Okay, we get it. No one wants braces as an adult. Most people who have had braces get them as tweens or teenagers, and having braces after your high school years can seem embarrassing.
But the truth is that braces are an amazing way to give you the smile you’ve always wanted. Whether you have an overbite, underbite, or just a few crooked teeth, braces could be just the thing to drastically improve your smile. There are many options to choose from, and depending on what kind you get, no one even has to know you’re wearing braces!
Here are some things you should know about getting braces as an adult:
You’ll Be Happy You Did!
You’re going to love your new smile. Think how jealous everyone will be when your braces come off and you have beautiful, straight teeth! Loving your smile is important for your self-esteem and quality of life, and you’re taking a huge step to improve both of those things. Spending a year or so wearing orthodontics doesn't seem like such a bad trade off to enjoy a straight smile for years into the future.
Crooked Teeth Can Hurt You
When you get braces as an adult, you’re not just giving yourself a beautiful smile— you’re actually improving the health of your mouth. Living with crooked teeth and a cooked bite can cause problems down the line like earaches, headaches, tooth decay, and gum disease.
You Have Options
There are many different types of braces. This includes traditional metal braces, tooth-colored ceramic braces, and invisible aligners. They all have their pros and cons. Some work faster than others, and some are more noticeable than others. If you choose ceramic braces or Invisalign, it's much harder for people to tell you’re wearing braces! We can work with you to find the right braces choice for your lifestyle.
Don’t Forget to Brush!
It’s important to keep up good oral hygiene when you’re wearing braces. This includes brushing and flossing every day. With braces, you might need to modify how you floss, but you still have to do it. The better you are at taking care of your teeth while you have braces, the better your dental health will be when you get them taken off and can show your new smile to the world.
Watch Your Diet
Stay away from foods that could damage your braces or get stuck in them, such as chewy candy, nuts, pretzels, corn, and gum.
Ways to Save
There are ways to save money with your braces. Traditional braces are often less expensive than Invisalign. At Stroope Orthodontics, we offer convenient financing to help you fit your treatment into your budget.
If you’re interested in adult braces, we’re here to help. Contact us to set up an orthodontic consultation!