3 Misconceptions Keeping You From Getting Adult Braces

If you have crooked teeth as an adult, you may have considered adult braces. The issue that may have kept you away may be one of the many misconception about adult braces. There are several misconceptions about braces after becoming an adult, aftercare from having braces, and other related topics. Here is more info on the three of the top misconceptions that you may have and the truth about them.

Options for Adult Braces

One of the main misconceptions about adult braces is that there is only one option available. This option is usually believed to be the traditional metal braces that you are accustomed to seeing. The truth is, there are several options that adults can use to help combat crooked teeth. There are clear braces that look the same as their metal counterparts and work the same as well. If you want to avoid traditional braces, you can go with an option that works with plastic tray like aligners that fit both your top and bottom teeth.

Treatment Time

You may be concerned about how long it will take for the braces to work. There is a misconception that you have to wear braces for several years to see the results you want. The truth is, depending on several factors, the length of time will vary. For example, your teeth may not be as crooked as you perceive them to be. This could mean a much shorter treatment time than someone with severely crooked teeth. You may also find that certain options will take less time for you than others.

Age Limitations

One of the reasons that many adults stay away from braces is because they believe there are age limitations. The truth is there are no limitations based on age as to who can and can't have braces. You will likely need a consultation to discuss your current oral health and options. If you have other oral issues, such as tooth decay or gum line issues, then you may not be a good candidate for braces. However, your age alone will not be the basis for a refusal or candidacy for adult braces. 

If you think that adult braces may be the ideal option for your teeth, contact your dentist for a consultation. They can also tell you which options may be best for your needs and if there are other options you should consider for your current oral health. In addition, they can give you pricing and care plan options based on your current needs.