Most people think of children and teens when they think of orthodontic treatment. But more and more often these days, adults are getting braces, and they have their own set of unique challenges to go with their orthodontic treatment.
Adult Braces: The Social Challenges
Looking too ‘young’ - Many adults feel that braces make them look young or immature, probably because braces are usually associated with children and teens.
Looking unprofessional - This is tied in with the ‘youthful’ look that braces can give you. Traditional metal braces don’t seem to fit in with the professional appearance many adults need to maintain at work.
Treatment Options For Adults
A lot of the social issues associated with braces in the past are falling by the wayside, now that they're becoming more common for adults. And in the end, braces are like any other medical treatment; there’s no shame in taking good care of your health!
The orthodontic treatment options below are more low profile, and more practical for many adults who wish to keep their orthodontic treatment somewhat under wraps.
Invisalign - Invisalign clear plastic aligners straighten your teeth just as well as traditional braces do, but completely without metal and wires. These aligners are transparent, so they’re pretty much invisible when worn, so most people you interact with won’t even notice them.
Lingual Braces - Similar to regular metal braces, lingual braces are however much less obvious because you wear them on the inside (that is, the backs) of your teeth. Since they face your tongue, they’re not easy for others to see unless you make a point of showing them.
In-Ovation Self Ligating Braces - Self-ligating braces have a metal construction, and are placed in the fronts of your teeth. The difference between them and traditional braces is that they're more low profile and streamlined in appearance because there are no ties or elastics.