Adult braces are more common today than ever before. Why are over 1 million adults in the United States wearing braces? Because they’ve learned that by straightening their teeth and realigning their bite, they can also drastically reduce their headaches, ear aches, jaw pain, gum recession, gum disease, tooth erosion, and more. If you’re ready to have a beautiful smile by getting adult braces, here’s what to expect.
Types of Braces
Braces have come a long way over the years. New materials and technological advancements have made braces both smaller and less noticeable. These are the most common types:
- Metal braces are what most people imagine when they think of braces. They’re still a very popular choice because they’re the lowest priced option and the fastest at straightening your teeth.
- Ceramic braces are made of either clear or white material that is much less obvious than traditional metal braces. Some ceramic braces even use tooth-colored archwires, making them nearly unnoticeable.
- Lingual braces are unique because the brackets and archwires are applied to the back of the teeth, making them virtually invisible. Because of the location, they can be hard to maintain and are expensive.
- “Invisible” braces are clear plastic aligners that resemble a mouth guard. Your orthodontist will make multiple mouthpieces that you change every couple of weeks. They are a popular choice for adult braces as they are discreet and allow adults to brush, floss, and eat normally. The biggest downsides, though, are that they are the slowest option and can be expensive.
How Long Does Adult Braces Treatment Take?
The average length of time an adult needs braces ranges from one to three years. To get the most accurate estimate, consult with your orthodontist. Your orthodontist will give you a timeline during your initial consultation and may adjust it as needed during follow up appointments. The most important thing to do, however, is be patient. Years after your braces have been removed you won’t remember exactly how long the treatment took. But you’ll always remember how great your new smile looks.
How Much Do Adult Braces Cost?
The cost of braces varies significantly depending on the type of braces you get and the problems you’re trying to correct. On average, you can expect costs ranging from $4,000 to $8,000. Check with your dental insurance provider as many of these costs may be covered. If your insurance provider doesn’t cover adults over the age of 18, check with your orthodontist’s office as they may offer a dental discount plan.
Brushing and Flossing With Adult Braces
Brushing and flossing is a different experience when you have braces. Your dentist will show you how to work around your brackets and will recommend special cleaners called interdental brushes. They look like tiny pipe cleaners and are the perfect size to fit in between brackets and wires to clean your teeth and dislodge any trapped food. Using antiseptic mouthwash is also a very good practice because it can get into places your toothbrush cannot.
Straight Teeth Are Worth It
Regardless of your age, braces are worth it. While adult braces may feel somewhat daunting now, you’ll cherish the results when your perfect teeth smile back at you in the mirror. If you desire a perfect smile, contact us at Braces Braces today to schedule an appointment. Your straight teeth are only a phone call away.