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Am I too old to get braces?

No, there is no age limit on braces. It’s true that the typical time for orthodontic treatment is adolescence, but almost a quarter of our patients are adults. Sometimes our adult patients tell us that when were younger, their families couldn’t afford or just didn’t bother with orthodontics. Adult braces are increasingly common nationwide. As long as your teeth and gums are in decent shape, we can help.

How long will have I have to wear braces?

Braces can take from 6 months to just over 2 years to straighten your teeth. The time frame depends on a number of factors including the severity of the problem and the treatment method. Good oral hygiene and compliance with any instructions will help minimize treatment time.

Do braces hurt?

Not really, but you may feel some soreness during the days after your braces are first installed or after they’re tightened. Typically, a warm saltwater rinse will relieve soreness, and over-the-counter pain medication can help too.

How often do I need to brush when in braces?

You should brush in the morning, evening, and ideally after you eat anything, but three times a day should be good. Frequent brushing is important because when you’re wearing braces, food can get stuck in your appliances which can lead to gum disease or decay. You should also floss regularly, and there are special tools you can use to help clean your teeth. We can tell you about some tricks and techniques.

Do I still need to go to the dentist when I’m in braces?

Yes. Going to the dentist is always important, but it’s even more so when you’re in braces. Be sure to go to an appointment every 6 months. The professional care of a dentist will ensure that your teeth are clean and healthy so you’ll have a great smile when the braces come of.

Are there any activities I can’t do in braces?

No, you can do it all. If you play sports, we recommend you wear a mouth guard. We can advise you on options. If you play a wind instrument, its simply may take some adjustment to get used to playing again.

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