You may have been told that braces were only for kids, but this is a myth. Braces can be used to correct many different types of dental issues in adults as well as adolescents. In fact, you might not know it, but about one-third of orthodontic patients are adults (per the American Association of Orthodontists). Here are four debunked myths about braces for adults.
Myth #1: Braces are Just for Kids
Braces have been used to correct dental issues in adults since they first came on the market. They can be used to treat many different kinds of adult orthodontic problems, including overbite, underbite, crossbite, overcrowding, spacing, and even protrusion. You are probably a good candidate for braces if you have crooked, crowded, or misaligned teeth.
Myth #2: Braces Are Extremely Expensive
The cost of braces can vary greatly, depending on a patient’s specific problems. People often believe that the only affordable option is a fixed-appliance to pull teeth straight. However, there are many choices for braces, from simple metal brackets to ceramic and even clear aligners.
Some orthodontists even offer payment plans to help you spread out the cost of braces into more manageable installments. Discuss your financial situation with your orthodontist during your initial consultation.
Myth #3: Braces are Painful
Depending on your dental issues, you might have some pain during initial treatment. But, once your teeth start moving and shifting into place, any discomfort will abate as you get used to them. If you do experience any pain, your orthodontist can prescribe medication to help. You might also have some tooth sensitivity or soreness from rubber bands and brackets, but this is only temporary.
Myth #4: Getting Braces Will Ruin My Smile
Many patients fear that braces will ruin their smile, but this is a complete misconception. There are several ways to minimize the appearance of braces, from tooth-colored brackets and wires to clear aligners that blend in with your teeth. If your teeth are spaced, you might even consider using braces to close the spaces. Talk with your orthodontist about all the possibilities during your initial consultation appointment.
If you have been putting off getting braces because you think they are only for kids or that they cost too much, stop worrying and start moving forward. Braces can be a life-changing experience for adults who need them. For more information about braces and to find out if you might benefit from them, contact the friendly team at Today’s Orthodontics.