debunking common myths about adults braces

Most people think of a teenager wearing braces when they hear the word orthodontics, and maybe you do, too. Although many orthodontic patients are indeed teens, treatment can benefit patients of all ages. There’s never a wrong time to improve your smile, even if you’re an adult! More adults than ever before are exploring orthodontics to achieve a straighter smile, with about 1 in every five current patients over the age of 18. 

That number is always on the rise, so if you’ve spent years feeling self-conscious about how your teeth look or function, you’re not alone. This is the perfect time to take a look at how Surf City Smiles Orthodontics can help! We offer a variety of treatment options to correct a wide range of orthodontic issues, including traditional braces. While today’s braces are comfortable, efficient, and affordable, you may still be unsure about them because of what you think you know about braces. 

If you’ve been hesitant to consider traditional braces as a treatment option, keep reading below as we debunk some of the most common myths about braces. We’ll also look at why these orthodontic powerhouses are the most popular orthodontic treatment around, year after year!

Myth #1: Braces are just for kids

You’re never too old to take advantage of the many benefits orthodontics has to offer! As we age, we often begin to understand how our oral health is related to our total body health. Understand the importance of dental health is a great motivator to start taking better care of your teeth and gums, which may include seeking dental care or orthodontic treatment. 

Many adults have crooked teeth, overbites, underbites, incorrect jaw positioning, or other issues that they’ve waited years to correct. Others would just like to improve their smile cosmetically. Whatever your reason for seeking treatment as an adult, braces can give you a straighter, more confident!

Myth #2: Braces will make be make you even more self-conscious about your smile

The last thing you want to do is draw attention to your smile if you’re already feeling shy about it. Many people think that’s precisely what will happen if you get braces, but thanks to modern technology, there are multiple treatments available to adult patients. For a complete smile makeover, Surf City Smiles Orthodontics offers the following options:

Traditional metal braces

Metal braces are one of our most popular and efficient treatments. Generally made of high-quality stainless steel, modern metal braces are much more comfortable and lighter than they used to be. They’re also customizable, with a variety of fun colored bands to choose from if you want to show off a little personality with your smile! These braces deliver excellent results and are especially useful in cases that are more severe or complicated.

Clear braces

Also known as ceramic or tooth-colored braces, these function the same way metal braces do. However, they provide patients with the additional benefit of semi-translucent or tooth-colored ceramic brackets. Both options blend in well with your natural smile.  The brackets are about the same size and shape as metal braces, but much less noticeable. When we pair them with clear, white, or tooth-colored wires and elastic ties, they are an incredibly subtle way to straighten your smile. Because of these benefits, clear braces are especially attractive to adult patients. 

Invisalign clear aligner therapy

Invisalign’s system consists of a series of removable plastic trays that fit over the teeth and gently move them into the desired positions over time. These customized aligners are replaced with the next in the series every 1-2 weeks to keep up with your teeth’ movement. Invisalign offers patients a bit more freedom and flexibility than fixed braces since you can remove the aligners when eating or drinking. It also maintains an oral hygiene routine much simpler since patients brush and floss as they normally would.  

Hidden Braces 

Dr. Carlson is proud to offer INBRACE®, a smart, custom lingual appliance changing orthodontics’ face. INBRACE’s innovative and proprietary technology allows orthodontists to provide hygienic, ultra-esthetic treatment options to patients who don’t feel aligners fit their lifestyle.

Myth #3: Braces will be painful

Fortunately, modern orthodontic treatment can move the teeth far more gently and effectively than it has in the past. Braces, in general, are more comfortable than they’ve ever been. Although you may occasionally experience a little discomfort as outlined below, these minor issues are usually easy to take with a bit of know-how.

Issues like general mouth irritation or tenderness around your gums, which are common when your braces are first put on or adjusted, can be easily solved with orthodontic wax or saltwater rinse. If a specific area if uncomfortable, dry the bracket or wire and place a small amount of wax on it. To relieve pain with a saltwater rinse, simply mix one teaspoon of salt in 8 ounces of warm water, then swish it around your mouth for about 30 seconds.

A warm washcloth or a warm heating pad placed on the outside of your jaw can also offer you relief. Over-the-counter pain relievers are another useful remedy, just be sure to check with Dr. Carlson first!

Problems with the appliances like the ones mentioned below may need some in-office attention from Dr. Carlson. 

Protruding wires

Occasionally, a wire may come loose and irritate the inside of your mouth. You can fix this with an ordinary pencil by using the eraser end to nudge it back against the teeth until it flattens out. You can also place a piece of orthodontic wax over the wire to reduce irritation and provide extra stability.

Loose brackets

We’ll need to know about loose brackets as soon as possible to help you decide what the next step should be. If you want a placeholder fix, try sliding the bracket back along the wire to the center of the tooth. Place orthodontic wax over the bracket to add some extra stability. 

Debunking common myths about braces for adults

Myth #4: Braces are too expensive

Since orthodontic treatment benefits can last a lifetime, the investment of time and finances is well worth it. Here at Surf City Smiles Orthodontics, you’ll never have to worry about any hidden costs. During your free consultation, we’ll outline everything included in your treatment plan, such as:

  • all appointments, including emergency visits
  • braces or aligners
  • retainers
  • post-treatment follow-up visits

Our treatment fees reflect our skillful technique, the quality of the technology we use, and the world-class service we provide to our patients. We appreciate what a significant investment treatment can be, and our office will work with you to find a payment option to fit your family’s budget! We offer no interest, in-office financing, and accept cash, check, credit cards, debit cards, and automatic monthly payment options. If you have dental insurance that covers orthodontics, we’ll be happy to verify your orthodontic benefits and process your insurance forms for you.

Get the beautiful smile you’ve always wanted with braces by Surf City Smiles Orthodontics

No matter your age, braces can be an excellent option for straightening your teeth and improving your oral health. By choosing an experienced orthodontist like Dr. Carlson, you can be certain you’re receiving only the best treatment for your unique smile! Our expert team will provide you with a rewarding orthodontic experience that’s fun and stress-free from your first appointment to your last! If you’re ready to take the first step towards the smile you’ve always wanted, get in touch with us today to schedule your FREE consultation.

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