It’s easy to make excuses about the things you know you need but don’t want to take the time or expense to commit to. Braces for adults fit solidly into this category. The reality, however, is that adults sometimes neglect to take the best care of themselves when they’re doing so much for others or distracted by obligations, work, and family. If you know that braces would help you, it’s time to stop making excuses and finally get the orthodontic treatment you need. Your teeth, gums, and bite will thank you for it.
Excuse: I missed my window. I’m too old to get braces now.
Reality: You’re never too old to get braces.
Once upon a time, there was a common belief that teens were the only demographic who could wear braces. Not anymore! Modern braces are for everyone, no matter what stage of adulting you are in.
If you’re worried about how you’ll look with braces, trust that your Woodinville orthodontist can find the right solution for you based on your oral health needs and aesthetic preferences. Many adults choose Invisalign, which are practically invisible. A great, discreet alternative if you’re not a good candidate for Invisalign – clear, ceramic braces that are tooth-colored and match the color of your enamel.
Excuse: I don’t have time to get braces.
Reality: You can always make time for the things you want.
Yes, braces take time. You will have to set aside time from work and parenting and life to see your orthodontist every four to six weeks. You will have to take extra time every day to carefully clean your aligners or meticulously pick food and gunk out of your brackets and wires. Braces are a commitment – but, at the end of your treatment, you will have beautiful, straight teeth that are easier to clean and, therefore, healthier. That will protect you from decay, infection, and discomfort, saving you hours of time – and pain – in the future.
Excuse: Braces will get in the way of my job.
Reality: No one at work needs to know about your orthodontics.
If you qualify as an Invisalign patient, no one ever needs to know that you’re wearing braces. The aligners won’t interfere with anything you do – whether you’re selling, teaching, arguing, researching, reasoning, bargaining, brainstorming, writing, or otherwise. You can attend professional events and meals and remove your aligners to eat, no food restrictions. You can speak confidently and assertively without anyone being distracted by your teeth and, slowly but surely, your teeth will move carefully into alignment until they are flawlessly straight.
Excuse: My kid has braces – I can’t have them too!
Reality: You lead by example.
Most teens don’t look forward to orthodontics, a rite of passage for many. Maybe that’s why you are where you are now – you shunned braces at a younger age. Or maybe it just wasn’t in the budget when you were growing up. It’s time to show your child how important oral health is by taking care of your own orthodontic needs at the same time theirs is being addressed.
Make an appointment with Woodinville, Washington orthodontist Dr. Soleil Roberts to talk about adult braces and find out what type of orthodontics are the right choice for you.