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Why do adults get braces?

Why do adults get braces?

Different reasons: Some adults seek orthodontic treatment for purely cosmetic reasons to correct unsightly crowding or an uneven smile line. Others seek treatment for functional reasons associated with an uneven bite, destructive wear patterns, and difficulty chewing. Patients with jaw joint problems or facial pain when chewing may also seek an orthodontist for relief. ...Read more

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Dr. Ira Katz
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Braces (Definition)

They are used in orthodontics. The braces are put onto the teeth at precise anatomical locations, and wire runs through the braces and brings teeth into proper alignment. This is a very short answer for a very ...Read more


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What is it like for adult to get braces?

What is it like for adult to get braces?

Braces: There are so many adults today with braces and it's never too late to get a healthier, more beautiful smile. However, you can expect some soreness with braces. It will be worth it. ...Read more

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Can adults get clear braces instead of metal braces?

Can adults get clear braces instead of metal braces?

Absolutely!: Indeed most of the folks we treat with the clear braces are our adult patients. ...Read more

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Can braces correct malocclusion in adults?

Can braces correct malocclusion in adults?

Yes - depends: Most adults present for braces to improve their smiles. A great new smile provides so many benefits. They may also enter orthodontic treatment to improve the health of their bite or to prepare teeth for needed dental work. In other words, braces absolutely correct malocclusions of adults. ...Read more

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Can i get adult braces even if I have a few cavities?

Can i get adult braces even if I have a few cavities?

Treat the decay firs: You need to get the cavities fixed before braces as braces make oral hygiene more difficult. ...Read more

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Any extra problems when getting braces as an adult? I'd like to get braces and never had them as a kid. Is there anything extra, or extra problems that adults need to worry about? .

Any extra problems when getting braces as an adult? I'd like to get braces and never had them as a kid. Is there anything extra, or extra problems that adults need to worry about?


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Although : Although orthodontists sometimes use the same braces for both adults and children there are many differences in the way they are treated. Adults may present with some degree of periodontal involvement that must be addressed. Also, many adults have missing or worn down teeth, crowns or bridges that were made to fit their old bite, or they may have health issues or are taking medications that may affect tooth movement. Because of these complications, many orthodontists will discourage adults seeking treatment, while others are eager to take on the challenge. ...Read more

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Is there anything that might make it so in-ovation wouldn't work for me? I'm adult who is looking into getting braces, and in-ovation seems like it might be a good option. I'm just wondering if there is anything I should know about in-ovation before setti

Is there anything that might make it so in-ovation wouldn't work for me? I'm adult who is looking into getting braces, and in-ovation seems like it might be a good option. I'm just wondering if there is anything I should know about in-ovation before setti

The : The purpose of any brace or brace system is to provide a way to transmit the force from the wire to the teeth. Whether one type of brace vs. Another (in-ovation or other) will "work", meaning "move your teeth", should not worry you. They all "work"! however, each brace type is designed with different features that can enhance the orthodontic experience, help you keep your braces cleaner, or help reduce the amount of time you are in the office for your adjustment appointments. If you have any specific concerns or would like more information about why your orthodontist uses a specific brace type, you should feel free to ask and they will be happy to answer your questions! congratulations and good luck on starting the journey towards a new smile :). ...Read more

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Could medi-cal cover braces for adults?

Could medi-cal cover braces for adults?

Under the age of 20: Medi-Cal program covers orthodontic treatment (braces) for children who qualify under the age of 20. ...Read more

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Docs can you explain, is it worth getting braces as an adult?

Absolutely: So many wonderful things an orthodontic specialist can do to make your smile function better, be more stable, and have improved esthetics. If teeth are where they belong they are easier (less expensive) to care for, help promote bone/gum health, look better, and if need be easier for your family dentist to recontour them. See an orthodontist for an evaluate as to what can be done for you. ...Read more

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Is it better for adults to get ceramic braces or metal braces?

Is it better for adults to get ceramic braces or metal braces?

Your choice: there are differences in treatment and metal will always be faster, cheeper and more effective, but typically we can get the same great results using either, so in the ned, at least in most cases, its more your choice. Talk to your orthodontist to more fully understand the differences in time and price ...Read more

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Help adult tooth is wiggly after braces?

Help adult tooth is wiggly after braces?

May be...: May be tooth is in hyper function or may be that you have insufficient bone support. I trust your orthodontic treatment was provided by a qualified orthodontic specialist. Go back for evaluation, i'm sure he/she will have a solution. ...Read more

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I'm an adult. Can braces alone change the structure of my face?

I'm an adult.  Can braces alone change the structure of my face?

Braces: It depends on what your teeth and face looked like before braces. Smaller changes mean smaller results. Are you worried your face will change or are you hoping it will? ...Read more

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Is it really painful to have an adult tooth taken out while you have braces on?

Is it really painful to have an adult tooth taken out while you have braces on?

No more than without: Interestingly enough, if the tooth to be extracted has been moved or teeth adjacent to that one have been moved with braces, then the tooth may be somewhat loose and easier to extract. Discomfort with extractions with and without braces can typically be handled with dental anesthesia, analgesics, warm salt water rinses, and soft diet. ...Read more

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Do accelerated orthodontics work any differently on kids and adults? My daughter needs braces, and i'm thinking about getting them myself at the same time. Is there any difference in how accelerated orthodontics on adults versus how they might work on kid

Do accelerated orthodontics work any differently on kids and adults? My daughter needs braces, and i'm thinking about getting them myself at the same time. Is there any difference in how accelerated orthodontics on adults versus how they might work on kid

Your : Your daughter, assuming she is still growing, will have a huge advantage over you as far as ease of tooth movement is concerned. This is because all the elements of bone remodeling is already at work in her growing jaws. Accelerated orthodontics will level the playing field somewhat, but you should be aware of how much surgery it requires. Find out if you need it for all your teeth or for just a small problem area. It could make a big difference in how much post operative discomfort you will experience. ...Read more

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Can knee braces straighten bowed legs in adults?

Can knee braces straighten bowed legs in adults?

Not likley: Either you are genetically destined to be bow legged or increasing wear along the inside of the knee with time is causing you to become bow-legged. Rarely a disease process could contibute to bowing of the legs. See an orthopedist for clarity in diagnosis. Unloader braces can be helpful with pain and function but cannot straighten an adult bowed knee. ...Read more

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How can I tell my adult teeth from my "kid teeth" cuz i really want braces and she said I have to loose some more teeth but I can't tell the diffrents?

How can I tell my adult teeth from my "kid teeth" cuz i really want braces and she said I have to loose some more teeth but I can't tell the diffrents?

Be patient: When the time is right, you'll have your orthodontic care. Regardless of how many adult teeth you have in place, it's the orthodontist that makes the final decision as to when to start treatment. ...Read more

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Is invisalign appropriate for teens? My teenager needs braces and is lobbying for invisalign over the regular kind. Does it work as well for teens, or is it mainly for adult cases?

Is invisalign appropriate for teens? My teenager needs braces and is lobbying for invisalign over the regular kind. Does it work as well for teens, or is it mainly for adult cases?

It will move teeth..: The advantage is the vanity aspect only. Vs. Brackets, it is less precise, requires much more compliance, and is likely more costly. Speak with your orthodontist to determine the needed movements first, then they can discuss treatment options that are appropriate with you. There are a number of ceramic braces types available as well that will still provide for good esthetics. ...Read more

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Do all braces always require tooth removal at some point. I am hoping i don't have to remove any as i already have fewer teeth. I have just had my braces put in 2 weeks ago as an adult, 30 years old. One front tooth is slightly under my bottom teeth when

Do all braces always require tooth removal at some point. I am hoping i don't have to remove any as i already have fewer teeth. I have just had my braces put in 2 weeks ago as an adult, 30 years old. One front tooth is slightly under my bottom teeth when

30%: Orthodontic specialists treat 70% or more of their patients without extractions. I hope you are seeing an orthodontic specialist (as opposed to a gp) for your very specialized care. If the orthodontist did not mention extractions, your individualized treatment plan probably does not require extractions. Ask him/her at your next visit, follow instructions to the letter, and you should be ok. ...Read more

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