braces for adults

Braces as an Adult

Austin, TX – Just because you never had braces as child that doesn’t mean the window has passed on a perfect smile. More adults than ever are turning to orthodontic treatment. And while it may seem dauting embarking on orthodontic treatment as an adult, don’t worry – the experts at Pure Smiles Orthodontics are here to walk with you every step of the way. 

Understanding the Basics of Adult Orthodontics

So, what do you need to know about getting braces as an adult? Here is the low-down on orthodontic treatment in adulthood.

Initial Consultation

It all starts here, by simply visiting the orthodontist. Your initial consultation will be complimentary but provides both you and the orthodontist with everything you need to know. Through digital images, X-rays, and an exam, your orthodontist will determine if treatment is needed, and if so, what treatment options might be best suited to your issues. This is a time for you to discuss your smile goals and find the treatment best able to help in your individual case and best suits your individual needs.

Choosing Your Treatment

There are more options today than just traditional metal braces. While metal braces are still widely used because of their effectiveness and efficiency, you can also look at options such as lingual braces and Invisalign. Many adults prefer more discrete options, and these can provide the level of discretion you may be looking for. Lingual braces are metal braces that fit along the tongue side of the teeth, so they are completely invisible. Invisalign consists of a series of clear, comfortable, and removable aligners.

After you’ve had your initial consultation and decided on your treatment option, now begins the work. On average, adults can expect to be in treatment for anywhere from 18-36 months. The length of your treatment will depend on your specific issue. 

What do you need to think about once treatment has started?

Here are a few things that you need to know as an adult after getting braces.

Adjusting to Braces

Getting braces requires a period of adjustment, no matter how old you are when you start treatment. There may be some discomfort as your teeth start to shift, and if you opt for bracket and wire braces, you’ll need to make some dietary adjustments. In order to avoid damaging your brackets, you’ll want to avoid foods that are too hard, sticky, chewy, or crunchy. 

Maintaining Oral Hygiene

It’s important to take proper care of your smile, especially while in orthodontic treatment. We recommend creating a braces care kit to keep with you at all times. Make sure you have floss and a toothbrush and toothpaste so you can care for your smile at work or at school. Flossing with traditional braces can be tricky, so ask about floss threaders and/or Waterpiks to help.

Consider Lifestyle Adjustments

Braces do have an impact on your daily life, especially in the beginning as you are getting used to them. If you’ve opted for Invisalign, it’s important to remember to wear your aligners as directed by your orthodontist. Compliance is key to keeping your treatment on track and as an adult with the busy life we all have it sometimes can be challenging but the reward makes it all worthwhile.

How Much Adult Braces Cost in Austin, TX

The cost of adult braces in Austin, TX, can vary depending on several factors including the type of braces you choose, the complexity of your treatment, and the length of time you’ll need to wear them. On average, traditional metal braces can range from $3,000 to $7,000. If you’re considering more discreet options like lingual braces or Invisalign, you might expect to pay a bit more, with costs typically between $4,000 and $8,000. It’s important to remember that many orthodontic offices offer flexible payment plans and financing options to help manage the expense, also your dental insurance company can cover part of this cost as well. During your initial consultation, our team will provide a detailed breakdown of the costs associated with your treatment plan, ensuring you have a clear understanding of your investment in a healthier, straighter smile.

Getting braces in adulthood can have a positive impact on your life, but it can take a bit of getting used to while you’re in treatment. But the positives far outweigh the negatives, and in no time, you’ll have a straighter, healthier smile to show off.