Braces for Adults for adults are becoming increasingly popular. Dr Derek Coetzee, experienced in orthodontic treatment, situated in Bryanston, provides adult braces and general orthodontic treatment.

Adult orthodontics is a booming business. More and more 30-something parents have finally gotten all their children out of braces and now it is their turn. Some adults are just now obtaining adult braces because they are at a point in their life when they can finally afford braces. Still, others opt for adult braces because after starting over after a life altering event, they are finally ready to get that beautiful straight smile they have always dreamt of! If you are thinking about getting adult braces, here are a few pearls of wisdom you should consider before making a decision.

There are basically three types of braces adults are opting for:

  • standard metal braces
  • clear ceramic brackets
  • invisible removable aligners

The standard metal braces are the most cost effective and you can even change the colour of your rubber bands like all the hip, cool kids are doing. Clear ceramic brackets are a bit larger in size than the metal ones. Depending on your bite you may not have enough room to get the clear ones on your lower teeth, or at least not in the beginning. The wires are still metal and you can see the braces on your teeth, but they are just not as noticeable. Drawbacks are ceramic braces are slightly more expensive than the metal brackets, are a little more uncomfortable to wear and when it comes time to take them off, it is a bit more labour intensive and uncomfortable.

One thing you have to be aware of as an adult orthodontic patient is that the process is a lot more uncomfortable than having braces as a child. It hurts a lot more and for a lot longer! The reason for this is that when children get their braces, they have had their permanent teeth in their mouths for an average of three months to three years. Those permanent teeth have not settled into the jaw bone yet, and the jaws are still growing so the tooth supporting bone is still malleable. Adults, on the other hand, have had those permanent teeth in their mouth for an average of 20-35 years prior to getting braces, hence the increased pain and overall treatment period.

However, this is not meant to frighten you. It does get much easier and you will eventually forget you have them on. When the braces are adjusted every four to eight weeks, you will normally experience discomfort for 24-36 hours. This discomfort is easily alleviated with Ibuprofen or similar pain relievers.

If you require orthodontic treatment simply contact Dr Derek Coetzee by completing the contact us form.