Adult Braces: Pros and Cons

Adult braces can be a daunting thought for those considering treatment–the social shame and the treatment itself can be such a hassle. But don’t let that stop you from beginning your journey to the perfect smile.

Orthodontics is a branch of dentistry that specializes in diagnosing, preventing, and treating dental and facial irregularities. Through the use of braces and other technologies, alignment problems can be alleviated. There are many benefits to orthodontic treatment including improved confidence and oral health.

With all the benefits of braces and other treatments, there are still many barriers to adults getting treatment. We’ll discuss the reality of adult braces in this article so you can decide if you are a good candidate. Keep reading!

The Social Stigma of Adult Braces

As an adult or even a teenager in your later years, you are probably familiar with the social stigma of adult braces. Often seen as a symbol of youth, getting braces as an adult can be challenging. Not only do you have to put up with the discomfort of correcting an alignment issue, but you also have to deal with peer and self-judgment.

That’s why it’s essential to understand that not only are braces incredibly beneficial for your health and your confidence, but adult braces make up nearly a third of all in North America. And with recent technological innovations, you have more options to choose from. Whether you’re seeking reduced visibility or reduced treatment time, there are options for adults seeking to correct alignment issues.

Why Orthodontic Treatment is Worth it

There are many benefits to getting orthodontic treatment as an adult. These can be split into personal health and an improved self-image. Confidence speaks volumes about your character– and having an improved smile will give you more confidence!

After your treatment period, you will have a brand new smile that projects powerful qualities. Don’t underestimate the value of a well-timed and beautiful smile in situations like an interview or a date! One of the first things people notice when they meet a new person is their smile. Your teeth communicate a lot about you without ever having to speak! That’s why having straighter teeth allows you to project confidence and other positive character traits.

If you’re looking for another way to enhance your smile, consider another cosmetic treatment: laser whitening. Our blog has all the information you’ll need.

But for now, keep reading!

The Medical Benefits of Orthodontics

Appearances aside, orthodontic treatment is not just for cosmetic purposes. Braces can actually improve your oral health. Straighter teeth are easier to clean and get less debris stuck between them. This means that after your treatment, you will have a reduced risk for cavities and gum disease.

Additionally, aligned jaws can produce a variety of positive effects. From improved speech to improved sleep, there are many ways that alignment correction can change your life.

If you’re ready to discuss your next step in getting adult braces, don’t hesitate to call us at 416 534 6000.

What to Expect From Adult Braces

Unlike children, whose gums are more malleable with a quicker healing period, adults can expect a longer treatment and recovery time. However, this difference aside, the treatment and recovery process is nearly identical. So don’t allow a minor increase in treatment and recovery time hold you back! Correcting alignment issues can lead to a whole new world of opportunities.

How to Get Adult Braces

If you’re considering getting orthodontic treatment as an adult, the process is the same as if you were a child, The first step is to schedule a consultation with an orthodontist. During this consultation, the orthodontist will examine your mouth, jaw, and teeth. They’ll discuss your medical history and any concerns you may have. In the next step, a treatment plan is created that is individually tailored to your needs.

If you’re ready to start building your treatment, don’t hesitate to contact us. We’re here to answer all your questions and make the process as comfortable as possible.

After the treatment plan’s creation, it’s about commitment to the process. Although the treatment duration and recovery period will be longer as an adult, it’s still manageable. And with today’s technologies, there are increasingly more options for discrete treatments.

We’ll take a look at those in the next section.

Treatment Options

Now that we understand the importance and value of adult braces, let’s look at several treatments available. Orthodontics has come a long way in recent decades. And as such, there are options for those seeking greater comfort and discretion.

  • Fixed Braces: These braces can’t be removed. They are the traditional set, which is made of brackets and wires that are glued and screwed into position, then tightened over time.
  • Removable Braces: Alson known as clear aligners, this new technology allows for greater comfort and discretion. You might recognize these as Invisalign, which we proudly offer at Portrait Dental. Functioning like a retainer, the trays cover your teeth and can be removed for eating or whenever necessary.
  • Functional Appliances: This treatment involves a pair of removable plastic braces that are joined together or designed to fit on both sets of your teeth.
  • Headgear: This orthodontic appliance can be used with other devices, and it is usually worn at night.

As you can see, there are a number of treatment options. And each of these treatments can be further customized to suit your individual needs. It’s important to understand that despite the barriers to getting braces as an adult, our team here at Portrait Dental is here to support you throughout the entire process.

Book Your Orthodontics Appointment With Portrait Dental

There are many benefits to adult braces, despite the stigma and despite the difficulties with treatment. Not only will you have improved confidence and self-esteem, you’ll also see several medical benefits. So enhance your smile and get the orthodontic treatment you need and deserve today.

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