Healthcare is an important modern issue among the American public. We see it discussed in the news, in politics, and socially. As we age, new healthcare concerns come into play and in some cases, other issues with our health are unfortunately placed on the backburner.
A prime example of these issues is adult braces. Braces are usually seen as a healthcare necessity for children, pre-teens, and teens, and while it is true that orthodontists recommend braces are applied at an earlier age, it is never too late to fix oral health issues and improve your quality of life.
Unfortunately, in most cases, we aren’t entirely to blame for the state of our oral health. Perhaps your family wasn’t able to afford trips to the dentist or simply neglected to prioritize it when you were younger. Maybe you were fortunate enough to have received oral treatment as a teen; however, you neglected to wear your retainer and treatments after your device was out. The good news is that there are solutions!
Our helpful guide will show you what to expect with braces as an adult, how to avoid programs that claim to save money and time but can actually cost you more, and an overall look at why now is as good of a time as any to be on your way to a better smile.
One of the biggest obstacles facing adults when deciding to get braces is overcoming our own vanities. A huge deciding factor for many adults that goes unspoken is the very thought of how they would be perceived wearing the device. As silly and seemingly superficial as this may seem on the surface, self-image concerns are valid and should be considered before undertaking treatment. Part of the reasoning behind having braces at an earlier age is suggested simply because as teens or adults grow older, they can be more prone to disable the device due to social perception or their own thoughts on their body image. Discuss these issues with a trained professional before undertaking the procedure and causing additional damage. Braces are a wonderful tool of treatment and we firmly believe that improving your oral health and overall happiness should be considered a priority regardless of any negative social stigmas.
The other major issue to consider when aligning our teeth is the cost associated with doing so. If you’ve paid for your children’s procedures, it should come as no surprise that the price of oral care, specifically when considering braces, will cost several thousands of dollars. It is important to financially plan for and discuss these issues with your orthodontist. Find out what payment options are available and the compared costs of metal, ceramic, or clear braces to see which treatment is right for you.
With careful consideration and planning with your family and orthodontist, braces can be an extremely beneficial procedure later in life. It is important to be open and honest about the results you wish to achieve and come to an understanding of why some of the cons do not outweigh the pros. Living your life with a more confident smile, a healthier overall bite, a reduction in headaches, etc. will be a benefit for years to come.
The Internet is one of the greatest achievements of mankind. It is a tool that can be used in an almost uncountable amount of ways to help or hinder our lives. Before diving headfirst into a treatment plan from an online program promising the same results for less money, be aware that as the old saying goes, if something seems too good to be true, it probably is:
The bottom line is that nothing can compare to the quality and reassurance that comes with treatment received under the supervision of an accredited orthodontic specialist.
For a complete guide on the dangers of substituting braces with an online treatment be sure to visit our corresponding blog on the subject.
If you are looking to take the next step and are considering improving your oral health in the Kingwood area, trust the area’s leaders in oral health at Kimbrough Orthodontics.
No matter your reasoning or age, Dr. Kimbrough and his staff can help guide you onto the path of a better smile and a better life. After all, your smile says a lot about you.