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Myths About Adult Braces Debunked

Many people associate orthodontic care predominately with teenagers and preteens. However, orthodontic care benefits patients of all ages, even adults! In fact, nearly one-fifth of all contemporary orthodontic patients are over the age of 18. If you’re an adult who has been unhappy with your smile but haven’t done anything about it, you’re not alone. Adults are sometimes hesitant to undergo orthodontic care due to various misconceptions. This article debunks a couple of widely believed myths about adult braces.

Braces Are Only For Kids

Braces are not only for children. In fact, adult braces are especially effective and can give you a straighter, more confident smile!

Additionally, adults generally take better care of their teeth than children and preteens. This means there is a lesser chance of issues arising during treatment due to poor oral health.

Braces Are Too Noticeable and Unprofessional

It’s not unusual for adults to worry that braces may affect their appearance or even their career. Yet modern braces have thinner brackets and are sleeker than ever. Still, there are options available for people who wish to keep a lower profile during treatment. Metal braces made from stainless steel and clear braces made from ceramics are much less bulky than they were in the past and much more comfortable. Another alternative is Invisalign braces, which consist of transparent, removable plastic trays known as aligners. They are designed to fit over the teeth and gradually shift them into the proper positions. Invisalign takes an average of one year to complete and has a 96% satisfaction rate.

Braces Are Painful

Since the days of metal braces, technology has advanced significantly. Today’s orthodontics move your teeth gently and effectively. While you may feel some discomfort, this is simple to resolve with some preparation and knowledge! As your teeth adjust, you may experience some soreness. The good news is that your body will soon adapt to the change and any discomfort will subside.

Adult braces are a fantastic way to straighten your teeth and enhance your dental health, regardless of your age. If you are interested in learning more about adult braces, or to schedule a free consultation with us, contact our office today!