When it comes to orthodontic treatment for adults, there are many questions that can come to mind. This is our comprehensive list of FAQ from people interested in straightening their teeth with braces.
Isn’t there an age limit on treatment?
No there is not. Treatment is available to anyone regardless of age, and it’s a common misconception that only children are fitted for them. When it comes to braces, it doesn’t matter if you’ve suffered gum and teeth issues in the past, a well fitted brace can straighten teeth, close gaps, and improve the health of not just your teeth, but your mouth in general.
When I was younger, I had to use a retainer, but my teeth shifted years after I stopped using it. Is this common?
Yes, this is in fact, quite common. A large percentage of adults being fitted having treatment are doing so for the second time, so there is no need to be concerned.
Will I need an injection to fit my braces?
Getting braces fitted to your teeth is almost entirely pain free, while you may experience some slight discomfort for a couple of days you will not require injections.
How much does it cost to get braces fitted?
This is a more difficult question as not all braces are made equal, and therefore, the price can vary depending on the case. The price can be determined by a multitude of factors, such as how crooked your teeth are, how out of place your bite may be and the type of brace that you choose. Prices for adult braces usually start from £2,000 and can increase significantly depending on whether not any further treatment is required. Most patients opt to spread the cost of the procedure, paying in smaller amounts during the course of treatment.
What are some of the risks of getting braces as an adult?
Just like any other dental or medical procedure, there are always risks when it comes to orthodontic treatment, regardless of age. Find out more about the risks of orthodontic treatment.
Can I choose to get braces on just my top or bottom row of teeth?
Once again, this can depend entirely on your circumstances. On occasion, it is possible to treat the problem arch without touching the other set. However, it’s more common that both the top and bottom rows require treatment. We usually require both rows in order to allow you to continue to speak and eat as you normally would, whereas treating individual rows would impact these very basic tasks, which is why we require full mouth procedures when it comes to orthodontic treatment.
Are people going to judge/mock me for having adult braces?
Absolutely not, and more importantly, most people will actively commend you on seeking treatment, whereas so many others would prefer to suffer in silence. Due to the nature of the procedure, being self-conscious is completely natural, but if you ever feel embarrassed or ashamed, just remind yourself how much your oral health will have improved across the course of the treatment.