Braces are an effective way of straightening your teeth and improving your dental health. This, in turn, makes it easier to care for your teeth and enhances your physical appearance. But it can also be a long and sometimes painful process with regular trips to the dentist and higher maintenance involved. So it’s important to find out as much as you possibly can about getting braces before getting them fitted to your teeth. Otherwise, you may be in for a nasty surprise. So to get you as prepared as possible, here are some important things you need to know.

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There are different types of braces

Though you may not realise it, there are multiple types of braces you could use to straighten your teeth. There are traditional braces, invisible braces and Damon braces to name but a few. So just because your dentist has recommended you get braces that doesn’t necessarily mean you will get the traditional style. Different styles of braces are designed to fix specific problems from overcrowding to gaps. So do some research on the differing brace options that might be offered to you so you know what to expect. Your dental specialist will know how to give you the results you desire so don’t be disheartened if you aren’t suitable for a particular style.

There is no age limit

Many adults feel they can’t have braces because they are too old. But this couldn’t be further from the truth. While most people have braces during their teenage years, there is no age limit to when you can get them. There has been an enormous rise in middle-aged men and women wanting to get braces to deal with their dental issues. They might not have been financially able to get them when they were younger or maybe issues have developed over time. Whatever the reason, as long as your teeth and gums are healthy, there is no reason why you can’t have braces. Contact an orthodontist or visit your dentist and discuss your options.

You will have to wear retainers afterwards

Once your braces have been removed, that is not necessarily the end of your treatment. Over time, your teeth will move around and could potentially undo some of the work the braces have achieved. So your orthodontist will make a mould of your mouth and provide you with a retainer. It’s highly important that you wear your retainer to maintain your newly straightened teeth and keep it clean. Your orthodontist will recommend the type of retainer you need and how long you need to wear it for. This will vary from case to case so you need to listen to their advice and follow their instructions closely.

You should now feel more prepared to have your braces fitted and have a better understanding of the process. It can be highly beneficial to have braces, not only from an aesthetic point of view but from a health one too. Find a reputable orthodontist to fit your braces and your teeth will start to look better in no time.