Dr. Chelian Orthodontics

4 Differences Between Adult and Kids Braces

Posted on January 30, 2023

There’s no age limit to braces treatment for adults, and adults may find that they need them for many of the same reasons as children. However, there are some key differences between adult braces and kids braces that should be taken into consideration before undergoing treatment.

1. Cost Differences

One major difference is cost. Overall, braces treatment is often less expensive in children thanks to the little need for additional materials. Fewer materials mean less time and money spent on treatment, resulting in lower costs. Adult braces require more attention due to the changes that may have occurred in the teeth since childhood. Fortunately, orthodontists are trained in braces treatment for both adults and children, so they can create a unique plan that is tailored to the individual.

2. Treatment Time

The duration of treatment also differs between adults and children. According to Humana, adults can expect to wear braces for three or four years, while children usually have them for two years. In addition, adult braces may require more visits to the orthodontist, as adult teeth may move faster due to the changes in their structure. The orthodontist will be able to provide a more accurate estimate of the treatment time needed.

3. Appearance of Braces

Adults often want to be as discreet as possible when wearing braces, and thankfully there are options for adults that are less noticeable than traditional braces. Ceramic braces and lingual brackets (brackets that are placed on the back of the teeth) are both options for adults that are less visible than traditional braces. Additionally, Invisalign and retainers are other options for adults that want a more discreet look while undergoing treatment.

4. Oral Hygiene

Adults will need to take extra care of their oral hygiene during the braces treatment process. Brushing and flossing are especially important, as it can be difficult for food particles to reach all the areas of the braces. Orthodontists often recommend special dental products such as interdental brushes and floss threaders to ensure every area of the teeth is clean. Additionally, regular dental check-ups are also important during braces treatment.

Clearly, adult braces can help adults achieve the smile of their dreams, providing a healthy and confident look. Although there are some key differences between adult braces and kids braces, the treatment is just as effective and can provide lasting results. Are you interested in a braces treatment? Reach out to Chelian today!


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