Braces For Adults in Charles County and St. Mary’s County, MD
Conveniently located in Waldorf and Leonardtown, and serving Charles County and St. Mary’s County, Maryland, Sequence Orthodontics provides braces and other orthodontic treatments to adults in the surrounding communities of Maryland.
What Are Adult Braces?
Dental braces are orthodontic devices that align and straighten teeth, adjust the position of a person’s bite and improve overall oral health. Braces treat and prevent overbites, underbites, malocclusions, crooked teeth, crowded or improperly spaced teeth and other structural or cosmetic conditions of the teeth and jaw. Although the optimal time to apply braces is during childhood, many adults opt for braces to improve their appearance and oral health. Braces are suitable for most healthy adults, although adult orthodontic treatment may require a bit more time than the same treatment applied to children.
What is the Advantage of Wearing Braces as an Adult?
Many adults seek braces to improve their appearance and confidence; however braces provide more than mere aesthetic improvement. Proper alignment of the teeth and jaw may enhance overall health by improving the eating and chewing capacity, leading to improved digestion. Straight, properly spaced teeth effectively improve one’s bite, and may even improve speaking ability. Straight, properly aligned teeth and a healthy bite contribute to a healthy mouth, which is the gateway to good health. Straight teeth are also easier to effectively brush, clean and floss, enhancing your smile and overall appearance!
Am I a Good Candidate for Adult Braces?
Almost any adult may be an ideal candidate for braces or other orthodontic treatment, although length and type of treatment may vary according to individual characteristics, such as age, orthodontic condition, budget, and lifestyle. Typically, adults may choose between traditional braces or aligners, such as Invisalign®, though not all adults may be candidates for Invisalign®.
How Long Will I Have to Wear Adult Braces?
Most adult orthodontic treatments take longer than children’s treatments. Typically adults wear braces for a period of 18 months to three years. Invisalign® treatments may take slightly longer. In many cases, patients must wear a retainer after braces are removed to ensure optimal maintenance of treatment results.
Are Adult Braces Painful to Wear?
Although the application procedure is not painful, there may be some discomfort as your teeth begin to realign due to the pressure from the wires and elastic ligatures. You may also experience discomfort for a few days following each orthodontist appointment whenever your braces are adjusted. Over-the-counter pain medication typically provides effective relief, and you may also apply wax to the braces to prevent them from irritating the inside of your mouth. Our staff will provide you with detailed instructions on how to use the wax at your application appointment.
What Should I Do Next?
If you live in Charles County or St. Mary’s County, Maryland and want to learn more about adult braces, contact Sequence Orthodontics at our friendly Waldorf or Leonardtown offices to inquire about adult orthodontic treatment.