While it’s generally generally believed that people should get braces in late childhood or during their teenage years, adults can still benefit greatly from getting orthodontic treatment. Naturally, you may have some questions you want to have answered before you seriously look into getting braces as an adult. Here are some of the most common questions adults have about starting orthodontic treatment with braces.
Why Get Braces as an Adult?
Why not start off with the basics? If you never had orthodontic treatment as a teen, you might be wondering if it’s really worth it at this point. In short, it’s definitely worth it to improve your smile as an adult. For one, getting braces is about more than just improving appearances. When you straighten your smile, you also set yourself up for better oral health along with improved comfort.
Plus, you deserve to have your perfect smile. By straightening your teeth, you’ll feel more confident wherever you go, and you’ll likely find yourself looking for excuses to show off your smile more.
Will My Treatment Take Longer as an Adult?
One advantage of getting braces earlier in life is that the jaw is a bit more malleable, which makes tooth movement a bit easier and faster. However, that doesn’t mean that you’ll have your braces on forever if you get them as an adult.
In fact, kids and adults now have access to better orthodontic technology than ever! One solution to look into is the Propel V system. This device, which you can use in the comfort of your own home, can speed up teeth movement by up to 40%.
Are Braces Expensive?
There are lots of ways to make your orthodontic treatment affordable, including convenient payment options through OrthoFi. Braces are also often covered in part by major dental insurance plans, which is a great way to avoid having to pay for treatment completely out of pocket.
And if you have a flexible spending account (FSA) through your employer or a health savings account (HSA), you can use those tax-free funds to make your braces more affordable.
What Types of Braces Can I Get?
Traditional silver braces are still a great option for patients who want a better smile, but that doesn’t mean it’s the only effective option. For patients who want their treatment to be more discreet, ceramic braces are an excellent choice because they are made out of ceramic brackets that are either clear or match the color of your teeth. This makes them much less noticeable.
If you prefer to make a statement with your braces, there are also different colors of braces, such as gold braces.
What Can I Expect from My First Appointment?
During your initial exam, we’ll take a quick digital scan of your teeth to gather impressions and take an x-ray to get a look at your jaw. We’ll then be able to determine which orthodontic treatment options would be best for you.
To schedule your free consultation and to get answers to more of your questions about getting braces as an adult, contact Smith Orthodontics today!