Contrary to common social stigmas, braces aren’t just for kids. 1 in 5 orthodontic patients is over the age of 18. More adults than ever are visiting their orthodontist to invest in straight smiles because of various treatment options, like Invisalign. Whether you choose traditional metal braces or clear aligners, here are 5 things you should know about getting braces as an adult.
1. Your treatment won’t last forever.
Your age doesn’t influence the duration of your treatment plan. Instead, the complexity of your needs and patient compliance are the biggest factors to affect how long you’ll need to wear braces. Every case is unique, but most adults can expect to wear braces for 14 to 26 months. While a straight smile won’t happen overnight, braces are only temporary. In just a few short months, you’ll have a healthy, beautiful smile you’ll be proud to show off.
2. You have more options than ever.
Traditional metal braces use brackets and wires to move the teeth gradually. Although they can treat the most complex issues, they can be noticeable. Thankfully, you have more options than ever to find the exact orthodontic system to fit your needs, like Invisalign. Instead of brackets and wires, clear aligners are worn over your teeth. It’s a discreet option for adults needing to preserve their professional image.
3. Braces are affordable.
A straight smile is affordable for everyone, even adults. Many dental insurances can be used to lower the amount you’ll pay out-of-pocket. If you can’t use your coverage or don’t have insurance, you can still achieve a straight smile without breaking the bank. Your orthodontist will offer various financial solutions to improve your bite and alignment while staying within your budget, like third-party financing. You can pay for your braces using monthly installments, so you won’t have to worry about coming up with a lump sum.
4. You’ll save money down the road.
Braces are beneficial for more than just cosmetic reasons. Properly aligned teeth are easier to keep clean, making your brushing and flossing routine more effective. Fixing your bite and alignment issues will lower your risk of common dental problems, like tooth decay and gum disease. As a result, you can avoid needing a costly treatment later to lower your long-term dental expenses.
5. You’ll give your confidence a boost.
You won’t have to hide your smile because you’re embarrassed by your teeth anymore. Once your braces come off, you’ll notice an instant boost to your self-esteem. You may even notice an improvement in your quality of life.
Take your first step toward a straight smile. Schedule a consultation with your orthodontist to see which adult braces are right for you.
About Dr. Aaron DeMaio
Dr. DeMaio earned his dental degree from the University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine before completing his orthodontic training at Tufts-New England Medical Center. He strives to create generations of healthy, beautiful smiles. If you’re ready to fix your crooked teeth, contact our office today to schedule your consultation.