Your Lifestyle Guide to Adult Braces

While it’s never too late to improve your smile, you may be turned off at the idea of displaying a mouthful of metal, especially as an adult. If you want a healthier smile but don’t want to endure orthodontic treatment, this comprehensive guide to living with braces is geared toward you!

Keep the Goal in Mind

Wearing braces is just like every other means-to-an-end. You work out regularly to stay fit. Each day you head to work to make a living. Even washing dishes or doing laundry applies, if want fresh clothes or clean eating utensils you simply must do it.

Braces are no different. In fact, orthodontic treatment is a means to multiple ends:

  • Correct bite problems
  • Improved chewing and speaking
  • Healthier teeth
  • Reduced risk of decay
  • A straight, beautiful smile
  • Bonus results in increased confidence

Em-Brace Your New Look!

It is not uncommon to see more adults wearing braces these days. In fact, so many older people are seeking treatment, you may have stopped noticing. Therefore, there are more people out there who can relate to having braces later in life.

Care for Your Braces

There are pros and cons that come with caring for your braces and underlying teeth.

Pros:

  • Seeking orthodontic treatment was your decision, not your parents’ choice.
  • You understand the cause and effect of orthodontic treatment more thoroughly.
  • You want to get the most bang for your buck.

Cons:

Young adolescents and older teens are amid change. As an established adult, you may find it more difficult to adjust your ingrained routine. Regarding oral care, braces require more diligent work. It takes longer to floss, and you need to do it carefully. Brushing your teeth is tricky, and you mustn’t eat some of the foods you are used to enjoying.

For all the “pros” you will care for your braces and teeth properly, you will do great! And, of course, you can always call our Queens, NY dental clinic for more tips or to ask any questions.

Know Your Options

If the thought of wearing traditional metal braces as an adult still seems unpleasant, know your options. Dental Arts Kew Gardens also offers Fast Braces and Invisalign.

If you have been told in the past that you are not a candidate for clear aligners, don’t hesitate to check with us. We have extensive experience and will determine which orthodontic treatment is best for your case.

Is Sedation Dentistry Right for You?

Does the thought of a visit to the dentist make you cringe? Would you rather pet a spider than get that cavity filled? At Dental Arts in Kew Gardens, we understand dental anxiety and want each of our patients to have a calm, comforting and exceptional experience. For this reason, we are proud to offer nitrous oxide “sedation” dentistry. Nitrous oxide, commonly referred to as laughing gas, is a safe and healthy compound which can be used to provide a more relaxed dental experience. Wondering what the benefits of nitrous oxide dentistry are?

  • Provides a relaxing effect. For patients that feel nervous or anxious at the dental office, nitrous oxide can provide a safe, healthy and calming effect, allowing the patient to feel more relaxed during treatment.
  • Reduces patient gag reflex. Nitrous oxide can also reduce the gag reflex, allowing our dental staff to work on your teeth, gums and oral health without your gag reflex becoming induced.
  • Allows patient to remain responsive. Other forms of sedation dentistry may make communication with the patient difficult; nitrous oxide allows the patient to remain responsive to directions and able to communicate with our dental staff.
  • Does not provide complete sedation. Nitrous oxide also leaves the patient completely awake, yet relaxed while other forms of sedation dentistry can completely sedate the patient.
  • No lingering side effects. Once treatment has been completed, oxygen will be increased, completely removing the nitrous from your system, allowing you to continue with your day. Other forms of sedation dentistry require the patient be driven to and from the appointments.

Kew Gardens Sedation Dentistry Process

During your appointment at our Kew Gardens dental office, you will be provided with a small mask which will be placed over the nose. You will be asked to breathe normally through your nose as nitrous oxide is administered through the mask. After just a few minutes you will begin to feel more calmed and relaxed. Once your treatment has been completed, oxygen levels will be increased, allowing the nitrous oxide to leave your system fully.