Are you unhappy with your smile and have spent years thinking that you’d like to improve it through orthodontics? You may have hesitated due to concerns that it will be a bad experience as an adult. There are probably a number of reasons you’ve put off getting treatment, but you might wonder whether or not they are valid. There are many misconceptions about adult orthodontics; learn the truth so that you can decide if treatment is right for you.
Will I look silly wearing braces?
Your appearance is very important in both your personal and professional life. Many adults worry that wearing braces will negatively impact their looks and decrease their self-esteem. Due to the advancements in orthodontics, this is no longer true. One of the biggest breakthroughs is Invisalign, which is a system of wearing clear plastic aligners to shift teeth into better positions. It’s possible to correct your smile without any ugly metal wires and brackets; others may not even notice you are wearing the aligners!
Will it hurt?
Orthodontics today have improved so much that pain isn’t a big issue. This is especially true when Invisalign is the option chosen, because teeth are shifted gently using the aligners. Even traditional braces have become less painful over the years, as orthodontists offer numbing agents or anxiety medications for patients who require them. Typically, over-the-counter pain relievers are sufficient to address any discomfort.
Will I have to wear braces for years and years?
Treatment times have decreased for most patients compared to years past. The average treatment time for Invisalign is often just a year or less!
Will orthodontics work at my age?
It is just a rumor that braces work better on young people than adults. Orthodontics after age 30 are just as effective as those on a teenager or child. The only difference is that adults may require slightly more time in traditional braces than younger patients, but the outcome is just as great.
Dr. Fotovat is an orthodontist that treats adults and kids from Sherman Oaks and the surround area.