Wearing and Surviving Braces as an Adult

crooked teethThe number one reason people have crooked teeth in the first place is because of genetic factors.

A lot of people have some serious bite issues and there are even cases where people have a small mouth with too many teeth!

A lot of times once the baby teeth have fallen out, people find that their adult teeth will come out in all sorts of awkward ways. One crossing another etc in the most odd ways.

The bottom teeth of some people are sometimes just terrible. Completely crooked with the alignment all over the place. These are of course some of the common reasons why patients get orthodontic treatment in the first place.

It can often times be really hard to get braces when you’re a teen because not only are you going to have to walk around school among your peers with a bunch of wire in your mouth but you will also likely be going through a case of acne!

Nonetheless the vast majority of people get braces when they are in their teens, and after a few short years they walk away with a set of perfect teeth.

However some kids grow up having to go through orthodontic treatment again.

Why you might ask? Well, the most common reason is that once treatment was finished your orthodontist will have given you retainers that you are meant to wear every single night for the rest of your life. If you don’t wear them then your teeth will slowly shift back to how they were, hence the reason why you need to get braces again!

The truth is that a lot of adults out there, especially the women get a little panicked at the thought of having to wear braces as an adult. Women feel that wearing braces will just make them unattractive.

They feel that no guy is going to want to approach and talk to them now that they have metal running through their mouths.

But believe me, these thoughts are mostly in your head because the reality is that the vast majority of people just don’t care!

To help you survive the whole experience of wearing braces as an adult here are some tips that will help you a lot…

1. Simply pretend like you don’t even have braces on. Just go about your day feeling like you already have that perfect smile! Do this and believe me you will feel absolutely amazing about yourself and won’t even give a second thought to the fact that you’re wearing braces.

Don’t be one of those people who spend hours in front of the mirror every morning, crying about the fact that you have braces on.

If you obsess and start to constantly think about your braces too much you will literally start to hate yourself and become the kind of person that no one wants to be around.

2. Never be the first to mention your braces. Rather just carry on with people as normal and allow them to make the first comment. If you feel like someone you’re talking to is constantly look at your braces without saying anything then just let them.

Believe me, wearing braces as an adult is far more common than you think, so don’t feel like you have to explain yourself to every new person that you meet.

You will note over time that the vast majority of people that you come across will be very polite about it and be more intrigued about the cost rather than anything else!

toothbrush-for-braces3. Make sure you have a toothbrush with you no matter where you are. Now that you have braces it is going to be extremely important that you have a toothbrush with you at all times!

You never know when you are going to have to eat out which means that you will get food stuck in your braces. This is just a simple fact of life. You want to be ready so that if need be you can quickly run to the toilet and brush your teeth.

4. Interested in someone, then be the one to make the first move. While it can be hard to do this know that it is definitely going to be worth it!

Don’t let the fact that you have braces ruin you from enjoying life and living it to the full!

Take this opportunity to develop your self confidence and approach new people… you never know when you will meet a new life long friend!

5. Trust me, those that are worth knowing won’t even care about the fact that you have braces on. People who do mind are the ones that you are going to want to stay away from.

braces food6. Take your time when you are eating food. You are really going to want to make sure that you are breaking your food down into small pieces before biting into it, otherwise you might end up breaking your braces which will only prolong your treatment!

7. Strut around with confidence! You really want to feel good about yourself at all times, and know that everything that you are going through is going to be worth it in the long run.

Believe me, you never want to allow the braces you are wearing to dictate how you are feeling about yourself because it will only lead to a downward spiral.

8. Once your braces do come off make sure that you take proper care of your teeth. Really focus on following your orthodontists instructions by making sure that you wear your retainers as they are meant to be worn. Braces cost a fortune and you really don’t want to have to wear them more than once!

When is it the Right Time to See an Orthodontist?

There are many individuals out there that just won’t smile even when they are really happy and excited… or perhaps even if they do they will cover their mouth with their hands. The reason being is that they are really embarrassed of their crooked teeth.

If you happen to be one of these people that I’ve just described then it’s definitely time to get yourself down to an orthodontist.

Orthodontists are essentially dentists who have had extra training in fixing the alignment of people’s teeth. They can literally take anybody’s crooked teeth and straighten them out!

In fact I’ve recently come across a 14 year old girl named Julia Smith who went through a magical transformation when her braces were just removed.

The transformation was so amazing that Julia’s mother who is over 50 years of age also decided to get braces.

She has never been happy with her teeth and is now slowly but surely witnessing her own trans-formative experience.

While most of the patients who get braces are children or teenagers the reality is that more and more adults are now taking the plunge to get their teeth fixed.

So if you’re one of the many people out there that are considering whether or not they should get treatment, here is a list of things that you should keep in mind…

So What Exactly Do Orthodontists Actually Do?

The number one reason why an individual will need to see an orthodontist is because they need to improve their bite or as it’s officially known, to treat a condition known as malocclusion.

Your orthodontist will literally help to straighten your crooked teeth and also improve your bite by essentially altering the way your teeth fit together and how your jaws are setup.

The use of braces or perhaps even head gear is to help make all of that happen. Retainers are also used after the initial treatment to ensure that your teeth remain in their new position for good.

More often than not it is your general dentist that is going to tell you that you will want to see an orthodontist but a lot of the time even your medical doctor will too.

For an individual to actually become an orthodontist they are going to have to go through 4 years of dental school and then go on to specialize for a further 3 years in the area of orthodontics.

But you might be surprised to hear that these days a lot of general orthodontists carry out minor orthodontic work and some even carry out full treatments.

However if you have a serious case then you are more than likely going to be referred to a professional orthodontist.

You might be surprised to hear but crooked teeth and even having too many teeth or maybe even bite issues can all result in you experiencing a lot of pain and suffering with things like tooth decay, gum disease and even tooth loss. The reason for this is because all these conditions can make it a lot harder to actually clean your teeth properly.

Not having a good bite will also cause issues when you’re doing things like chewing and talking… and on top of that it will cause a lot of wear and tear because of all that excess clenching and grinding.

Orthodontic practices have been radically improving over the years. You will find that even the ancient Greeks had well designed appliances to improve the alignment of teeth!

But things have come a long way since the times of the ancient Greeks as today you have a variety of options. Some braces are practically invisible and others are attached to the backside of your teeth!

When Should You See An Orthodontist?

Most dentists and orthodontists will recommend that children should see an orthodontist before the age of 7 because the earlier you catch a problem the easier the treatment is going to be.

The vast majority of children these days will go through orthodontic treatment between the ages of 8 and 15.

For adults there is no age limit and often you are going to find patients who are in their 60’s and 70’s.

While there is no defined period of time for how long the treatment should last, the vast majority of cases should be done in about 1-3 years.

How To Choose The Right Orthodontist

A lot of people these days ask their family and friends for recommendations when it comes to finding a good orthodontist.

Others will get a recommendation from their general dentist.

Ultimately you are going to want to find an orthodontist that you like in terms of personality and how they make you feel when you are around them.

Every orthodontic practice is different, and therefore it is going to be very important that you take the time to do your research first to make sure that you find the practice that is correct for you.

Choosing the right orthodontistThe First Consultation

The vast majority of orthodontists these days will provide you with a free initial consultation and many others will cost very little. They will only take about 40 minutes and in this time the orthodontist will take an x-ray of your mouth, photographs and get down your full medical history.

After the initial checking your orthodontist will give you an estimate of how much the entire treatment will cost, how long it will take and what the initial steps are going to be.

How Much Will it Cost?

Depending on where in the United States you are located, the treatment will cost anywhere from $5,000 to $7,000.

But keep in mind that paying more doesn’t always means that you will be getting better treatment. Do your research and make sure that the orthodontist that is going to be doing the work on your teeth has a solid record of happy clients!

Ultimately, while the treatment process is going to be a little cumbersome at times, you can be sure that the end results are going to be more than worth it!

How To Pick The Right Orthodontist?

picking an orthodontistIt used to be the case that finding a great orthodontist was really easy and just required a recommendation from your general dentist.

However in today’s world with all sorts of treatments available to straighten your teeth and a whole ton of ordinary dentists offering solutions the choices you have available to you can be overwhelming!

To help you out, here are some things you will want to keep in mind when you’re picking an orthodontist…

1. Things To Watch Out For Prior To Your First Consultation

Of course the orthodontist that your general dentist will recommend is definitely a valuable one to take into consideration.

The reason is that general dentists not only work with the best orthodontists out there to ensure you get the best treatment, but they also keep a close eye on the whole process while you are going through treatment to ensure that you are getting optimal results.

A good tip would be to ask your dentist’s kids which orthodontist they used to get their perfect smile.

On top of that I’d highly recommend that you also ask your friends, neighbors and co-workers on who they would recommend.

You also have the option of giving a local dental school a call and speaking to someone that leads the orthodontic department to give you a list of the best orthodontists in the local area.

Once you have narrowed down your list to a few people that you are seriously considering you are going to want to first and foremost want to check whether the orthodontist that is on your shortlist is a fully licensed member of the American Association of Orthodontists. Being a member of this organization can give you the piece of mind that your orthodontist is following all the latest practices and guidelines.

Your Very First Consultation

When you are about to meet with your orthodontist for your very first consultation, I would highly recommend that you take the following points into consideration…

1. How long has the orthodontist in question been practicing and what experience do they have?

2. How many clients have they successfully completed orthodontic treatments on.

3. Ask them to see before and after pictures of their previous clients… to make sure that you like the work that they do.

4. Are the treatments that they offer the latest and most advanced available on the market?

5. Also ask what your orthodontist thinks of your teeth and what they propose in terms of a treatment plan… note whether or not what they are saying is clear and understandable to you.

Also note down whether or not your orthodontist gave you information on all the different possibilities in terms of treatment or not. Does the treatment plan they propose work well for you and your lifestyle? What do you think about the orthodontic practice and all the staff that are working there?

You really want to develop a good link with the people that are working at the orthodontic practice because you are going to have to go there every 4-8 weeks for a period of 1-3 years.

An orthodontist and the staff that work at the practice who are able to really connect with their patients, are more than likely going to be able to persuade them to actually do all the maintenance work that is required such as brushing their teeth properly etc.

You are also going to want to consider how far the orthodontic practice is from you. You don’t want to be in an emergency situation where you can’t get to your orthodontic practice quickly.

If you do have a child who needs to wear braces but you don’t have the money to actually finance the procedure then it might be worth asking whether or not the orthodontic practice you are considering actually offers pro bono treatment, as many do.

You also have the option of saving a ton of money by getting your treatment done at a local dental school which will cost significantly less than if you had the treatment done privately.

But don’t worry because the treatment that will be done at a local dental school will be overlooked by a professional and fully qualified orthodontist who probably has his own practice.

So hopefully these tips will help you pick out the right orthodontist for you :)