Many people think of traditional metal braces as being exclusively for teenagers. You might be surprised, then, if your dentist refers you to an orthodontist with the recommendation that you undergo this treatment as an adult. Don’t worry. Braces aren’t going to ruin your image or make you feel like you are back in high school. In this blog post, we’ll discuss a few things you should know before you embark on your journey with metal braces as an adult.
You Aren’t Alone
Countless adults start orthodontic treatment every year. While some of them opt for clear aligner systems like Invisalign or other “invisible” braces options, a lot of them choose traditional metal braces. Your coworkers and others whom you encounter in your daily activities may not think twice about the fact that you have braces.
You Aren’t Too Old
There is no upper age limit for braces. Of course, your orthodontist will thoroughly evaluate your oral health before approving you for treatment, but the state of your teeth and jawbone are much more important than your age. Even many seniors may benefit from braces.
Braces Are Cost-Effective
It is relatively rare for dental insurance to cover orthodontics for adults. Given that, it is only natural if you want to keep your treatment costs to a minimum — and metal braces are the way to do that. They generally have a lower price than ceramic braces, clear aligners, and other treatments that have a heavier focus on aesthetics.
You’ll Adapt Quickly
When you first get your braces, you’ll have to change some of your routines. For example, you’ll need to adjust your eating habits and spend a bit more time on oral hygiene. However, most patients adapt quickly to such changes and don’t find them to be a huge inconvenience. Also, your regular appointments with your orthodontist will usually be brief and won’t cause a huge disruption to your work schedule.
Braces May Take Longer as an Adult
Bones tend to become harder and less malleable with age. Therefore, adult orthodontic treatment takes longer on average than treatment for children and teenagers. Do not let that discourage you, though. Every case is different, and your treatment might not take as long as you expect. After you get used to your braces, it may seem like the time is flying by.
Braces Are Worth It
For many people, the aesthetic changes that braces can produce make the treatment worth it. However, an improved smile is just one of many potential benefits you may experience. You may lower your risk of tooth decay and gum disease, enjoy reduced jaw pain, grind your teeth less often, and enjoy a host of other advantages.
There is no reason to hold back from getting braces as an adult. This cost-effective orthodontic treatment can boost your confidence and improve your oral health.
Meet the Practice
Dr. Amin Mason and the team at Columbus Orthodontic Center offer a range of orthodontic treatments for both children and adults, including traditional braces. If you are interested in exploring your options for correcting dental misalignment, contact us at 614-549-5835.