According to the Academy of General Dentistry, about one million Americans and Canadians over the age of 18 currently wear braces. In fact, at Pavlik Orthodontics close to 50% of our patients are adults! If you’ve been considering straightening your smile but keep finding reasons to put it off, Pavlik Orthodontics is here to help. Here are four very convincing reasons why adults should invest in braces.

  1. These aren’t your grandparents braces. Braces have come a long way since the days of clunky “metal mouth”! Today, brackets are much thinner and bands no longer wrap around your teeth. Both Invisalign and ceramic braces are popular because they are less noticeable and don’t draw embarrassing attention to your mouth. Wearing braces is less awkward, less painful and less time-consuming than it was when you were a child. So there’s no more room for excuses not to improve your smile!
  1. Your teeth may be on the move. Despite popular belief, adult teeth can move and shift in place just as much as those of a young person. Sometimes this is because of a health issue or injury, but more often it’s just natural growth over time. Even if you had straight teeth earlier in your life, you may now be looking at a crooked or overcrowded grin. If you’re less than thrilled with the way your teeth have shifted in your adult years, braces are an option you should consider.
  1. Orthodontic problems go beyond aesthetic concerns. Some adults resist the idea of getting braces because they simply aren’t bothered by the appearance of their crooked teeth. While this may show a strong sense of confidence and character, it also misses an important point with regard to oral health. Braces correct misalignments that can cause serious long-term detriment to your mouth. Additionally, if you have either misaligned teeth or a crossbite you run a much higher risk of building up harmful bacteria and plaque against your gums and between your teeth. This leads to gum disease and bad breath. Wouldn’t braces be a more appealing option?
  1. You can afford them now! Perhaps your parents didn’t realize the value of braces when you were a kid, or maybe they simply couldn’t afford to buy them for you. But now you’re an adult who can make the decision for yourself! Even if you don’t make enough money to pay for your braces strictly out of pocket, most dental insurance policies will cover part of the cost of your braces. And at Pavlik Orthodontics we also offer affordable monthly payment plans. Cost is no longer a barrier to achieving straight teeth and a happier smile.

If you are ready to take steps to improve your smile, Pavlik Orthodontics would love to help. Contact us to schedule a free consultation and see what braces option might be right for. It’s time to pursue the smile you’ve always dreamed of! (352) 376-5055