Dealing With Adult Braces On A Professional Job

Appearances are important when it comes to professional work. Wearing nice clothing that properly fits your frame is a part of the equation of acting like an executive. If you are in a high position of power at work, getting braces can make you feel juvenile again. It is not uncommon to see adults who are wearing braces, so there are ways to make sure that you fix your dental issues and still function in a professional manner. Here are three tips for dealing with adult braces in a professional job. 

Practice speech in the mirror

When braces are first installed, you may notice you have a slight lisp or speech impediment. Fortunately, this can be cleared up if you are able to practice speaking a little bit. Stand in front of the mirror and rehearse speaking as if you were in the boardroom. This will let you know how your mouth appears while moving and you can make adjustments if you notice that your enunciation is off. A few days of rehearsal will have you speaking like a professional again. 

Get clear braces

Clear braces are a godsend for those who wish to fix tooth spacing issues without having the metal mouth look. Clear braces can be difficult to spot in photos and from farther away. It may only be close up that people notice that you have braces. Ask your orthodontist for clear brackets and wires to make sure that you will not have metal in your mouth that stands out. The rubber bands that are applied to your braces will also need to be clear. If you need to, purchase a bag of clear dental bands and bring them with you in the event that a rubber band breaks and you need to replace it. 

Come up with an end date

Knowing that there is an end to the project of having braces will set your mind at ease. Talk to your orthodontist about the projected removal date of your braces. If possible, ask to be placed in a clear retainer system as quickly as possible. This can cut your braces wear time down to a year or less with proper tightening treatments. Write up a copy of the plan with your dentist, then write the dates of tightening and removal in your planner. Noticing when you are getting closer to the removal date will give you time to talk over the next course of treatment and assess your progress to ensure you are still on schedule.