While many associate braces with adolescents, more and more adults are choosing to go through orthodontic treatment. Many over the age of 18 decide to get braces or other orthodontic treatments due to their teeth shifting after having braces when they were younger or in order to correct misalignment that wasn't treated when they were younger. In fact, one in five orthodontic patients is over the age of 18. If you are considering braces as an adult, here are three things that you should know before starting your treatment.
One of the first things that you should consider is whether or not braces will fit into your budget. Costs can vary depending on your needs and also the type of braces you choose. On average you can expect to pay between $3,000 and $7,350 for traditional metal braces. Braces with ceramic brackets range between $2,000 and $8,500. Lingual braces are placed behind the teeth and are virtually undetectable. They also cost more and range between $5,000 and $13,000 on average. Clear plastic aligners have recently become very popular. They range in price between $3,000 and $8,000. Your dental insurance may cover some of the costs, but typically you'll pay a significant portion of your bill.
Treatment Takes Longer
Getting braces as an adult is very similar to getting braces as an adolescent. The main difference is that the treatment time for adults tends to be longer. Adults often have to wear braces for three to four years while children typically only need them for two years. It's important to discuss treatment time with your orthodontist and also to determine whether or not you are willing to have braces for the amount of time needed to correct your bite or misalignment issues.
It's Never Too Late
If you are unhappy with your smile, it's important to note that it's never too late to visit an orthodontist. However, in order to be able to get braces or other orthodontic treatments, you need to have healthy teeth and gums. Keeping up with dental checkups and teeth cleanings is essential. If you do get braces, it's also important to make sure that you are able to devote the time needed to your treatment. This means being able to make it to the appointments set up by your orthodontist for adjustments.
If you think you're ready for braces, contact orthodontic clinics such as Reed & Sahlaney Orthodontics, LLP to learn more.