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Getting Braces as an Adult

Updated: Nov 26, 2023

Are you considering getting braces as an adult?

Did you know that studies have suggested that we may be drawn by our own biology to those with more even teeth? It appears that our preference for straight teeth is not just a cultural phenomenon. Straight teeth are viewed by others in a positive light because they tend to occur most often in those who are both healthy and young. Straighter teeth are more commonly seen in those who have not aged enough to have significant wear to their teeth – and those who have not lost teeth or dental stability due to decay, advanced gum disease or problems with their overall health.

The evolutionary theory of natural selection suggests that factors associated with an increased chance of fertility (and therefore healthy offspring) are likely to be deemed ‘attractive’. Fair or not – this preference for a white, even smile is something that may occur at a subconscious, instinctual level.

There seems to be something in our genes that draws us to admire and covet straight, unworn teeth.
There seems to be something in our genes that draws us to admire and covet straight, unworn teeth.

You might already have thought about the aesthetic benefits of adult orthodontic treatment. But, the benefits of having necessary orthodontic work extend beyond aesthetics. Improper jaw alignment, misaligned bites and crooked teeth cause an array of issues as you age.

Braces are, therefore, an investment in your oral health.

4 Things to Know About Getting Braces as An Adult

1. There Are Options

If you are considering braces, you have multiple options.

Traditional braces are hardy and don’t break easily. Adults tend to avoid this option, though, because of the visibility of the braces.

Many adults opt for clear aligners like Invisalign® , which are nearly invisible. The trays can be taken out to eat, too, which means you don’t have to worry much about missing out on your favourite meals.

2. You Might Need a Retainer

Once your braces come off, you’ll have a straight and healthy smile. But, the work doesn’t end there.

You’ll likely wear a retainer to keep your teeth properly aligned for six weeks after the braces are removed. You will still have to sleep with the retainer beyond six weeks (ideally, ongoing).

The good news is that most people find retainers convenient and comfortable.

3. Length of Treatment

You might have a goal in mind when it comes to getting braces as an adult. Remember to consider how long you will need to wear the braces for, though.

For instance, some people need to wear their braces for between 1.5 to 3 years.

4. Prevent Future Issues

Straightening your teeth is more than just having a perfect smile. Braces can help prevent oral health problems down the line.

For example, teeth that press up against each other are hard to clean and can cause plaque to build up. This build-up can lead to gum disease and decay.

Overall, realigning your teeth and getting braces as an adult can lead to better oral health for years to come. As everyone’s situation is unique, a consultation is the only way to know for sure if adult orthodontics is suitable in your case.

If you’re serious about braces, talk to Fine Orthodontics today to find the best solution for you.

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Specialist Orthodontist Input by Dr Martin Fine BDS, MSc, MSc

Dr Martin Fine

Dr Martin Fine

Specialist Orthodontist Dr Martin Fine, BDS, MSc (Orthodontics), is based in Sydney's Eastern Suburbs. With over 30 years' experience in private practice, Dr Fine has expertise working with a wide variety of orthodontic appliances, including braces and Invisalign. He has presented at orthodontic conferences globally, and has taught postgraduate orthodontic students at the University of Sydney. Dr Fine is a member of both the AAO (American Association of Orthodontists) and the ASO (Australian Society of Orthodontists), and is a former president of the Alpha-Omega Dental Society's Sydney Chapter.  In the past, Dr Fine's research has been featured in the Angle Orthodontist journal. Dr Fine is committed to providing outstanding patient care using the latest and most effective techniques. Most recently, Dr Fine has developed and introduced the innovative FineLine clear aligner system, which has been specifically developed to meet the needs of patients at Fine Orthodontics.

Written by Danielle Long

Danielle Long

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Danielle Long has been assisting in the creation of beautiful smiles at Fine Orthodontics for over 15 years. Holding graduate qualifications in English and Education (BA/BEd UNSW), Dani brings a unique blend of knowledge to her role. She has worked in many different areas of the practice, having served as both Clinical Assistant and Treatment Coordinator over the years. Continually fascinated by the art and science behind orthodontics, Dani is always keen to share her knowledge in order to enhance patient understanding and experience. Dani focuses on facilitating exceptional patient communication and delivering in-depth orthodontic treatment information. She strives to ensure that every individual embarking on their orthodontic journey with Fine Orthodontics feels informed and supported.

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