Modern orthodontics allow us to offer more than just traditional braces for adults. If you have cosmetic demands that preclude the use of stainless steel brackets on your teeth then you may benefit from other types of braces.
As an adult, you should get an orthodontic assessment if...
- You have issues with crowded or twisted teeth that you’ve always wanted to get treated?
- Have lost teeth through extractions or are wearing away your enamel through grinding?
- You want a clear alternative to traditional metal braces?
Do braces hurt?
Short answer: No. Getting braces on is entirely painless, however, you may experience mild discomfort in the 1-2 days following the initial placement of braces or after a major wire change. This discomfort may be managed with regular pain relief as you would for a headache.
How long does treatment take?
This depends on the severity of the problem and the treatment objectives. Treatment with functional appliances are usually for 6-9 months, tooth aligners (like Invisalign) can take anywhere from 6 months to 2 years, while traditional braces are anywhere between 12-24 months.
Who can have braces?
There is no age limit for wearing braces. Our Adelaide orthodontists have some of our most successful and rewarding treatment outcomes with adult patients. The traditional age for braces are in early teens, which is primarily due to the bone growth occurring at this age.