Many adults settle for crooked teeth or an imperfect smile because they believe they have no orthodontic options to correct these issues. There are several different reasons people reject the idea of wearing braces as an adult, most of which should not be concerns at all. Here are some of the misconceptions about adult braces we often hear at our office:

Misconception #1: Braces Are Only for Children and Teenagers

It may surprise many people to learn that one in every five patients in orthodontic treatment is an adult. The idea that your smile can only be changed when you are very young is completely wrong. Just as it’s never too late to improve your physical fitness or nutrition habits, there is no age limit for improving your oral health or the appearance of your smile. We have treated patients in their 50’s, 60’s and even 70’s with great results. Adults can achieve the same benefits from braces as children or teenagers do including: aligned teeth, a more comfortable bite and the ability to brush and floss properly.

Misconception #2: Adult Braces Are Embarrassing

The word braces can automatically trigger images of awkward middle school students with brightly coloured metal covering their teeth, however, technology in orthodontics has come a long way from the head gear of the past. There are now several options for adults who want to correct their smiles while maintaining a mature and professional look during the process. Invisalign treatment involves a series of clear aligners which straighten teeth without the use of metal or wires and are nearly invisible. Incognito braces are customized brackets placed behind the teeth designed to deliver high quality results while being completely hidden from view. Clear ceramic braces work in much the same way as traditional metal braces, but provide a more subtle appearance with a colour very similar to that of a patient’s teeth.

Misconception #3: Braces Are More Painful for Adults

It is a common myth that orthodontic treatment will be more painful for adults since their teeth have already been in a certain position for so many years. In fact, adults undergoing treatment report the same level of soreness as children. Adults and children are typically most uncomfortable in the first 24 hours after an orthodontic adjustment and the discomfort normally disappears within three to five days. Patients who had braces as a child and remember the process being painful will be pleased to learn modern techniques and new technology are more efficient and cause less pressure on the teeth resulting in a more positive experience overall.

If you have been considering adult braces to achieve a beautiful smile, make chewing more comfortable or improve your overall oral health, we hope this information has helped to ease some of your concerns. Adult braces are effective, aesthetically pleasing, and cause a minimal amount of discomfort. We encourage you to read more about the benefits of adult braces and available treatment options on our website, or give us a call at 613-722-8500 to ask questions or set up an appointment.