Debunking Common Myths About Braces For Adults

Most people think about teens, then they think about orthodontics. This stereotype is persistent even though it’s not necessarily accurate. What you may not realize is that orthodontic treatment knows no age limit. More adults than ever are turning to orthodontics straighten their teeth and improve their oral health and confidence. In fact, about 1 in every 5 current orthodontic patients is over the age of 18. That number continues to grow each day. Join us in debunking common myths about braces for adults. 

If you’ve spent years of your adult life feeling unhappy with the way your teeth look or function, this is the perfect time to take a look at how Hidden Smiles Orthodontics can help! We offer a wide range of effective treatment options when it comes to treating mild and severe orthodontic issues. Traditional braces are more comfortable than ever, but some patients still find themselves on the fence about them. 

We offer a variety of innovative treatment options to correct orthodontic issues from mild If you find yourself reluctant to consider braces to achieve a healthier smile, it’s probably because of what you think you know about them. 

Myth #1: Braces are just for children and teens

One of the most common myths about braces for adults is that braces are designed only for children and teens. While many of our patients are kids and teens, that doesn’t mean they’re the only ones who can benefit from the treatment. Most people don’t understand the connections between oral health and overall health when they’re young but have a better understanding when they’re older. This can prompt efforts to take better care of teeth and gums, whether at home or through specialized dental care. 

If you have crooked teeth, an overbite, underbite, incorrect jaw positioning, or other issues and have been waiting to correct it for years, or if you’ve simply wanted a better-looking smile, braces can improve your health and confidence. 

Myth #2: Braces will make you stand out 

If you’re self-conscious about how your teeth look, this is another myth that might prevent you from seeking braces treatment. The last thing you want to do is draw more attention to your mouth, which may seem exactly what will happen if you get braces. Thanks to modern orthodontic technology, there are lots of treatments available to adult patients! Dr. Parikh offers the following options for a complete smile makeover:

Invisalign clear aligners

The Invisalign clear aligner system is made up of a series of removable plastic trays that fit over the teeth and gently move them where they need to go overtime. These customized aligners are replaced with the next in the series every 1-2 weeks to keep up with the movement of your teeth. These systems offer patients a bit of freedom and flexibility not available with fixed braces since the aligners can be removed when eating or drinking. It also makes maintaining an oral hygiene routine much simpler since patients brush and floss as they normally would.  

Traditional metal braces

Metal braces are one of our most popular and efficient treatments. Generally made of high-quality stainless steel, modern metal braces are much more comfortable and lighter than they used to be. They’re also customizable, with lots of fun colored bands to choose from if you want to show off a little personality with your smile! These braces deliver excellent results and are especially useful in cases that are more severe or complicated.

Lingual braces 

Lingual braces are a great cosmetic alternative to traditional braces for straightening your teeth. Instead of being placed on the front of your teeth, they’re placed behind. Lingual braces are the only 100% customized fixed appliance system for teens and adults for invisible orthodontic treatment.

Clear braces

Also known as ceramic or tooth-colored braces, these function the same way metal braces do. However, they provide patients with the additional benefit of semi-translucent or tooth-colored ceramic brackets. Both options blend in well with your natural smile. The brackets are about the same size and shape as metal braces, but much less noticeable. When we pair them with clear, white, or tooth-colored wires and elastic ties, they are an incredibly subtle way to straighten your smile. This makes them an especially attractive choice for our adult patients. 

common myths about braces for adults

Myth #3: Braces are painful 

Modern orthodontic treatment moves your teeth far more gently and effectively than it has in the past, and braces, in general, are more comfortable than they’ve ever been. That doesn’t mean you’ll never feel any discomfort, but it will be short-lived and easy to remedy. 

If you have some slight tenderness after your braces are put on, a saltwater rinse is a good option. Mix one teaspoon of salt in 8 ounces of warm water, then swish it around your mouth for about 30 seconds. A warm washcloth or a warm heating pad placed on the outside of your jaw can also offer you some relief. Over-the-counter pain relievers are another useful remedy, just be sure to check in with our doctors first! 

Myth #4: Braces are too expensive 

Orthodontic treatment of any kind is certainly an investment of your time and finances. However, the benefits will last a lifetime! There are no hidden costs or unwelcome surprises here at Hidden Smiles Orthodontics. During your consultation, we’ll outline everything included in your treatment plan. These individualized plans contain everything needed for beautiful, long-lasting results, such as:

  • all appointments, including emergency visits
  • braces or aligners
  • Retainers
  • post-treatment follow-up visits
  • and an oral hygiene starter pack, too!

Our treatment fees are based on our expert team’s skill, the quality of the products we use, and the world-class service we provide. We appreciate what a significant investment treatment can be. We’ll work with your budget to make sure you get a confident smile you love! We offer convenient payment plans, and we also accept most major credit cards and insurance plans. We’ll even file your insurance claims for you!

common myths about braces for adults

Get a beautiful smile with braces by Hidden Smiles Orthodontics

Despite persistent common myths, braces for adults can be a fantastic option for straightening your teeth and improving your oral health, no matter your age. Choosing an experienced orthodontist like Dr. Parikh will guarantee you only get the best treatment for your smile and lifestyle. Our expert team provides patients with an orthodontic experience that’s rewarding and stress-free from your first appointment to your last! 

Don’t let any common myths about braces keep you from a beautiful, healthy smile. If you’re ready to take the first step towards the smile you’ve always wanted, get in touch with us today to schedule your FREE consultation. 

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