Learning to Manage Your Dental Problems

Learning to Manage Your Dental Problems

What To Know About Getting Braces As An Adult

by Charlotte Beck

If you are looking for straighter, more aligned teeth, orthodontics may be right for you. While many think of braces as something you get during childhood or during the teen years, adults can benefit from braces as well. In fact, braces are becoming more and more common for adults. Currently around one in five patients getting orthodontic treatment are over the age of 18. Here are three things that you should know as you decide whether or not braces are for you. 

You Have Options

While traditional metal braces may be what you think of when it comes to orthodontics, there are other options to consider. There are many different types of braces to choose from. While traditional metal braces are noticeable, they are smaller and more streamlined than they were in the past. If you are looking for a less noticeable option, braces with ceramic brackets may be a good choice for your needs. Clear plastic aligners are difficult to see but may not work for every case. Lingual braces are installed on the back of the teeth and are undetectable.

The Cost Will Vary

Another thing to consider if you are looking into orthodontic treatment as an adult is that your costs will vary depending on the type of braces you choose and the length and complexity of your treatment. Metal braces typically range in price between $3,000 and $7,350. Braces with ceramic brackets will typically range in price between $2,000 and $8,500. Plastic aligners will cost between $3,000 and $8,000 on average. Lingual braces are typically the priciest option since they are the most difficult to install. These braces range in price from $5,000 to $13,000 on average. Typically your dental insurance will only cover a small portion of your treatment if anything at all.

Treatment Takes Time

It's important to be patient. Treatment time will vary depending on your case as well as how well you follow your treatment plan. Typically adults will have their braces on longer than children and teenagers. It's important to keep this in mind when deciding whether or not braces are for you.

When making the decision to get braces, you need to be aware of a few things. First, there are various types of braces to choose from and it's important to look into your options before making a decision. The cost of your treatment will vary, but in most cases you will pay a few thousand dollars. Your treatment will also take time. Braces are a time commitment and it can be months or years before your treatment is completed.


About Me

Learning to Manage Your Dental Problems

As a homeschool parent and independent contractor, I don't always have time to practice good dental care. I often find myself in a rush just to meet my daily tasks and goals. My lack of good dental care eventually caught up with me. After experiencing severe pain in my back tooth, I made an appointment with my dentist. My dentist found a large hole in the center of the tooth. Root canal treatment couldn't save the tooth, so my dentist extracted it. I learned a very painful and valuable lesson that day. No matter how hectic my life is, I should still make time to brush and floss my teeth properly. I'm here to help you and other people avoid painful dental problems with my blog. I offer tips on how to keep your teeth clean and how to spot dental problems before they get out of control. Good luck.