Getting orthodontic treatment as an adult can be a rather daunting process. Getting braces will being young, we often worry and fear about the possible pain and discomfort associated with the treatment. However, as an adult, our worries often relate to the physical aspect of braces. People often wonder how they’ll look with braces as an adult, and we can assure you it is not something you need to concern yourself with.
There are many different pros and cons of clear braces and wire braces, but the benefits definitely outweigh the costs in our opinion. We have done some research for you and culminated four tips to help you stay confident when getting orthodontic treatment. Keep reading to find out some more information. Just remember, confidence is key!
How To Stay Confident While Having Orthodontic Treatment
Choose a discrete option
Perhaps the most useful benefit of orthodontic treatment is that there are many different treatment options available to you. The ultimate aim of any treatment is to straighten your teeth and even help align your jaw. As well as this, braces and other types of treatment can actually help with other oral health issues too.
The fact that there are so many options to choose from means that you can suit a treatment plan to your wants and needs – as long as you get the go-ahead from your specialist! Lucky for you, there are discrete treatment options when it comes to braces. For example, you can choose from night-time clear aligners, invisible braces, or clear braces. Night-time clear aligners are a fantastic option for those who don’t want anything in their mouths during the day. With this, you would keep it in all night long and it’ll straighten your teeth in turn.
When it comes to invisible braces or clear braces, there are different options. For instance, they are usually placed on the teeth with clearer products, so you don’t have a metal wire or metal brackets on the teeth. Moreover, you can also choose to have the brace put on the backs of each tooth, meaning no one will be able to see them – not even you.
We believe that any type of brace should result in you losing your confidence, but if it does, you should take comfort in knowing that there are discrete options available. This will hopefully help you to feel better. The most important thing here is to communicate your concerns with your dentist or specialist and they’ll help come up with the best treatment plan for you!
Create a cohesive hygiene routine
Another great way to maintain your confidence while having an orthodontic treatment is by creating a cohesive hygiene routine. Managing your oral hygiene when you have braces, or a retainer is extremely important as these treatments usually result in more plaque and food build-up within the mouth. This is because toothbrushes – especially manual ones – cannot reach the crevices and small spots where food and plaque tend to hide. This can be very annoying, but it is entirely possible to deal with when we have a fantastic all-encompassing routine.
Some of the key things you should consider implementing into your routine is an electric toothbrush and more frequent brushing, flossing and interdental sticks and mouthwash. With electric toothbrushes, in particular, there are so many benefits which is why dentists and specialists alike constantly recommend them to their patients. We also recommend that you keep mouthwash with you at all times when eating. This is useful to freshen the mouth after a meal and rid your mouth of any extra food. If you know your teeth, gums and braces are being kept very clean, this will improve and build your confidence in turn.
Avoid problem foods
As a general rule of thumb with orthodontic treatment, it is recommended that you don’t consume any problem foods. This is because problem foods are known to get stuck in your braces or retainer and harder to get out. This will do wonders for your confidence as you wouldn’t need to worry about food getting stuck in your teeth throughout the day. This is when mouthwash comes in handy too! Don’t necessarily change your diet but consider the types of foods you’re eating and the effects they will have on your mouth.
Know that it will pass
Finally, something useful to keep in mind is that your orthodontic treatment will pass. We believe the benefits are well worth the costs and urge anyone to consider the treatment if it is an option for them. As well as having ways to manage braces and retainers, you’re left with a fabulous set of pearly whites at the end!
Maintain your confidence and have a positive mindset when having your treatment. We promise you that your braces are more noticeable to you than anyone else!