Not long ago, the vast majority of people who had braces were children and teens. These days, more adults than ever are getting braces, and they have their own set of unique challenges to go with their orthodontic treatment.
Social Challenges of Adult Braces
Looking too ‘young’ - Some people feel that braces make them look younger or less mature. This is probably because braces are typically associated with children and teens.
Looking unprofessional - This is tied in with the ‘youthful’ look that braces can give you. Many adults feel that standard metal braces don’t fit in with the professional appearance they try to maintain at work.
Treatment Options For Adults
Fortunately, as adult braces are becoming more common, many of the social issues associated with them are falling by the wayside. Ultimately, braces are a medical treatment, and there’s no shame in taking good care of your health!
Adults who are interested in having their teeth straightened have more options these days than the typical metal braces. The following orthodontic treatment options tend to be more low profile, and more practical for many adults.
Invisalign - Invisalign makes clear plastic aligners that straighten your just like traditional braces do, only completely without metal and wires. And since they’re transparent, they’re pretty much invisible when you’re wearing them, so most people you interact with won’t even notice they’re there.
Lingual Braces - These braces are much like regular metal braces, except you wear them on the other side (that is, the backs) of your teeth. Because they’re facing into your mouth toward your tongue, they’re very hard for others to see unless you make a point of showing them.
In-Ovation Self Ligation Braces - These braces are made of metal, and are placed on the fronts of your teeth. However, they have a more low profile, streamlined appearance because there are no ties or elastics. This makes them smaller and neater in appearance than regular braces.