3 Things to Know About Getting Braces

The idea of getting braces can be daunting. But it doesn't need to be a scary one. In fact, if you have the right advice and the right information, getting braces can be a walk in the park.

Why braces?

If you have crooked teeth, the problem isn't merely an aesthetic one. They aren't good for your dental health either. If you have even slightly crooked teeth, you have a higher risk of getting cavities because it means more places for bacteria to live. If your teeth are severely uneven, they can affect your speech and jaw, and may even result in TMDs (temporomandibular disorders).

To address crooked teeth, as well as establish an aesthetically pleasing and healthy alignment, braces are the way to go. However, before you go that route, there are a few things you should keep in mind.

You can wear braces as an adult too

If you think braces are only for teenagers, that's just not true. While teenagers more commonly wear braces, that's because that's the time when their crooked teeth first get noticed. But there's no age limit when it comes to braces. In fact, a growing number of adults are getting them. Some of those adults are doing so because they're now in a position to afford them, whereas their parents may not have been able to. For others, it's that their teenage concerns about what others might think are less of an issue.

Just because Invisalign is trendy, it doesn't mean it's right for you 

Many people who get braces prefer others not to see them. Fortunately, there are options. Many people prefer invisible aligners for aesthetic reasons. The downside is that only a small percentage of patients are compatible with Invisalign. Not only that, but they also only treat minor gaps and crooked teeth. If you're looking for long-lasting and effective final results for severe orthodontic issues, you'd probably be better off with traditional braces. You should speak to a dentist to find out which options they'd recommend for you. 

The length of time you'll need to wear braces can vary

The length of time you have to wear your braces will depend on the amount of work that needs to be carried out. Removing braces sooner than recommended would be ill-advised. They need to remain in place until the alignment is certain to be permanent. Your dentist can advise you on this, of course. In fact, when it comes to any aspect of your braces, make sure to adhere to your dentist's recommendations and advice. It will give you the best chance of success when it comes to your braces providing you with a long-lasting solution.

Contact a professional for more information about braces