Adult orthodontics is a common dental procedure that can help improve your smile and oral health. However, there are many myths about adult orthodontics that need to be busted! Here are the top five myths and the truth behind them.

Myth #1: I am too old for orthodontics.

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You are never too old to get the smile of your dreams! Braces aren’t just for kids and teens anymore. According to the American Association of Orthodontists, one in four orthodontic patients is an adult! The only difference between pediatric and adult orthodontics is that the adult jaw is fully developed. Depending on the orthodontic issue at hand, this may slightly increase the treatment time. 

Myth #2: I will have to wear metal braces.

Traditional metal braces are not your only option nowadays! Invisalign is a comfortable, convenient and discreet treatment option. Invisalign aligners are clear and molded perfectly to your teeth so they are comfortable and do not interfere with your daily life. You can remove them to eat, drink and play sports. 

Myth #3: Orthodontic treatment will interfere with my daily life.

You may have some concerns about undergoing orthodontic treatment as a busy adult. Will you have time to take your kids to soccer practice and visit the orthodontist on the same day? Will your braces give you a lisp during your important work presentation? Rest assured, most orthodontic appointments do not take a long time, and we can work with your schedule! While you will have to make slight adjustments to what you eat with braces, overall your speech and daily habits will not be impacted. If you are a candidate for Invisalign, your clear aligners can be removed during meals, sports and business meetings!

Myth #4: Adult orthodontic treatment is more expensive.

False! Talk to your orthodontist about the cost of the different types of orthodontic treatment options. The price and time of treatment will depend on your unique orthodontic situation.

Myth #5: There is no point in getting braces now. 

Braces are not just for cosmetic purposes. Malalignment issues can contribute to breathing difficulties, TMJ issues, headaches and sleep apnea. Plus, straight teeth are easier to clean so you will decrease your risk of cavities and gum disease. Not only will orthodontics help you achieve the smile of your dreams, but you will be investing in your overall health and wellness.

Now that we’ve busted these myths, we hope you feel more confident visiting Clemente Orthodontics as an adult to start your smile journey! We are here to answer any questions you have.