One in five Americans visiting an orthodontist or dentist Spokane Valley for braces are adults. Long gone is the practice where braces are only for children. Adults who regret not having braces as a child now want straighter teeth or their bite adjusted more comfortably with the aid of braces. If you find yourself in this position, continue reading. An orthodontist or dentist is the best person to give advise on whether braces can help you as an adult or not.
Be practical about what you can change
Many adults can no longer benefit from such a drastic change in their teeth, so it’s important to consult a few experts before undertaking an expensive and time consuming treatment that can last as long as 6 months to 3 years.
Can you afford it?
Many dental insurances will not cover cosmetic procedures, which is what braces tend to be. Do a careful review of your finances and determine if this is something you will be able to afford for as long as the treatment takes to complete. Money is the number one hindrance to getting adult braces.
Is there a cosmetic alternative?
Veneers, caps or cosmetic contouring which covers existing teeth to make them appear more straight. These procedures work well when only minor changes are desired, they take under an hour to complete and costs significantly less than braces. You might also want to do some research on dentists who do Six Month Smiles, a treatment with invisible braces that straightens teeth in less than a year.