These days, braces aren’t just for kids. In fact, the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) reports that one in four orthodontic patients are adults. And it’s not just for a beautiful smile—the choice to pursue orthodontic treatment options for adults may have just as much or more to do with health concerns.
Are you wondering if orthodontia is something you need but don’t know what to believe? Don’t worry. We’ve dispelled some common adult orthodontic myths so you can decide for yourself if it’s a treatment you want to pursue.
Separating Fact From Fiction: 6 Common Adult Orthodontic Myths
Myth #1: “I’m too old for orthodontics.”
Actually, you’re not. People in their 20s, 30s, 40s, and older are turning to orthodontics. As long as you have your permanent teeth and a healthy jaw and gums, anyone can get the treatment.
Myth #2: “Braces are used only to get a nice smile.”
That’s one good reason. But others are even more important. Braces also play a critical role in patient health—including how teeth feel and function. They may also be the solution when:
- You have trouble flossing and brushing crooked teeth
- You cut or bite your tongue, lips, or mouth
- Your teeth don’t close properly, such as overbites or underbites
- You have trouble pronouncing certain sounds
- Your teeth are wearing down from grinding or clenching
- You’re suffering from neck aches, jaw joint or chewing problems
- You snore or have sleep apnea
If you have any of these symptoms, talk to an orthodontist and see if orthodontics is a solution for you.
Myth #3: “I already had braces. They can’t do anything more for me now.”
Not so fast. There are several reasons why you could need braces again.
- Teeth continue to move throughout our lives and shift out of alignment, also creating holes where bacteria and plaque hide, causing gum disease
- If you neglected to wear your retainer after your braces came off, teeth could shift
- If you still have wisdom teeth, they might crowd and push other teeth out of alignment when they come in
Additionally, if you have some of Myth #2’s problems, you may need orthodontic treatment again.
Myth #4: “I don’t want to wear metal braces.”
Good news: It’s been a long time since they were the only treatment option. Today’s more discreet choices include:
- Custom-made clear aligners that fit over teeth
- Ceramic braces that use a color to match teeth
- Lingual braces that attach to the inside of the teeth and aren’t seen from the outside
You and your orthodontist can choose the best system for your treatment and cosmetic needs.
Myth #5: “It could take years.”
It’ll take an average of 22 months because adults have denser bones that take longer to move. But remember, less-noticeable braces won’t intrude as much on your lifestyle, and straighter teeth and better health are soon here.
Myth #6: “It’s expensive.”
Yes … and no. Fortunately, you can take advantage of dental insurance or installment plans to help handle costs. Additionally, you may also use tax-free money you’ve accumulated in a flexible savings account (FSA) or health savings account (HSA). And here at Newtown Dentistry, you can also save on dental care with our In-House Savings Plan for adults and children.
What Else Should You Know?
At Newtown Dentistry, Dr. Albert and Dr. Coby provide all the information about orthodontic treatment options for adults, so you can decide if braces are right for you.
Come visit our dental home, where the latest cutting-edge dental treatments are performed in comfortable surroundings. First, tell us about your unique situation and goals. Then we’ll examine your teeth and other oral tissues. Finally, we may take a panoramic X-ray to locate any hidden concerns under your gums, and we’ll also take photographs.
Afterward, we’ll discuss your treatment options.
If periodontal disease is found, it could prevent or hold up getting braces because it could lead to gum, ligament, and bone tissue damage, loose teeth or tooth and bone loss.
- You may need to take antibiotics, or undergo a deep cleaning procedure, flap surgery, or bone and tissue grafting to reverse the effects or stop disease progression.
What’s important to know is that whether you want to straighten your teeth or address another concern, adult orthodontics is here for you! It’s essential for your confidence, your health, and living your best life.
Are You Ready for Braces?
Now that we’ve debunked the most common orthodontic myths, come see Dr. Albert or Dr. Coby at Newtown Dentistry for top care and advice for adults getting braces. Schedule a consultation today. We look forward to seeing you soon!