Adults can wear braces too. That’s right, braces aren’t just for kids. Every day, the Booth Orthodontics team in Homer Glen apples braces to adults. No matter how old you are, braces can still work for you. Below, you’ll learn about the four reasons to get adult braces.
It’s never too late to give yourself the smile that you deserve. Orthodontic technology has expanded treatment options beyond what they used to be. Adult clients now have access to many different choices. Some are nearly invisible to the naked eye. Continue reading to learn more about how Booth Orthodontics can help you enliven your smile.
How Adult Braces Benefit You
Reason #1: Better Physical Health
Proper brushing and flossing contribute to oral health. But they aren’t magic. If teeth are out of alignment, brushing and flossing may not be able to resolve the problem. Misshapen teeth create nooks and crannies in which plaque festers. If left untreated, excess plaque can lead to sore or bleeding gums, pain in the jaw, and headaches.
But the physical ailments don’t stop with oral hygiene. Especially later in life, irregularly shaped teeth can complicate our ability to chew food. This means that a task as simple as eating has now become a choking hazard. And what’s worse, swallowing unchewed food can cause severe abdominal discomfort.
Reason #2: Enhanced Confidence
An improved smile doesn’t just change how you look. It alters how you feel about yourself. Adult braces can influence how you perceive your own face. The American Association of Orthodontists estimates that nearly 2 million adults receive orthodontic treatment. At our Homer Glen location, many patients are over the age of 18. But Booth Orthodontics wants our clients to think beyond numbers. That figure represents people with fuller lives. Whether at yourself in the mirror or a passing stranger, smiling elevates your confidence. Visit us in person to find out why changing lives is our forte!
Reason #3: The Whiter the Smile, the Clearer the Mind
Still not convinced that orthodontic intervention is right for you? Dr. Booth’s standard for our Homer Glen office is that we intend to change lives. And that means much more than rearranging teeth. Adult braces can decrease anxiety and depression and boost overall mental health. Furthermore, if you like your smile, you’ll want to show it off. Smiling makes your brain pump out neurotransmitters like serotonin and dopamine. These neurotransmitters influence your motivation and sense of well-being. And guess what? People who feel good about themselves smile more! Booth Orthodontics wants to help you tap into this kind of healthy feedback loop.
Reason #4: Affordability
Our team understands how hard it can be to obtain care for ourselves and our families. Above, we mentioned that technology had provided us with more options to serve you. In addition, orthodontic remedies are more affordable now than they have been in the past. For adults, braces might be the first line of defense. As a result, they are a less expensive option.
Dr. Booth has resolved to never recommend anything a client doesn’t need. We’re happy to work with you to design a payment plan that fits your budget. Have insurance questions? No problem! We can work with your insurance company to ensure you get the best possible outcome.
What Kinds of Braces Work for Adults?
Dr. Booth will speak with you directly to determine which treatment option you need. Here are some of the possibilities you may come across.
What if you had braces that you could remove whenever you wanted (within Dr. Booth’s guidance, of course)? Our team uses clear, lightweight plastic aligners by Invisalign®. They offer the wearer much more comfort and convenience than conventional braces. In general, you’ll wear your aligner for 9-15 months and will use between 18 – 30 sets. We recommend keeping the aligner on for 22 hours a day.
You may also hear clear braces referred to as ceramic, tooth-colored, or aesthetic. This is because they are designed to blend in with the teeth. Clear braces empower you to continue your daily routine without fretting about your appearance. They are more discreet and less obvious than metal braces. As a general rule, Dr. Booth recommends clear braces for most adults.
An oldie, but a goldie! This is the image most people have when they think of “braces.” They’ve earned something of a stigma over the years, but Booth Orthodontics intends to change that. Modern metal braces have lighter wires and sleeker brackets. For you, this means less pain and irritation. Our braces are compact and comfortable. A major advantage of metal braces is that they can potentially shorten the duration of your treatment.
Trust Booth Ortho for Adult Braces
Dr. Booth isn’t just in the business of fixing teeth. He wants to help people. To that end, consider that braces aren’t just for young folks. Your smile is not a lost cause. You deserve to feel good about yourself. And there’s no time like the present to give yourself such a gift.
Booth Orthodontics has access to all the orthodontic resources you need. We’re in the business of restoring smiles (and lives), regardless of how old they are. Getting braces as an adult can enrich the health of your body, make you more confident, boost your cognitive function, and keep you from overspending.
Let Dr. Booth fit you with braces today! Go here for a free consultation. Unsure about stepping into the office? Not a problem! Schedule a virtual consultation here.