Adult Braces: What You Need to Know

Think braces are just for teenagers? Think again. Many adults are choosing to invest in their smiles and oral health by opting for braces. Davis Family Orthodontics has witnessed firsthand the burgeoning demand for adult braces and understands this demographic’s unique considerations and concerns. Let’s unravel the enigma of adult orthodontics, clarifying the what, why, and how for those contemplating this transformative journey.

Unmasking the Myth: Age is Not a Barrier

There’s a prevailing misconception that braces and orthodontic treatments are reserved for adolescent life. The reality? Teeth can move and be realigned at almost any age, given that the gums and bone structure are healthy. So, regardless of whether you’re in your 20s, 40s, or even 60s, orthodontic treatments remain a viable option.

Reasons Adults Embark on the Braces Voyage

The motives pushing adults towards braces are varied and often deeper than mere cosmetic reasons:

1. Aesthetics: Many adults look to enhance their smile and boost their confidence. A straight, radiant smile can be a game-changer in both personal and professional arenas.

2. Health Considerations: Crowded or overlapping teeth can be challenging to clean effectively, leading to a higher risk of gum disease and cavities. Additionally, misaligned bites can cause uneven wear on teeth, jaw pain, and other TMJ disorders.

3. Unresolved Adolescent Orthodontic Issues: Some adults had braces during their teenage years but experienced a relapse due to not wearing retainers or other reasons.

Adult Braces: Choices Galore

Davis Family Orthodontics prides itself on offering a diversified range of orthodontic solutions tailored to the nuanced needs of adults:

Traditional Metal Braces: While they’re often associated with teenagers, advancements have rendered them sleeker and more comfortable than their predecessors.

Ceramic Braces: These are like traditional braces but with clear or tooth-colored brackets, making them less noticeable.

Lingual Braces: Attached to the inside (or lingual side) of your teeth, these braces are entirely hidden from view.

Clear Aligners: Think Invisalign. These transparent, removable aligners are immensely popular among adults due to their discretion and flexibility.

Key Considerations for Adults Seeking Braces

Treatment Duration: While the exact timeline varies, most adults can expect to wear braces for 18 months to three years. It’s worth noting that adult orthodontic treatments might take slightly longer than those for teenagers, given the mature nature of adult bones.

Cost Implications: Orthodontic treatments represent a significant investment. However, many practices, including Davis Family Orthodontics, offer flexible payment plans, ensuring finances don’t hinder achieving that dream smile.

Oral Health Prerequisites: A stellar oral health foundation is crucial before embarking on orthodontic treatments. Any existing dental issues, such as cavities or gum disease, need to be addressed beforehand.

Maintenance & Aftercare: The journey doesn’t end once the braces come off. Retainers are often a vital part of the post-braces journey, ensuring the teeth remain in their newly aligned positions.

The Adult Orthodontic Experience with Davis Family Orthodontics

The adult braces journey is crafted with a unique blend of precision, empathy, and understanding at Davis Family Orthodontics. Recognizing the apprehensions and aspirations of adults seeking orthodontic treatments, the team ensures a seamless, supportive experience.

From flexible appointment schedules (to accommodate the bustling life of a working adult) to ensuring transparency at every stage, Davis Family Orthodontics curates a journey that respects, acknowledges, and cherishes the adult patient’s perspective.

Reimagine Your Smile Today

Contemplating braces as an adult might feel like a daunting plunge. Still, with the right guidance, expertise, and a pinch of enthusiasm, it’s a decision you’re unlikely to regret. Your radiant, healthy smile awaits – a reflection of the commitment you’re ready to make to yourself.

If you’re on the cusp of this decision, or even if you’re merely ortho-curious, Davis Family Orthodontics is here to guide, support, and walk alongside you. Why wait? Unveil the potential of your smile and embark on a transformative journey with us. Reach out today, and let’s sculpt that masterpiece together.


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