Common Misconceptions About Adult Braces
Think you missed your window to get a beautiful smile? Think again! Leaving misaligned teeth untreated can lead to many dental problems down the road, like tooth decay, gum disease, and pain while chewing. While people typically get braces when they are in their teen years, it’s never too late. In fact, according to the American Association of Orthodontists, roughly one in four orthodontic patients is an adult. Even though it is very common, there are still many misconceptions about adult braces and aligners.
It’s Less Effective When You’re Older
While there are advantages to undergoing treatment while the jaw is still developing, it’s never too late to fix misalignment issues. Modern technology allows for treatments that can address issues such as crowded teeth, gaps, overbites, and more in patients of almost any age!
A huge reason treatment may actually be more effective when you’re older, is the patient’s attention to instructions. Adult patients tend to be more responsible and invested in their own treatment, so they follow instructions. Wearing aligners, post-treatment retainers, or adding rubber bands are essential steps to effective treatment that younger patients may not value.
It Takes Years
The average time you spend wearing braces depends on the type you pick and how severe your alignment issues are. Thanks to advances in the field, new techniques and technologies allow orthodontists to straighten teeth more quickly than in the past. While you typically will still spend at least a year undergoing treatment, we offer several efficient treatment options like SPEED braces.
It’s Visually Unappealing
Modern braces are smaller and more streamlined than they once were, but traditional braces are no longer the only option! Ceramic braces are made from a composite material that is the color of your teeth, so it blends in with your smile. We also offer the Incognito™ hidden lingual braces that attach to the backside of the teeth for very limited visibility. Clear aligners are a great option that are virtually invisible and fit your busy lifestyle.
Treatment options like clear aligners and self-litigating braces greatly reduce the required amount of appointments. We have three convenient locations in Clermont, Windermere, and Mount Dora so you can visit the office closest to your home. Our friendly staff is committed to making your orthodontic treatment an easy experience.
It’s Purely Cosmetic
The older you get, the more wear and tear your teeth go through. Straightened teeth improve dental health and longevity at any age. With aligned teeth, you’re less likely to get food stuck between your teeth. This will reduce the risk of tooth decay and gum disease, which can lead to a host of other issues. Other benefits include helping you breathe and chew properly, making protruding teeth less susceptible to injury, and alleviating TMJ pain.
We know you need the best possible price for orthodontic care. We offer affordable pricing on every option from traditional braces to clear aligners. All of our offices offer preferred employer discounts and accept most types of insurance coverage. We also offer an interest-free no down payment option through Lending Club. Plus, your initial appointment is free and includes an exam, x-rays, and a consultation on treatment options.
We hope we’ve dispelled any doubts about getting adult braces. Ogden Orthodontics provides several options to improve your comfort, decrease the frequency of visits, and reduce treatment time. Visit us for your free initial consultation to get started on your new smile today.