Request Request an Appointment Forms Complete Our Forms Find Us Like Us on Facebook Reviews Leave a Google Review Call Map

What You Should Know About Getting Braces as an Adult

July 4, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — drsimon @ 4:34 pm
Woman in cream sweater smiling with braces

Of the four million patients currently wearing braces, roughly one million are over the age of 18. So, if you think that orthodontic treatment is only for children and teens, think again! The reality is that candidacy for teeth-straightening treatments isn’t determined by age alone. Of course, there are a few things you should know if you’re interested in perfecting your smile now. With this in mind, here’s what you should know about getting braces as an adult.

1. There Are More Orthodontic Treatments Than Ever Before

If it’s been years (or perhaps even decades) since you last seriously considered straightening your teeth, then you may be surprised by all of the orthodontic treatments available today. For traditional braces and Invisalign to self-ligating options, there is an option for patients with all different dental needs and aesthetic goals. So, don’t hesitate to talk to your orthodontist about more than just metal brackets and wires – they can help you determine which solution is right for you!

2. You’re Investing in Your Oral Health as Well

Many patients are hesitant to invest in orthodontic treatment since it’s “purely cosmetic.” However, that’s simply not the case! In fact, crooked, spaced-out, and otherwise misaligned teeth can take a serious toll on the health and function of your smile. With braces, your orthodontist can guide your teeth into their properly aligned positions, benefiting much more than just your confidence in the process.

3. You’re Not “Too Old” to Get Braces

Remember, candidacy for braces is not determined by age alone. In fact, adults often make the best patients since they are investing their own money, they understand the importance of good oral hygiene and complying with the treatment guidelines, and they know what it’s like to live with misaligned teeth that negatively impact their self-esteem. Simply put, your age should never be the reason you don’t schedule a consultation.

4. Your Treatment Timeline May Be Shorter Than Expected

It’s true; some treatment timelines are more than three years. With that said, advancements in technology and the field of orthodontics as a whole have allowed for more precise treatments and, in turn, faster timelines. At your initial consultation, your orthodontic team can provide you with a general estimate so you have a better idea of the commitment you’ll be making.

About the Orthodontist

Dr. Patricia A. Simon’s experience as an orthodontist spans over 25 years at this point, and she’s helped countless patients of all ages achieve their healthiest, most beautiful smiles in that time. As for her studies, she earned her DDS at the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine before completing her orthodontic residency at Boston University. Passionate about always honing her skills and providing her patients in Dallas with the best care, she maintains active memberships with the American Association of Orthodontists, the American Board of Orthodontics, the American Dental Association, and several other professional organizations. If you’re interested in getting orthodontic treatment as an adult, don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment via her website or by phone at (214) 826-9000.

No Comments

No comments yet.

RSS feed for comments on this post.

Sorry, the comment form is closed at this time.