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What Adults Should Know About Orthodontics

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

It’s never too late to perfect your smile, even when you’re a grown-up! If you want a new you in the New Year, straightening your teeth or fixing a bite issue is a great idea. Adults have a variety of options and things to consider.

Are you a good candidate for braces? Make an appointment with your dentist to find out. They can tell you if braces are the best option for your issue, and can address any other concerns you may have.

What are your options? Traditional metal braces will likely be the less expensive option, but there are other choices that are more costly and less noticeable. You can look into clear ceramic braces, which are still worn on the front of teeth, but blend in with the color of your teeth. Lingual braces have brackets on the back of teeth instead of the front, keeping them out of sight. Invisible braces, like Invisalign, are a series of clear aligners that are also removable for eating and brushing

How much do braces cost? Check with your insurance company to see if adult orthodontics are covered by your plan. Usually dental insurance does not cover braces for adults. We can get you started for as little as $99 – prices vary, so contact your office for details.

How long will the treatment take? Treatment for adults typically takes longer than it does for children. On average, most adults will wear braces anywhere from a year and a half to three years. Like children, adults may have to wear a retainer for some time after the braces are removed.

If you want a straighter smile this year, make an appointment with your dentist to learn about the best options for you!

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