Have you been told that you’d benefit from orthodontics, but you’re well out of those awkward teen years? It’s a lot more common than you think. There are many reasons adults need orthodontics, but didn’t get them as teens. Maybe you didn’t see an orthodontist (or didn’t see the right one!), maybe braces weren’t affordable for your family at the time, or maybe your teeth have continued to shift throughout adulthood and it’s not until now that you’re facing the big brace conundrum.

Getting Braces as an Adult

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Should you get braces … or will it look strange as an adult? Even after those challenging high school years, everybody worries about how they look and what other people might say. Many adults are still a little traumatized by the idea of having “brace face,” but orthodontics have come a long way. Today, braces are much less intrusive and bands come in a variety of fun colors you can swap out every few weeks. You might be a good candidate for Invisalign, which is a series of clear retainers in lieu of braces and are nearly invisible!

The Benefits of Braces

Any time braces are recommended to you, it’s a good idea to get second, third and even fourth opinions from reputable orthodontists. Braces don’t just give you a better, straighter smile (they do that too, of course!), but they can also help with bite alignment making it easier to eat and speak. Braces correct the spacing between teeth and where your teeth are located, which can help stop plaque, bacteria and food buildup while making it easier to floss and brush.

Average Time Required to Wear Braces: Around 1.5 – 2 Years

How long you’ll need braces and the final cost can only be determined after a meeting with your orthodontist. However, many insurance plans help cover the cost of braces and the average time of wearing braces is between 18 and 24 months. Schedule a consultation with your orthodontist today and find out more about the benefits and timeline for you.