For a long time, the majority of people who had braces were children and teens. Today, more adults than ever are getting braces, and they have their own set of unique challenges to go with their orthodontic treatment.
Social Challenges of Adult Braces
Looking too ‘young’ - Many adults feel that braces make them look younger or less mature. This is likely because braces are normally associated with children and teens.
Looking unprofessional - This ties in with the ‘youthful’ look that braces can give you. Adults often feel that standard metal braces don’t fit in with the professional appearance they try to maintain at work.
Treatment Options For Adults
As adult braces are becoming more common, many of the social issues that have been associated with them in the past are falling by the wayside. Ultimately, braces are like any other medical treatment; there’s no shame in taking good care of your health!
There are more options these days than the typical metal braces for adults who are interested in having their teeth straightened. The following orthodontic treatment options tend to be more low profile, and more practical for many adults.
Invisalign - Invisalign clear plastic aligners straighten your teeth just like traditional braces do, but completely without metal and wires. Since they’re transparent, they’re pretty much invisible when worn, so most people you interact with won’t even notice them.
Lingual Braces - These braces are a lot like regular metal braces, except you wear them on the other side (that is, the backs) of your teeth. Because they’re facing toward your tongue, they’re very hard for others to see unless you make a point of showing them.
In-Ovation Self Ligating Braces - These braces have a metal construction like traditional braces, and are placed in the fronts of your teeth. However, they are more low profile and streamlined in appearance because there are no ties or elastics.