In most cases, parents make sure their children get braces while they’re young, because this is the time when bones are still developing. However, some people don’t get braces and carry their misaligned teeth into adulthood. While it may seem rare for adults to get braces, it may be possible to correct your teeth with a number of different types of adult braces.
In some cases, adults have had braces in the past, but their teeth have become misaligned again over time. In other cases, adults with overbites or crooked teeth have never had braces, but would like to have the problem corrected. For whatever reason, getting braces as an adult isn’t out of the question and even seniors as old as 80 have had braces to correct their teeth. While each case is different, your dentist can discuss the options that best suit you in regards to correcting your teeth.
How Long Do You Have to Wear Adult Braces?
However, those considering adult braces should understand that it will be a slightly different process than that involved with teen braces. Since the bones have fully developed, it will take slightly longer to correct the positioning of the teeth. Adults should expect to wear braces for 18 months or longer. It may also be necessary to continue wearing a retainer to keep the teeth from becoming misaligned again.
Adults can still choose from different types of braces, so traditional metal braces aren’t always necessary. In many cases, adults opt for clear braces, so the corrective devices will be less noticeable. Retainers and other removable devices might also be used, though the patient should have the self-discipline to wear the device for the majority of each day.
Ensuring the Best Results
Often, adults have the option of undergoing corrective surgery to help ensure the best results from their braces. The combination of surgical procedures and braces can speed up the process of straightening the teeth. This can help reduce the extra time it takes to correct the teeth in an adult.
While there’s no reason you can’t get adult braces, you should consult our dentist about the options that will be best for you. If you have pre-existing dental problems, such as a missing tooth, it may be necessary to correct those problems first. At Brodie Bowman Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics, we can advise you on the steps you’ll need to take to fully correct your teeth, so you’ll know what to expect. We are conveniently located in Fort Walton Beach and Niceville, FL. Contact us today to schedule your consultation!