If you had braces when you were younger, then the idea of getting braces for a second time probably makes your skin crawl. But the reality is, for some people two rounds of braces is a necessity. You might be wondering why someone would need to get braces twice. Shouldn’t one time be enough?
A second round of braces can be necessary if your teeth moved since the first round. This can happen for natural reasons, due to injuries, or if you didn’t wear your retainer for long enough after getting braces the first time. Whatever the reason, a second round of braces can help with moving your teeth back into place. So if you are still unhappy with your smile after getting braces once, consider another trip to the orthodontist.
Your second time may be a bit different
Fortunately, your second time getting braces will probably be a lot smoother than the first. For many adults, traditional braces are not particularly practical, not to mention being uncomfortable. As a result, a lot of people opt for invisible braces when they need a second round.
Invisible braces aren’t the right choice for everyone. Your orthodontist may make a different recommendation depending on the dental problems you’re addressing. However, for many people Invisalign is an effective way to straighten your teeth without bulky metal braces. Invisalign uses a system of clear aligner trays that are discreet, comfortable, and removable, making them a great option for adults.
The long term goal
Getting braces again doesn’t have to be like the first time. People often have an easier, more comfortable experience getting braces in adulthood. Invisalign braces are a popular option for adults, but they’re not for everyone. Make sure to seek a consultation with your orthodontist to determine what kind of braces are best for you.
With many people still working remotely and today’s technology, we have virtual consultation appointments available. We will likely want to see photos of your teeth to get a better idea of what treatment is necessary. Click here for more information on how to take pictures of your teeth for a virtual orthodontist appointment.