Sawgrass Orthodontics understands being happy with your smile is an essential step in being comfortable with yourself. The idea of starting braces treatment can be intimidating, but don’t let it dissuade you. Today, our team will answer all your questions about whether one can be too old for braces, their range of benefits, the treatments we provide patients and much more!
Never Too Late To Start Your Braces Journey
We are happy to share that you can start your smile journey anytime you want as an adult. Dr. Kristen and Dr. Penny understand adult patients may be conscious of their image when looking into braces. Still, we can help by offering discreet treatments so everyone will only see your incredible progress and none of the braces themselves.
Many orthodontic patients are typically middle or high school students, but adult patient numbers have risen over the years as people like you begin to understand the importance of braces at a later age. Some of our patients were not allowed the opportunity to get braces while still in school or simply did not need care at the time. Still, our goal is to ensure everyone in our community receives that opportunity as it arises.
Why Get Braces as an Adult?
Oral Health Comes Easy
Maintaining oral hygiene, such as twice daily brushing and flossing, becomes even more straightforward when your teeth are all in the correct place and angle. Miniscule pieces of food can burrow their way into small areas when your teeth positioning is not uniform, making you vulnerable to cavities and tooth decay. Braces help provide a strong base for long-term dental health and set you up for success.
Protect Your General Health
Supporting more than just dental health, perfectly aligned teeth can improve your general health and prevent more complex issues down the line. You have the power to proactively protect yourself and work toward improvement.
Gum disease is prevented by proper brushing and flossing techniques. Smooth digestion is supported by chewing food into small pieces with the correct tooth angle. Comfortable sleep comes with more effortless breathing ability. Beginning braces treatment as an adult can drastically change your everyday life.
Become a More Self-Assured Person
Confidence is critical to succeeding in both your professional and personal life. Those with orthodontically straightened teeth know they can use their smile as an asset towards coming off as a trusted, caring individual. Whether working on first impressions or simply meeting up with friends, having a grin you are proud of makes all the difference in your self-assuredness.
What To Think About Before Beginning Treatment
Our office offers a free consultation before you make any commitments to ensure our patients confidently begin treatment with us. This appointment includes a full inspection of your teeth for our team to determine what needs addressing. From here, Dr. Kristen or Dr. Penny will explain your dental needs and how our office’s treatment options can assist you.
We aim to answer each question to guarantee you leave Sawgrass Orthodontics with a clear understanding of your needs and the next steps toward positive oral health.
How Long Will Treatment Last?
Treatment length varies depending on the following considerations: your case’s intricacies, your current oral health, and the orthodontic appliance you wear. The average treatment time for adults is between one to three years. Some patients may go a little over or under the typical care time. Our orthodontists will work with you to determine which path best suits your case and specific needs. The time and energy you put into improving your teeth will pay off when you see the final results!
Braces Options for Adults
Traditional Metal Braces
A long-trusted orthodontic treatment, metal braces have remained popular over the years due to their dependability and increasingly comfortable design. Despite being a traditional option, the many advances in metal braces over the years have made this appliance a cost-effective choice that excels in strength and provides long-lasting orthodontic treatment that will preserve your teeth for years.
Clear, Self-Litigating Braces
A popular discreet option among adults, clear ceramic braces are an excellent opportunity to work on your dental health without anyone noticing. They utilize nearly invisible tooth-colored brackets that use the same technology as traditional braces, so you can rely on them to deliver the perfect results to match your smile goals.
Attached to the inner side of your teeth, lingual braces are another hidden appliance that does the same work as metal braces without a conspicuous appearance. They use the latest orthodontic technology to provide customized treatment and ensure a perfect fit for your teeth. Lingual braces work towards your alignment objectives and even make oral hygiene simpler.
Begin Braces Treatment At Your Next Appointment!
We hope you now have a better understanding of the basics of braces and how to benefit from treatment as you grow older. Allow braces to give you a healthier future today! If you have any more questions about braces treatment and what it can do for you, please reach out to our Sunrise or Weston office to schedule your free consultation with Dr. Kristen and Dr. Penny. We can’t wait to help you along your smile journey!Back to Blog