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Adult Braces – Are They Right For You?


There are many reasons you might be considering braces later in life. Whether you’ve had braces before and your teeth have shifted or you were unable to get braces when you were younger, it’s never too late to improve your smile!

Crooked teeth are not just cosmetic, they can cause real problems in every day life. They can disrupt eating by interfering with chewing and can make hygiene more difficult. They can even strain your jaws and muscles, leading to health issues like headaches. You might never even suspect it was your teeth all along!

Crooked Teeth are a Cosmetic Issue

In addition to posing potential health problems, your smile is a cosmetic issue and that’s definitely something to think about.

A better smile can be a huge confidence booster. Improving your appearance, confidence and overall outlook can open new doors in your life and even your career. Adult braces may be even more important than braces for youth.

I Don’t Want to Be Seen In Braces

Braces have become quite common among all age groups, including adults. Adult braces really not considered strange anymore. But if you still don’t like the idea of spending months with a “metal mouth,” many new options are available that probably weren’t when you were younger.

  • Ceramic braces are made of a white material that is far less obvious than metal braces. Up close, they’re still visible but they won’t be as eye catching.
  • Lingual brackets attach to the inside surface of the teeth. This option is going to be virtually invisible to others, but may be less comfortable for your tongue.
  • Invisalign clear plastic aligners are like mouth guards or retainers, but instead of maintaining your bite they gently move it into position.

There are many ways to improve your smile!

Invest In What You Value

Whether young or old, braces are an investment. They will cost you money. You’re going to have to spend time with them and take proper care of them while you wear them. Finally, when they come off, you’ll have to maintain your smile to protect your investment.

How can you decide whether braces are a good investment of your time and money? The best way is to visit Meyer Orthodontics where a licensed orthodontist can help you determine the cost, benefits and value of braces for your life.

Contact us today, and look forward to that smile!