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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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Is an underbite harder to fix with braces than an overbite? I've always had an underbite, but my parents never took me to see an orthodontist as a kid. Now that i'm an adult, i would like to get this corrected with braces. I'm just wondering if it's harde

Is an underbite harder to fix with braces than an overbite? I've always had an underbite, but my parents never took me to see an orthodontist as a kid. Now that i'm an adult, i would like to get this corrected with braces. I'm just wondering if it's harde

Many : Many underbites have a skeletal component, meaning that the jaws as well as the teeth are mal aligned. In those cases, simply aligning the teeth will not correct the problem. However, some underbites, sometimes call pseudo-class iii malocclusions, do not have a skeletal component and can be corrected very nicely with braces alone. Your orthodontist can do a simple analysis to diagnose your underbite and advise a treatment plan.

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Can i still get braces if I have missing teeth? I'm an adult who would like to get braces, but i'm also missing a few teeth in the back of my mouth. Will that affect my ability to wear braces of any sort? .

Can i still get braces if I have missing teeth? I'm an adult who would like to get braces, but i'm also missing a few teeth in the back of my mouth. Will that affect my ability to wear braces of any sort?


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As : As dr. Mcleod advised, you can still get braces even if you have some missing teeth. The question is: do you have spacing between your front teeth or are your teeth crowded? If you have spacing, it may be due to a collapsed bite secondary to a loss of vertical dimension. In other words, by loosing the support of your back teeth, your mouth may be "over closing" and your lower teeth are exerting outward pressure on your upper teeth, causing the spacing. Unable to exactly see if this is your problem, have the dentist who will treat you evaluate you for replacement of your molars. This can be done with either a fixed or removable prosthesis. By re-establishing the pillars of support in the posterior, you will help prevent further collapse of your bite, and will allow for orthodontic success.

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Can an adult with crowns get braces to straighten teeth?

Can an adult with crowns get braces to straighten teeth?

Yes: Crowns will not interfere with braces. Your dentist should know what is best for you.

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Jaw expansion appliances for adults in braces? I've been told by 3 different orthodontists that due to overcrowding i need to have either 4 bicuspids pulled or have orthognathic surgery. They all told me i need to decide before i get the braces put on on

Jaw expansion appliances for adults in braces? I've been told by 3 different orthodontists that due to overcrowding i need to have either 4 bicuspids pulled or have orthognathic surgery. They all told me i need to decide before i get the braces put on on

Caution: Seeking second opinions are an excellent way to proceed towards making an informed decision for what's best for you. The extraction of teeth is an evidenced-based approach that is superior treatment for patients with substantial crowding or protrusion. Typically, surgery and extractions are not interchangeable. In l.A., it might be advisable to visit an ortho dept. At usc, ucla, or loma linda.

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I've had top braces for 17 months and whenever i get them tightened i feel like nothing changes. Does this mean i might get them off soon?

I've had top braces for 17 months and whenever i get them tightened i feel like nothing changes. Does this mean i might get them off soon?

Nope: Just because braces aren't "hurting" or still feel as "tight" does not mean that they are still not working. Ask your orthodontist for an estimate of remaining treatment at your next visit. Don't assume that they are finished - there may be much left to do. Only the orthodontist knows for sure.

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I'm about to go get my braces i'm worried if they might hurt, how does it feel like to have braces on for the first time?

I'm about to go get my braces i'm worried if they might hurt, how does it feel like to have braces on for the first time?

Expect Sore Teeth: It is very normal that for the 1st 2-4 days after initial placement of braces, the teeth can be sore. The initial wire that puts force on the teeth is the cause. I recommend patients taking a normal dose of their typical over the counter pain reliever (aceptometaphin or ibuprofen) at least one hour prior to the appointment and continue regular use for the 1st day to help offset the discomfort.

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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 :).

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I feel i need braces but my dentist dosent i would still like yo go about getting them and i understand it would be costly but i would like to still get them?

I feel i need braces but my dentist dosent i would still like yo go about getting them and i understand it would be costly but i would like to still get them?

See orthodontist: Go to a couple of orthodontists for an opinion. You can also visit the faculty practice of a dental school. After you have a couple of opnions, the choice is yours. You can then make an educated decision what will work for you, whether invisiine type procedure or traditional therapy. Make sure you are cleared from the general dentist in reference to caries and perio concerns prior to.

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My front bottom left tooth feels cold when something like food touches it can I do anything to stop it? I just got braces today and there was on the top of the tooth acidentily so i asked if she could remove it so she used some kind of spinning saw to get

My front bottom left tooth feels cold when something like food touches it can I do anything to stop it? I just got braces today and there was on the top of the tooth acidentily so i asked if she could remove it so she used some kind of spinning saw to get

I'm : I'm having a little trouble understanding your question. Did the dentist remove something with a drill, or did she create some space between the teeth? When braces are first put on and the wire is engaged, there is a bit of pressure put on your teeth. Each tooth is slightly different; the lower front teeth are the thinnest and shortest in your mouth, and sometimes the most sensitive. Are you under 18? If so, ask your parent(s) for some otc pain relievers that they would give you for a headache. This should help you get through the night. The first few days your teeth will be a little sore. If it is a real problem, call your dentist.

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What will i and won't i be able to eat with braces? I'm 42, and want to get braces for the first time. Before i go in for my first consultation, i'd like to have some idea of what to expect. A list of what i likely will and won't be able to eat would be f

You : You will be able to eat almost everything if you are careful. Think of it this way, the brackets are attached to the side of the teeth, not the tops where most of the actual chewing happens. So as long as you keep your food off the sides you should be ok. For example, biting into a whole raw carrot or an apple will easily knock a bracket off, but if you cut the them into thin slices, you can enjoy these foods.

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Can anyone get braces?

Can anyone get braces?

Braces: There can be some limitations to who can get braces but most people who want a better smile. The limitations are based on health of the gums and bone as well as some types of medications.

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Can I get braces removed?

Can I get braces removed?

Yes: How and by who is the question. One should go back to the office where the appliances were delivered and ask for their removal. If one has moved to another provider, he or she should be able to remove them correctly. You should have a trained orthodontist remove them so as not to damage the teeth.

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Can I get braces just because?

Because?: Can you get braces "just because"? Because of what? You don't need them but just want them for no particular reason? An ethical orthodontic specialist normally won't simply put braces on your teeth unless there is a reason for correcting something. But just "to have them"? I am doubting it, unless its for an acting part for a movie/tv/play.

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