Dreaming of a straighter, more beautiful smile? If so, then why not start the new year off with creating a new smile?
While the “ideal” ages for braces are between 10 and 14, there’s truly no “wrong” time for creating a new smile with braces!
Exploring Your Options
These days, there are many different options for straightening your teeth. Traditional metal braces made of stainless steel are what most people think of when they think of braces, but there are also translucent braces available. These utilize ceramic brackets and transparent elastic ties that are less noticeable than traditional braces, making them popular among adults.
Invisalign is another option to consider; this system uses a series of clear aligners that are custom
Not sure which option is best for you? Consulting with an orthodontist is the best way to figure it out. After all, not all types of braces can be used to correct all orthodontic problems. For example, Invisalign may not be able to treat certain bite problems, but traditional or translucent braces likely can.
Life With Braces
When you have traditional braces, you will likely be restricted from eating certain foods. Some common foods you’ll be instructed to avoid include:
- chewy foods, such as gum and soft candies
- hard/crunchy foods, such as nuts and tortilla chips
- sticky foods, such as caramel and taffy
With Invisalign braces, you won’t be as limited to the types of foods you can enjoy, thanks to your ability to remove your aligners while eating. Still, you’ll need to take special care to keep your aligners clean and to avoid losing them.
Braces can be a great way to creating a new smile of your dreams. Schedule a consultation with your dentist or orthodontist today to get started!