Getting Braces as an Adult
Around this time of year, we do one of the most important things we can do for ourselves—make good New Year’s Resolutions. Self-reflection and motivation are our keys to success! Perhaps confidence has been on your list for a few years, and you know your smile is holding you back from it. You know deep down that getting braces and achieving the perfect smile for you would make a world of difference, so why not make that your resolution this year?
We understand that getting braces as an adult can feel intimidating. Many people assume that childhood and adolescence are the threshold years for orthodontic treatment, and that the older they get, the more firmly that door closes behind them. But this isn’t true at all! Adults now make up between 15 and 30 percent of orthodontic practices, with some orthodontists reporting that as many as half of their patients are adults. We can tell you there is no age limit—we’ve had patients in their 80s receive treatment in our office. So, what’s stopping you? Let’s address some of the most common concerns:
Won’t it Take a Long Time?
As an adult, your bone structure is firmer than when you were a child, but it is far from set in stone. But while this used to mean that treatment in adults would almost definitely take longer, new advancements in technology have changed that. Now it is possible to accelerate your treatment time and reduce the amount of time you have to spend in the office. The Propel system allows you to take full advantage of each appointment in only five extra minutes, reducing overall treatment time by up to 50% using a high-frequency vibration device. Plus, with improvements in bracket and wire technology freeing you to make appointments every seven to eight weeks instead of monthly, the journey to a new smile will feel like no time at all.
But I Have to Pay My Bills…
Many adults think that the cost of braces will be prohibitive to getting the treatment they deserve. At Birmingham Orthodontics, we’ve made it our mission to make sure anyone who needs braces has access to them, and that’s why we offer plenty of flexible, custom payment plans and options, for everyone from the staid breadwinner to the new kid on the job market block. Besides, studies have proven that people who straighten their smiles with orthodontic treatment boost their earning power by 5-10% per year—they have the potential to pay for themselves!
How Will They Look?
You want to enter the New Year looking your best, and for many adults that means avoiding the appearance of braces. Well, there’s more good news here: not only are traditional metal braces more discreet than ever before, there are also plenty of other options to choose from. Invisalign, a system of barely visible clear retainers custom-fit to your teeth, is a very popular choice among adults. Or, if you do go traditional, you might opt for ceramic or clear brackets, or even Forever Gold, slim gold brackets that are subtle, and that compliment blonde and red hair and fair skin types. Rest assured that you can look great while you’re on your way to your perfect smile.
Ready to make that resolution rock-solid and get started on the transformation of a lifetime? Still have questions and concerns to address? Call us today to set up a free, no-obligation consultation to get all the answers you need and set yourself straight for the new year!
At Birmingham Orthodontics, our mission is simple: we create smiles. Not only do we straighten the crooked grin, fix the bite, and adjust the jaw, we also brighten yearbooks, help young people come to like their looks, and give adults the confidence they have wanted for a long, long time. We also believe in our staff. Our culture of continuous learning has allowed us to host monthly training sessions for each team and bring in leading industry consultants to help keep us ahead of the curve. Contact us for a free consultation, or any questions you might have.