For many years, the majority of people who had braces were children and teens. Today, adults are getting braces more than ever, 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 young or immature. This is probably because braces are usually associated with children and teens.
Looking unprofessional - This is related to the ‘youthful’ look that braces can give you. Many adults feel that standard metal braces don’t fit in with the professional appearance they try to maintain at work.
Treatment Options For Adults
Many of the social issues that have been associated with braces in the past are falling by the wayside as they become more common for adults. And in the end, braces are like any other medical treatment; there’s no shame in taking good care of your health!
It really helps that there are far more options these days, aside from typical metal braces, for adults who are interested in having their teeth straightened. The orthodontic treatment options below tend to be more low profile, and more practical for many adults.
Invisalign - Invisalign is a series of clear plastic aligners that straighten your teeth much like traditional braces do, but completely without metal and wires. Because these aligners are transparent, they’re pretty much invisible when worn, so most people you interact with won’t even notice them.
Lingual Braces - These braces are similar to regular metal braces, except you wear them on the inside (that is, the backs) of your teeth. Because they face your tongue, they’re not easy for others to see unless you make a point of showing them.
In-Ovation Self Ligating Braces - Self-ligating braces have a metal construction like traditional braces, and are placed in the fronts of your teeth. The difference is that they're more low profile and streamlined in appearance because there are no ties or elastics.