Thinking About Getting Braces Again? Here’s What You Need To Know

You probably remember the awkward days of middle school braces all too well – choosing your colored rubber bands, getting pulled out of class to attend an appointment, and dealing with those little packs of wax to keep the brackets from irritating the inside of your mouth. The good news is that braces have come a long way since your tween years!

If you’re thinking about getting braces for the second time, you’re not alone. Many adults want the confidence they once had in their smile, and turn to adult braces as a way to get straight teeth again. Whether you’re considering getting braces or clear aligners, like Invisalign, Reddick Orthodontics is here to help.

Your Teeth Have Noticeably Shifted

Many people experience shifting teeth over time, even if they spent years dealing with braces as a teen. This can happen for a number of reasons, especially when you don’t wear retainers faithfully. Jaw issues, growth, dental work, and wisdom teeth are some of the possible reasons your original beautiful smile changes over time. 

If you’ve worn braces before, we understand that it can be nerve-wracking to think of making such a commitment again. A thorough orthodontic exam will help your orthodontist spot any changes to your mouth and help come up with possible solutions. If tooth decay or gum disease is detected, we’ll work with you to get the problems taken care of before undergoing orthodontic treatment. An x-ray will also need to be taken to ensure that you don’t have any underlying issues that could cause problems with your braces.

There Is A Difference In Your Bite

If you are going to get braces, you’ll first come in for a set of impressions, photographs, and x-rays. For the impressions, we’ll use a flexible, clay-like material to take a mold of your teeth, helping us to understand exactly how your braces should be placed and how your bite and smile has changed over time. We’ll set up an appointment a few weeks later for you to come in and discuss the treatment options, getting started with treatment soon after if you decide it is for you. Once the braces are placed, you will normally experience a little discomfort as the teeth start to move.

You’ll come in from time to time to have your braces adjusted. At each appointment, we’ll talk with you about any discomfort that you’re having, and address your concerns. We’ll slightly adjust your wires to gently move your teeth into their desired positions. For the overwhelming majority of people who are getting braces for the second time, it’s typically not necessary to wear them for nearly as long as you did the first time. In fact, you’ll usually feel the difference in your bite in the first few months. Likely, the heavy lifting of moving your teeth has already been done, and we’ll simply work to make small adjustments that will make a big difference in your smile.

You Want Braces But Don’t Want Brackets 

We encourage you to give us a call to learn more about whether braces could be a good fit for you at this point in your life. Many options, such as Invisalign, are virtually undetectable to others, helping you to get the confident smile you want without having to go through the awkwardness of traditional metal braces.

When you come in for your first consultation, you’ll meet with our orthodontist to talk about your goals for your teeth. Together, you’ll go over a potential timeline for your braces or Invisalign treatment. You’ll have plenty of time to ask questions and decide which option is the best fit for your needs and lifestyle.

If you’re ready to take steps toward a more confident you, we’re here to help. Contact our Melbourne, FL orthodontist, Reddick Orthodontics, to schedule your consultation and decide whether adult braces or clear braces could be a good fit for your orthodontic needs, confidence, and smile.

Greetings everyone,

All dentists, including orthodontists, have been ordered by the Florida governor to cease performing non-emergency treatment due to the coronavirus outbreak.  This unfortunately applies to our practice and all upcoming regularly scheduled appointments. As it stands now, this order does not expire until May 8th. It is unclear whether the ban will continue beyond this date.  Because of the unknown nature of this situation, we cannot reschedule appointments at this time. We will do everything we can to reschedule and resume normal operations as soon as possible.

We will continue to have someone in the office during normal hours to answer phone calls and help with any problems that arise.  As always, we will also have someone available on-call for after hours emergencies. The emergency number will be given on our office voicemail.  We ask that anyone visiting our office be free of any symptoms of illness or an asymptomatic diagnosis of COVID-19, for the health of our staff and patients.  The vast majority of times we can help solve a problem without having to visit the office at all.

We ask that our patients please be sure to keep excellent oral hygiene and continue to wear elastics (rubber bands) as prescribed, as well as avoiding hard and sticky foods, as breakage is likely to lead to further delay in treatment progress.  If more elastics are needed we would be happy to arrange for pickup of more or mail them if necessary.

The health and well-being of our entire community is our top priority.  We are proud to have such a wonderful group of patients and families in our practice and we thank you for your understanding as delays in treatment will unfortunately occur.  We sincerely hope this message finds you safe and healthy and we hope for a speedy end to this pandemic.

Thank you,

Dr. Chad Reddick and the Reddick Orthodontics Team