Until recent years, the majority of people who had braces were children and teens. Today, more and more adults are choosing to undergo orthodontic treatment, and they have their own set of unique challenges to go with it.
Social Challenges for Adult with Braces
Looking too ‘young’ - Many adults feel that braces have a youthful look, and that as a result they look strange on adults. This is probably because braces have historically been associated with children and teens.
Looking unprofessional - This is related to the perceived ‘youthful’ appearance of braces. Many adults feel that standard metal braces clash with the professional appearance they try to maintain at work.
Treatment Options For Adults
The social issues that have been associated with braces are beginning to fall by the wayside as they become more common for adults. In addition, there is a much wider range of orthodontic treatment options available today, in addition to traditional metal braces. These may be more appealing to and practical for adults, because they tend to be more low profile.
These options include:
Invisalign - Invisalign is a series of clear plastic aligners that straighten your teeth much like traditional braces do, but completely without metal and wires. Because these aligners are transparent, they’re pretty much invisible when worn, so most people you interact with won’t even notice them.
Lingual Braces - These braces are similar to regular metal braces, except you wear them on the inside (that is, the backs) of your teeth. Because they face your tongue, they’re not easy for others to see unless you make a point of showing them.
In-Ovation Self Ligating Braces - Self-ligating braces have a metal construction like traditional braces, and are placed in the fronts of your teeth. The difference is that they're more low profile and streamlined in appearance because there are no ties or elastics.