Why Braces are Worth it – Even for Adults

Getting braces, as an adult, almost seems like an unlikely proposition in today’s vain society. However, if you’re sincerely unhappy with your teeth, what better way to boost your self-confidence than to fix your smile.

Ignoring the obvious aesthetic benefits of straightening out crooked teeth, wearing braces if they’re needed can nullify potential dental problems as you age, such as unaligned bite and incorrect jaw positioning.

Keep those pearly whites healthy

We have already spoken about how the most obvious reason to get braces as an adult is for vanity reasons, but the oral health benefits massively overshoot any aesthetic reasons.

Bodies change over time; you shouldn’t feel embarrassed or hesitant just because you need braces at a later age. Perhaps it wasn’t possible for you to get them in your teen years, or it could be that it was only when you started getting older, did you find that you were noticing problems.

Whatever your reasoning, here’s a list of just some of the health benefits that getting braces as an adult can prevent:

  • Problems later on in life with biting, chewing and speaking
  • Earaches and headaches
  • Jaw pain and gum erosion
  • Difficulties in cleaning teeth sufficiently
  • Gum and teeth erosion

These are all serious risks and certainly nothing that you’d wish upon yourself. The thought of a potentially awkward, embarrassing and slightly uncomfortable year of dental work seems like a pretty good price to pay for straight teeth and perfect oral health.

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What are my options?

You’ve decided that you want to have braces but still aren’t too keen on becoming the office’s brace-face. That isn’t a problem, as orthodontic technology has improved considerably over the last decade, with many different options being available.

Metal braces
These are likely the style most people think of when they think of braces. The principal is the same, but metal braces these days are a lot smaller than they used to be. They’re also a lot more comfortable due to the wires being a lot less rigid. Metal braces are also the cheapest option.

Ceramic braces
Very similar to metal braces, in almost every way. The main benefit of the ceramic is that the brackets are either clear or tooth colored. This will enable them to be a lot more subtle than their metal counterpart, although there is a higher chance of them breaking.

Lingual braces
These are the type of braces you wished existed when you were a kid. Lingual braces are essentially metal braces but installed to the back of your teeth. Nobody will be none the wiser that you have braces installed. However, these are a lot harder to maintain and aren’t effective for severely crooked teeth.

What can I expect?

Adult braces are worn for any amount of time between 12 and 20 months. Your teeth as an adult won’t be so eager to move, as they would have been during your teenage years. Your first week will be a bit troublesome, as you may find it difficult to eat and talk, as well as having mild discomfort. This is, of course, to be expected.

During this time, just think about all the compliments you’ll be receiving once you have regimented rows of straight teeth, as well as all the excellent oral health benefits in your later years, and the months will fly by.


Abigail Morrison