When most people think of braces, they picture a teenager with a mouth full of metal. While it’s true that a number of our orthodontic patients are teens in traditional metal braces, treatment can benefit patients of all ages. Not only that, but braces have come such a long way that you can choose a look for any lifestyle. There’s never a bad time to start improving your smile, no matter your age! In fact, more adults than ever before are starting to explore orthodontics in order to achieve a straighter smile. About 1 in every 5 current orthodontic patients is over the age of 18. If you’ve been considering orthodontic treatment but still have reservations, keep reading as we’re debunking common myths about adult braces. You’ll have no doubt as to why they continue to be the most popular orthodontic treatment year after year!
The number of adults seeking orthodontic treatment is growing every day, so if you’ve spent years feeling self-conscious about how your smile looks, now is the perfect time to take a look at how the doctors and team at Foothill Orthodontics can help! We’re proud to offer a variety of treatment options to correct a wide range of orthodontic issues, including traditional braces. Although today’s braces are more comfortable, efficient, and affordable than ever, many patients are still unsure if they’re the right fit for them. This is often because of preconceived notions, or myths, they may have heard about braces.
Myth #1: Braces are just for kids
This couldn’t be farther from the truth! You’re never too old to take advantage of the many benefits orthodontics has to offer. As we get older, we often begin to understand the many ways our oral health is related to our total body health. This can lead to a desire to take better care of our teeth and gums, which may include seeking dental care or orthodontic treatment.
Many adults have crooked teeth, overbites, underbites, incorrect jaw positioning, or other issues that they’ve waited years to correct. Others would just like to improve their smile cosmetically. Whatever your reason for seeking treatment as an adult, braces can give you a straighter, more confident smile!
Myth #2: Braces will make be make you even more self-conscious about your smile
If you’re already feeling insecure about your teeth, the last thing you want is to make them the center of attention! Many people think that’s exactly what will happen when they get braces, but thanks to modern technology, there are multiple treatment options available to adult patients. For a complete smile makeover, Foothill Orthodontics offers the following options:
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. You can also customize your braces with fun colored elastics if you want to show off a little personality with your smile! Traditional metal braces deliver excellent results, and are especially useful in cases that are more severe or complicated.
Also known as ceramic or tooth-colored braces, these function the same way metal braces do. However, they provide patients with the added benefit of semi-translucent or tooth-colored ceramic brackets. Either option will discreetly blend in 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.
Invisalign clear aligner therapy
The Invisalign clear aligner system consists of a series of removable plastic trays that fit over the teeth and gently move them into the desired positions over time. These customized aligners are replaced with the next in the series every 1-2 weeks to keep up with the movement of your teeth. Invisalign gives patients a bit more freedom and flexibility than 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.
Myth #3: Braces will be painful
Thanks to the advances in today’s technology, modern orthodontic treatment is able to move the teeth far more gently and effectively than in the past. Braces in general are more comfortable than they’ve ever been, and although you may occasionally experience a little discomfort as outlined below, these minor issues can be taken care of with preparation and a little know-how.
General mouth irritation
Non-specific irritation in your cheeks, lips, or gums isn’t uncommon over the course of your treatment. Orthodontic wax is the best way to get some relief! Dry the bracket or wire completely, then pinch off a small amount of wax and roll it into a ball. Flatten this ball and then gently but firmly place it over the source of irritation.
Occasionally, a wire may come loose and irritate the inside of your mouth. You can fix this by taking the eraser end of a pencil and using it to flatten the wire back against the teeth. You can also place a piece of orthodontic wax over the wire to reduce irritation and provide extra stability.
If you find you have a loose bracket, let us know right away! This way, we can work together to determine the best course of action to correct the issue. Until you can get into the office for an appointment, you may try sliding the bracket along the wire back to the center of your tooth. Then, place a small amount of orthodontic wax over the bracket for added stability.
Tenderness in your mouth or gums
It’s common to have some slight tenderness immediately after getting your braces put on or following adjustment appointments. We recommend using a saltwater rinse to help remedy this problem at home. To relieve the soreness, simply mix one teaspoon of salt with 8 ounces of warm water, then swish it around in your mouth for about 30 seconds.
A warm washcloth or heating pad placed against the outside of your jaw can also help to relieve any soreness and discomfort. You can also use over-the-counter pain relievers, just be sure to check with Dr. Chandler or Dr. Anderson first!
Myth #4: Braces are too expensive
We know orthodontic treatment is a big commitment of your time and finances. That’s why we go over every single cost before we get started with your treatment. Here at Foothill Orthodontics, you’ll never have to worry about any hidden fees. During your free consultation, we’ll outline everything included in your treatment plan, such as:
- all appointments, including emergency visits
- braces or aligners
- post-treatment follow-up visits
Our treatment fees reflect our skillful technique, the quality of the technology we use, and the world-class service we provide to all our patients. We appreciate what a big investment treatment can be, and our office will work with you to find a payment option to fit your family’s budget! We offer no interest, in-office financing, and also accept cash, check, credit cards, debit cards, and automatic monthly payment options. If you have dental insurance that covers orthodontics, we’re happy to verify your orthodontic benefits and process your insurance forms for you.
Get the beautiful smile you’ve always wanted with braces by Foothill Orthodontics
Regardless of your age, braces can be an excellent option for straightening your teeth and improving your oral health. By choosing an experienced orthodontist like Dr. Chandler or Dr. Anderson you can be sure that you’re receiving the highest quality treatment for your smile! Our skilled team will provide you with a positive orthodontic experience that’s fun and stress-free, from start to finish. If you’re ready to take the first step in your smile in your smile transformation, contact us today to schedule your FREE consultation.