If you are looking into the prospect of getting braces, it’s normal to be a little apprehensive. Especially when you’re an adult. The word on braces is they’re for kids, but in reality, orthodontic treatment through braces can have a major impact on you as an adult. Treatment through braces can even help impact your health in the long run with consistent treatments. Here at Bowen Family Orthodontics, we believe an informed patient will have the most effective treatment, so here are 4 reasons why adults should consider getting braces and on their way to a confident smile!
Pick Your Treatment
There are many treatment options for patients getting braces as adults. Having more experience with your body and personal needs can help determine the most effective treatment options. With the help of your orthodontist, you’ll be able to choose one of the many avenues to the perfect smile.
Traditional metal braces are a classic treatment option for getting a beautiful smile. Metal braces are bridged together using metal brackets and arches to help straighten your teeth over time. They are typically made of stainless steel and nickel, making the brackets very durable.
They’re an effective option for treating many orthodontic issues and can close gaps. They also align the teeth relatively quickly. Remember, the treatment and care of your braces are essential. Your diet, hygiene routine, and maintaining regular check-ins all factor in the effectiveness of your treatment. Traditional metal braces are a great way to an even better smile. Through the treatment process and your new hygiene routine, metal braces also help teach proper oral care so you can maintain your beautiful smile long after treatment.
Like metal braces, clear braces use brackets and wires to help straighten teeth. They are made of ceramic material and are also set with brackets. Clear braces are a popular choice for those who want to blend in during treatment.
The main benefit of getting clear braces is that they are easy to disguise. With the slightly smaller frame, clear braces are designed to blend in with your teeth for a more natural look.
However, it’s important to note that clear braces are more fragile than traditional metal braces. They can also discolor from things like juice or coffee between visits, so it’s important to be careful when choosing clear braces for treatment.
Clear aligners use a series of invisible aligners to help straighten your teeth. They are typically removable and are designed to fit comfortably on your teeth as they work to enhance your smile.
Clear aligners are a great option for patients who had braces when they were younger and just need a touch-up. They also work well for patients who have mild to moderate dental problems. While clear aligners are a great alternative to braces, there are a few things to note when using aligners to ensure the most effective treatment possible.
Clear aligners don’t require any metal, making them easy to apply and use during treatment. As you progress in the teeth-straightening process, the aligners will slowly shift your teeth into place. Each tray is made to slightly shift your teeth until they are perfectly aligned into a new and improved smile.
Pay Your Way
Getting braces as an adult can be cost-efficient in terms of both treatment and maintenance. All the expensive dentist visits that keep your smile in shape can be decreased with the benefits of braces. They also help prevent problems that could come up if misaligned teeth aren’t addressed.
Braces can help you fight cavities, reduce your risk of gum disease, avoid expensive dental procedures like tooth extractions, and leave no room for the chance of prosthetics in the future. Specific orthodontic issues like jaw misalignment can wear down your teeth, which can leave your teeth chipped, cracked, or even gone altogether, which can be costly for you in the long run.
Adult braces can help you avoid these pricey problems. On top of that, braces deal with these problems directly, so you don’t have to see specialists who will treat symptoms of problems rather than the source. All this helps you save time, money, and hassle by tackling the root of problems before they can arise. The result is a better long-term smile for a lower price.
Track Your Progress
No matter the age, the burning question on every patient’s mind is when they can get their braces off. Generally, the length of time a person wears braces varies on a number of factors. These factors include the severity of the problem. The more severe the issue, the longer it will take to correct it.
The patient’s age can vary the treatment time because young and still developing teeth are easier to manipulate and treat. The type of orthodontic treatment you choose will also be a determinant of how quickly results occur. The type of braces you choose will be a factor in how long the results take. Discuss with your orthodontist what treatment type is best for you. On average, most people wear braces for approximately 24 – 36 months.
Embrace Your New Smile
Choosing braces can have an impact on your sense of self-confidence. Everyone wants a smile they can be confident to wear. We spend money to have a professional wardrobe and should similarly not be afraid to spend some money to put our best smile forward. Consider the difference that improving your smile can make in how you see yourself. A greater sense of self-confidence often results in a greater understanding of general well-being. Even while wearing braces, knowing that you are trying to improve yourself will ease your mind. Remember, your braces are only temporary, but a beautiful smile can last a lifetime.
Get Your Best Smile At Bowen Family Orthodontics
At Bowen Family Orthodontics, you’ll love our friendly team of experts that are dedicated to making your smile. With the latest technology designed to improve your smile journey and an all-around great experience, we’ll work with you to get the smile of your dreams. If you or someone you know is considering orthodontic treatment, please give us a call. Our office in Mullica Hill, NJ, is open and ready to get you going on your smile journey!