Dealing With Braces After Puberty

Most children go through braces when they are teenagers, and it is an extremely uncomfortable experience. For adults, this can be even more challenging simply because it is rare. If you are an adult who has committed to straightening their teeth, here are a few reasons not to let insecurities stand in the way:

Consider Invisalign: The Invisalign technology is much less obvious than traditional braces and may be used for adults in certain situations. However, your dentist or orthodontist should be the one to decide the best course of treatment depending on your dental history. You should also keep in mind that the Invisalign technology is more expensive and requires more discipline and care than braces.

Remember The Big Picture: You have committed to straightening your teeth for a reason. If your dentist recommends braces, then you may be uncomfortable for a short time, but you’ll have straight, beautiful teeth for a lifetime.

You’re An Adult, Remember That: Kids are easily influenced by peer pressure and the opinion of others. As an adult, you should know better than to let a bit of teasing or a snide remark get you down. After all, nobody can make you feel self-conscious or inferior unless you let them.

Alter Your Diet: If you are using braces, remember that you may need to alter your diet so you eat food that will not get stuck. You may want to consult with your dentist or orthodontist and figure out which foods should be avoided- especially in public. If you are using Invisalign technology, you will likely not need to make these changes.

Deciding to straighten your teeth is the first step. However, whether you use Invisalign or braces, you will need to commit to the process to achieve lasting results.