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For years, braces were considered a rite of passage for children and teenagers. However, more and more adults are opting for orthodontics so that they can enjoy the cosmetic and health benefits of a straighter smile.  Be that as it may, adults should talk with your dentist before you start the procedure to make sure that you understand all of the issues involved. Adults, after all, do have some factors to consider that younger people do not.

For example, because of their age, adults may not have enough bone between the roots of their teeth to permit adequate blood flow. Adults may have gum disease, and moreover, their jaws have stopped growing and their jawbones have hardened. This could make the alignment process a little longer than for younger people.

Some adults may have lost teeth or had them extracted in the past. These empty spaces may not be suitable for your teeth to move into as they are realigned. You may require surgery to improve those areas.

Whether you are an adult or not, the rules for wearing for dental hygiene and braces always apply. You will need to brush thirty minutes after every meal, and you should be sure to floss since food can easily become stuck in your dental work. You may have trouble using regular dental floss, and you may want to try using a water flosser or a floss threader.

If you are considering getting braces for yourself or for your child, now would be a great time to meet with our dentist Dr. Steven Ricci to see if braces or another procedure will work for you.  If you live in the Johns Creek, Georgia area and would like to make an appointment at Ricci Orthodontics, call our office at 678-417-9848.