s instructions when it comes to wearing your retainer, as it may be different than someone else that you know. Another aspect to keep in mind is the cleanliness of your retainer. Keep it free of bacteria and other materials, as this can cause infections or plaque buildup over time as well.
- Brackets aren’t everything: Health is more important than the appearance of the treatment you receive. Not everyone is going to be a good candidate for clear braces such as Invisalign, or iBraces that are fitted behind the teeth. If you are one of those people, being fitted with metal braces is not the end of the world. Although it may take you back to memories of middle school, your health should always come before the physical appearance. Keep this in mind during your consultation, and remember to remain open to all forms of treatment.
At Upper Eastside Orthodontists, there are many types of treatment available such as metal braces, clear braces like Invisalign and ceramic braces. If you’re interested in learning more about your braces options, schedule an appointment with New York City orthodontist Dr. Tanya Vaysman.