Does the thought of wearing braces as an adult make you feel a bit…ridiculous?
You needn’t worry – more adults are doing braces than you think. According to a survey by the American Association of Orthodontics, adults are increasingly seeking orthodontic treatment. In fact, orthodontists in the United States and Canada treated a record high of over 1 million patients between 2010 and 2012 – an increase of 14%.
Can adults benefit from orthodontic treatment? Yes! So what’s holding you back from getting braces? Let’s take a closer look at some common misconceptions.
Just like with teenagers, many adults don’t want braces because they’re embarrassed about how they’ll look. For instance…
The good news is the social stigma is quickly disappearing, and there are a lot more adult patients doing braces than you would think. Thanks to recent technologies, there are now more lifestyle-friendly options available, like clear aligners and clear brackets.
They’re barely noticeable and less uncomfortable than traditional braces, and people are a lot more excited to get braces at any age.
If you’re still feeling apprehensive, just remember this: by creating a healthier smile, you’re not only improving your oral health, you’re also improving your appearance with a more attractive smile.
You think treatment will take too long.
Were you once told that adult teeth move a lot slower than kids’ teeth? Are you concerned your treatment will take as long as 5 years to complete?
In certain cases that require a lot of complex movement and replacement teeth, treatment will likely take longer. But if what you need is a simple fix, treatment will take considerably less time. For example, if you had braces as a kid but you didn’t wear your retainer, then you may only have some minor relapse to correct and that treatment could be 6 months or less.
Plus, behavior plays an important role in your overall treatment, and patients who properly care for their braces can ensure their treatment plan stays on track. So, if your friend complains about how they they had their braces for remember to ask a few good questions (link to the myth #5 about braces).
Treatment time may be shorter than what you’re thinking, or you could need less work done than you expect. So what’s the best way to find out what you need for sure? Come on in for a consultation.
It wasn’t all that long ago that braces were touted as a “kids’ thing,” almost like a rite of passage into becoming a teenager.
But the truth is, you’re never too old for braces. And these days, a lot of parents are signing up for orthodontic treatment right alongside their kids.
A few years ago, New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi did just that. Like some adults, he had straight teeth when he was younger. But after 15 years as a catcher, his teeth had become crooked after being jarred numerous times by foul tips.
When Girardi learned his 10-year-old daughter, Serena, was nervous about getting braces, he decided to take the leap himself. He made a deal that is she got braces, he would get them, too.
And so at 45 years old, Girardi became an adult who wears braces. He made the agreement public in an interview with ESPN. “What I didn’t realize when I made the deal,” he stated, “is that she only had to get four on her front teeth and I got the full mouthful.”
So, if you’re already coming along for appointments, as they say “When in rome…”
Are you hesitant to get orthodontic treatment as an adult? Share your concerns with us in the comments!