We’re used to thinking about braces as a memory from high school: we recollect classmates with that reluctant embarrassed look and a mouth full of wires and rubber bands. Today, luckily, those antiquated notions of braces and age are fading away. Yes, braces are prevalent in teenagers. But it’s fairly common, now, for adults to have braces as well.
Braces can interest adults because, in essence, your teeth aren’t stationary. As you get older, they can move and change. Because they’re not secure with how their teeth look, many adults are looking at braces. Certainly, there are a constellation of reasons why, even if you used to have perfect teeth, braces could still be a smart option for you as an adult.
A good Smile is Only The Beginning
Straightening your teeth is the leading reason to get braces. This is often an aesthetic discussion; a more perfect smile creates beauty on its own terms. But straightening your teeth has advantages that go far beyond aesthetic enhancements. Braces may, for instance:
- Help delay tooth deterioration. It can be very hard to counter the erosion that’s caused by teeth grinding against each other because of misalignment.
- Make those areas between your teeth easier to reach and clean. Your chance of having inflammation or even gum disease will be reduced in this way.
- Manage discomfort. Teeth that aren’t properly aligned can at times be painful because they will jab into your gums. Braces can reduce or relieve that pain.
Of course, straighter teeth will also improve how your smile looks. Yet another benefit for adults who are considering investing in braces is the extra oral hygiene.
Braces Are a Lot More Subtle Than You Remember
Because they have historically been driven by function over form, braces haven’t always had a reputation for beauty. But braces have become more efficient and smaller over the last couple of years. As an adult, depending on how badly misaligned the teeth are, you may even be able to use so-called “invisible” aligners.
Whatever alternative works best for you, newer braces will be much less noticeable than older ones. Chances are you know someone who has braces, and you never noticed. That means that there are much less potent social disadvantages to braces. With little in the way of social stigma, braces for adults become a great deal more feasible and more appealing, specifically when the results pay off over time.
Your Bank Account Can Take it
Naturally, everybody has a different monetary situation. But braces are typically more practical when you become an adult and a couple of things happen. First, the expenses associated with braces could come down, usually because your dental insurance gets better or because you can arrange for payment plans.
Second, your own paycheck is probably higher than it was when you were in your teens. This could actually be the first time in your life you can afford braces. And that can make it easier to see the value and make the investment in a better smile.
Two Years Isn’t That Long
For the best results, you’ll likely need to have braces between 18 and 24 months. When you’re in your teens, two years feels like forever. And, honestly, at that age twenty-four months is a significant part of the life you’ve lived so far. But those two years can be put into context in a much more manageable way when you’re in your late twenties, thirties or even pushing 50.
In other words, you’ll have braces for a couple of years, but those two years will go by very quickly. And when your braces come off, you’ll experience many years of straight teeth, stunning smiles, and healthy oral hygiene. It doesn’t feel like 18-24 months is very long with that kind of payoff. When you’re an adult this is particularly true.
You’re Not The Only One
Not every adult will decide that braces are the right choice for them. But it’s reassuring to know that, should you decide to go ahead and consult your orthodontist about braces, you won’t be alone. Over 1 million adults in the U . S . alone currently have braces in order to bring their teeth into better alignment.
As adults with braces become more prevalent, so too do adults with stunning, bright smiles.