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5 Myths About Adult Braces

Posted on February 3, 2022

When most people think about dental braces, there’s a good chance they picture young kids and teenagers. The reality is that one in every three orthodontic patients is an adult, which means there are plenty of adults who need braces (per the American Association of Orthodontics). If you’re an adult who’s considering braces, here are five common misconceptions you should stop believing.

They’re Just for Kids

Many patients who need dental braces are kids, but there are many adult patients as well. You’re never too old for orthodontic treatment. As you age, you learn what’s needed to properly care for your teeth and gums. Getting braces as an adult will help you have straighter teeth and a brighter smile.

They’re Painful

You may assume dental braces are painful, but technology has come a long way since the first traditional metal braces. Today’s braces are effective, gentle, and much more comfortable. There may still be some occasional mouth irritation as you get used to dental braces, but there are plenty of remedies available.

They’re Expensive

Make no mistake, dental braces and orthodontic treatment is an investment. When you visit an orthodontist, they’ll go over a personalized treatment plan that includes your appointments, your braces, follow-up visits, and a home oral hygiene kit. Many orthodontists offer payment plans with financing as well as insurance plans, so braces aren’t as unattainable as you may think.

Braces Are Too Noticeable

It’s normal to be self-conscious about your teeth when you’re considering braces. You might think braces will make you more self-conscious but advances in technology have led to multiple options for braces, including Invisalign and clear braces, which are more subtle than traditional metal braces.

It’s Too Late To Get Braces

Wrong. It’s never too late to get braces. Age can be a variable when putting together a treatment plan, but at the end of it all, braces will improve your smile, improve your oral health and make you feel less self-conscious.

With the right braces, your smile can be transformed. If you’re considering adult braces, contact Silver Smiles today to discuss your options.


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