By Natasha Gayle
Braces aren’t just for kids; they’re for adults, too. And while you may have never pictured yourself with a “metal mouth” at this age, it is becoming more common for adults to get braces—and they’re not always the metal type either. Nearly 1 million Americans over 18 years of age visit an orthodontist and wear braces, so you definitely won’t be alone.
With so many American adults getting braces, you have to wonder why they didn’t get them when they were kids. Why now? There are a couple of reasons why an adult might get braces (one of which may be why you’re considering them):
1. Never treated problems as a kid. Unfortunately, not everyone is able to treat the problems when they’re young. Because of that, those problems have remained or have worsened. These problems could include:
Therefore, it becomes increasingly important to get braces to finally correct the problem. Not correcting it could lead to:
2. Parents couldn't afford it. For some people, getting braces as an adult is primarily a financial one. Their parents couldn’t afford it when they were young so now that they’re older and financially independent, they can now afford the procedure.
3. More conscious of problems. It's also highly common for adults to become more self-conscious of their smile as they age and more aware that they need the work done.
The most significant difference between getting braces when you’re older compared to getting braces when you’re young is time. Treatment can take longer for adults than it does for children. Children’s teeth are more easily moved when they’re given braces. They may only need to wear a retainer to get straight teeth, whereas an adult will need to wear braces for 18 months to three years to receive the desired results.
Speak to your dentist about how long treatment might take—everyone is different.
On average, braces cost anywhere from $3,000 to $10,000 without dental insurance, depending on the type of braces you get. Here are the four types of braces and their corresponding prices:
Unlike those individuals who are in a financial state where they can afford braces, many people are not. So how can you pay for such a treatment? Here are a few places to start:
To find out more, request an evaluation from your dentist or an orthodontist to discuss treatment options and cost.