Remember those middle school years where it seemed like everyone had braces? We associate braces with teenagers yet hardly with adults.
Braces are no longer for kids! More than 1.5 million adults in the U.S. and Canada have braces.
An increasing number of adults are turning to different types of braces to solve cosmetic issues like crooked teeth or larger issues like a crooked bite.
If you think you might need braces to fix a tooth or jaw issue, you should consult with an orthodontist. These are some questions you should ask yourself and your orthodontist to help find the best type of braces for you and your lifestyle.
What Kind of Corrections Need to Be Made?
Have you always had a few crooked teeth and think now’s the time to get them fixed? Or maybe you have an exaggerated bite that’s causing you a bit of discomfort.
For small, cosmetic fixes, braces like Invisalign are a go-to option for many adults. They’re clear, easy-to-use, and have a minimal impact on your day-to-day life.
For larger issues related to your bite and jaw, you’ll likely need traditional braces which slowly correct the problem over a couple of years.
Consulting with an orthodontist is the best way to determine the type of braces you need for your problem.
Can You Live Without Chewing Gum?
Braces come with some food restrictions. With traditional and ceramic braces, your orthodontist will advise you to avoid foods that can cause damage to the wires or get stuck in the braces. These are foods like gum, sticky and hard candy, popcorn, ice, and nuts.
If you can’t live without chewing your gum or ice, opt for removable braces which you take out at mealtime.
Do You Have a Client-Facing or Highly-Public Role at Your Company?
Many adults forgo having braces even when they have serious dental discomfort because they are in highly public roles for their company. Having braces can cause adults to feel highly self-conscious and diminish your confidence which can get in the way of putting your best foot forward for your job.
How Long Will You Need Braces?
Your treatment time is fully dependent on your dental situation and how quickly your teeth and/or jaw correct with the help of braces.
A small cosmetic correction might only take a few months. Adding space between teeth or correcting a bite might take upwards of a year and a half.
On average, an adult usually needs to wear braces for about 18 months.
What’s Your Budget?
Most insurance companies don’t cover orthodontal procedures and treatments like braces for individuals over the age of 18. You’ll likely need to pay for everything out of pocket.
Traditional braces are the cheapest option for braces while Invisalign will be a more expensive option. Braces can cost between $3,000 and $7,000 depending on the type of braces you go for.
The Best Type of Braces for You
Deciding to get braces is a highly personal choice. That’s why it’s important to find the best type of braces to match your lifestyle while solving your dental problem in the best way.
To learn more about the best braces for you, schedule an appointment with Pacific Beach Smile Studio today.