How to Choose the Right Braces for Adults

More than half of adults in this country do not like the appearance of their teeth. Do crooked or misaligned teeth keep you from smiling?

Many adults never had the benefit of braces as teens. Even if they did, dental shifting can undo those cosmetic results.

Fortunately, braces for adults are a great option. Read on to learn the basics of the cost of braces for adults, dental insurance factors, and other important factors to consider.

Aren’t Braces Just for Teens?

Not at all. Many people associate metal braces with treatments for youths, but orthodontic treatments are just as effective for treating dental misalignments in adults of all ages. We love seeing patients even seniors benefit from a beautiful smile following metal braces treatments.

Braces for adults work just like braces for teens. The first step involves a consultation with Dr. Michael Larson. If braces for adults are a good treatment option, Dr. Larson will explain how the process works.

Metal braces for adults are often recommended to treat complex dental misalignments. While Invisalign clear aligners are a great alternative treatment option, they may not be ideal for correcting certain problems. Metal braces allow Dr. Larson to have greater control over aspects of orthodontic treatment.

Benefits of Braces for Adults

Teens do not always properly clean and maintain their metal braces. This can lead to tooth decay and other oral health problems. For adults, this is generally not a problem.

Pop culture in the 1980s and 90s portrayed teens and people with braces as being nerdy or awkward. This is no longer the case. We live in a time when people are encouraged to self-improve.

Misconceptions about braces continue to linger. Many people still associate braces with considerable discomfort. Dental innovations allow dentists and orthodontists to stay better attuned to the concerns and needs of adult patients.

You may find the initial process of placing braces to be uncomfortable, but there is very little discomfort associated with this procedure overall. Adults do take a bit longer to achieve the orthodontic results of youths, though. Be prepared to spend a few years with adult braces, depending on the complexity of your dental misalignment.

Once your treatment is complete, you will need to wear a retainer indefinitely. Retainers ensure your teeth do not shift out of place.

When Is Invisalign a Better Option?

Most adults are great candidates for metal braces or Invisalign. Your dentist will consider your orthodontic needs before making a recommendation between the two.

The treatments are similar in cost, although metal braces often require longer treatment times. The main benefit of Invisalign is that it is discreet. Most people cannot tell that someone has on the clear aligners.

Schedule Your Adult Braces Consultation Today!

Are you tired of living with crooked teeth? This year, give yourself something to really smile about. Braces for adults are an effective and affordable treatment that can enhance your smile and boost your confidence.

Contact our office to schedule your orthodontic consultation today.