If you did not get braces as a child and now as an adult you wish your smile was more even, an orthodontist can offer options for you in spite of your age. It is actually possible to move the teeth to different positions well into adulthood. The idea of wearing braces as an adult will definitely bring about a few questions that the average teenager would not have. Here are a few of the more common questions that you will want to know the answers to about braces for adults.
What types of braces are more suitable for an adult?
Even though a bit more costly, most adults do usually opt for invisible braces, clear aligners, or lingual braces, which affix to the backside of your teeth. The difference in cost can be substantial from traditional braces, but the extra cost is usually worth it to adults who wish to keep their braces out of the limelight in their day-to-day life. Perhaps the more popular choice for adults, clear aligners, can range in price from $3500 to $8000; whereas traditional braces will be a lot less at $2500 to $6000.
Will your insurance cover adult braces?
In most cases, yes. The majority of dental insurance carriers do cover at least some of the costs associated with braces as an adult. Even though braces are traditionally seen by consumers as something for younger people, in actuality, this is a real medical treatment for people of all ages.
Is it true that it can be harder to straighten an adult's teeth?
It is true that some adults can have a more lengthy treatment plan when it comes to braces, but it is not usually because their teeth are more difficult to move. There are a few factors that can come into play as an adult that will usually not be an issue as a child: periodontal disease and fixated jawlines. Fixated jawlines only means that extreme movement of the jaws with just braces alone will not be possible with many adults, but this is not the case with younger children. Periodontal disease can affect how well the teeth stay put after they have moved to the desired position, which could mean you will have to wear braces or a retainer for longer.
Even though it can be a little unnerving to think about getting braces as an adult, with a good orthodontist and a little guidance, you will see that this treatment is really not that big of a deal. For more information, contact John C. Matunas D.D.S., PA or a similar dental professional.