Are you considering orthodontic treatment as an adult? No matter how old you are, you deserve to feel confident in your smile! Here are our answers to some frequently asked questions about adult braces that we hope will help prepare you for your journey, no matter what your age may be.
How many orthodontic patients are adults?
According to our own renowned orthodontist in Alpharetta, Georgia Dr. Nima Hajibak, “Many used to think that braces were only for teens, almost a rite of passage, but that isn’t always true anymore, as more adults are realizing the benefits braces can provide. In fact, adults make up nearly half of all orthodontic patients today.” Some adults are self conscious about getting braces later in life because they do not want to be the only ones with braces in the workplace or the dating pool, but adult braces are becoming more and more common as orthodontics advance and more options are available.
Why the wait?
A lot of people end up waiting until adulthood to get braces for financial reasons. Once you have access to a health insurance plan that will help you pay for orthodontic treatment, or advance to a place in your career where you are financially stable enough to fund your braces, it becomes much more possible to research your options and start your treatment.
Another reason that many patients end up waiting until adulthood to get braces is for corrective purposes. Unfortunately, some patients experience ineffective orthodontic treatment in their youth that requires another round of orthodontic care in adulthood. Even if your first orthodontic treatment was successful, if you do not keep up with your retainers your teeth can move back to their original places as you grow and require another phase of braces in adulthood.
Are discreet options available?
Braces are becoming more and more popular among adults, and this is partially due to more discreet and personalized options available in orthodontics today. While more traditional metal braces are still available and effective, patients can now also explore options like clear or ceramic braces, which are less noticeable on the teeth. Some orthodontic issues can also be fixed with Invisalign, a series of clear retainer-like trays that are removable for meal times and very discreet in appearance. These options help you maintain your confidence in professional and social environments as an adult throughout your treatment time.
You’re never too old to fall in love with your smile! If you’re ready to learn more about your orthodontic options as an adult, schedule a consultation with our office today!