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10 things useful to know before getting braces as an adult

  1. Having braces will not be the end of your social life:
    Many adults feel conscious about getting braces and what other people might think of them. In reality, most people will be very supportive and encouraging; happy to see that you are working towards the smile that you’ve always wanted.
  2. Just be yourself:
    Once the braces are fitted, some people try to conceal them by changing the way that they talk and interact with others. Rather than hiding the braces, this change tends to draw attention to the braces and make them more obvious. The best thing to do is just be yourself!
  3. Don’t suffer (in silence):
    It usually takes 1-2 weeks to get used to braces when they are first fitted. During this initial phase, it is common to experience some rubbing from the braces or wires. The best way to tackle this is to use the wax regularly, as instructed by your Orthodontist. Sometimes it may be needed after adjustments too, so keep some handy. And remember, if you’re still uncomfortable, get in touch with your Orthodontist- they will be able to help you out.
  4. Be patient:
    “Good things come to those who wait”. Human nature makes us impatient and many want their braces removed as soon as possible. However Orthodontic treatment often takes some time, as teeth can only be moved safely in small increments. So, it’s best to take a deep breath and go with the flow, you want to get the best result possible after investing your
    time and effort.
  5. Extractions:
    For some patients, the best smile can only be achieved by having teeth removed and people are often concerned about the spaces that are created. Remember, these spaces will be fully closed with time, but often adjustments to the bite and alignment of teeth must be completed first. Don’t be afraid to ask your Orthodontist for clarification of your treatment plan, they will be more than happy to go through it with you.
  6. Document your journey:
    If you are feeling discouraged about how long your braces have been on for, looking back at where you started from can be a great motivator. Many find that taking photos of their teeth periodically can help to reassure them when they see the improvements in their smile.
  7. See the hygienist regularly:
    Maintaining good oral hygiene can be a bit of a challenge when you have braces on so regular hygienist appointments are highly recommended. Not only do they help to keep you mouth fresh and clean, but they can speed up treatment by removing tartar build-up and improving gum health.
  8. Consider using a Waterpik:
    The hardest area to clean when you have braces on is between the teeth, as traditional flossing can be a very difficult and arduous task. Many find that, along with regular hygiene appointments, a Waterpik comes in handy. It does all the work for you, flushing food debris and plaque out from in between the teeth.
  9. Avoid missing appointments:
    Orthodontic appointments are often schedule 6-8 weeks in advance, so if you miss an appointment you may have to wait a few weeks for your next adjustment. Of course, there may be occasions where cancelling an appointment is unavoidable, however, regularly doing so can add time to your treatment.
  10. You’re not alone:
    Increasing numbers of adults are looking to have their teeth straightened, and with all the orthodontic treatment options out there, why wouldn’t they? You can anything from traditional metal braces to Invisalign, tooth-coloured ceramic braces to braces on the backs of the teeth- any can be the key to unlock a beautiful smile.
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