Today, some 4 million Americans are wearing braces, according to the American Association of Orthodontists. Although they are most commonly seen in teenagers, adult braces are popular as well. If you are an adult getting braces, there are a few things that you should know.
The first thing that you need to know about adult braces is that you will have to spend more time cleaning your teeth. Traditional braces are an obstacle that can make it difficult when you are brushing.
You need to make sure that when you brush, you are getting around the braces and reaching between your teeth. Flossing will also be difficult and there are a few different tools that you can use to help with this. A Waterpik uses water to clean the space in between your teeth so you don’t have to worry about flossing.
Another thing that you need to know while you are preparing for adult braces is that wax is a great tool to stop some of the pain. On the ends of metal braces, you can find wires. These wires may cause some pain and discomfort in your mouth. Ask your orthodontist for wax so that you can place it over the wire. This wax will get rid of some of the pain and give you a more comfortable experience.