Picture this: Grant has a decent smile. He’s more-or-less happy with it. It won’t win him any awards, but that’s ok. His teeth don’t need serious work. But they could use some improvement. However, the problem is that Grant is 37. He’s too old for braces…right? Grant could easily get help at Champlain Orthodontics. If he walked into either our St. Albans or Williston offices, he would learn at least 4 good reasons to get adult braces.
What Can Adult Braces Do For You?
Reason #1: Improved Physiological Well-being
Proper brushing and flossing contribute to oral health. But they aren’t magic. If teeth are out of alignment, brushing and flossing may not be able to resolve the problem. Misshapen teeth create nooks and crannies in which plaque festers. If left untreated, excess plaque can lead to sore or bleeding gums, pain in the jaw, and headaches.
But the physical ailments don’t stop with oral hygiene. Especially later in life, irregularly shaped teeth can complicate our ability to chew food. This means that a task as simple as eating has now become a choking hazard. And what’s worse, swallowing unchewed food can cause severe abdominal discomfort.
Reason #2: More Self-Confidence
An improved smile doesn’t just change how you look. It alters how you feel about yourself. Adult braces can influence how you perceive your own face. The American Association of Orthodontists estimates that nearly 2 million adults receive orthodontic treatment. At our St. Albans or Williston locations, many patients are over the age of 18. But Champlain Orthodontics wants our clients to think beyond numbers. That figure represents people with fuller lives. Whether at yourself in the mirror or a passing stranger, smiling elevates your confidence. Visit us in person to find out why changing lives is our forte!
Reason #3: A Beautiful Smile = A Beautiful Mind
Still not convinced that orthodontic intervention is right for you? Changing your smile can change your life. And that means much more than rearranging teeth. Adult braces can decrease anxiety and depression and boost overall mental health. Furthermore, if you like your smile, you’ll want to show it off. Smiling makes your brain pump out neurotransmitters like serotonin and dopamine. These neurotransmitters influence your motivation and sense of well-being. And guess what? People who feel good about themselves smile more! Champlain Orthodontics wants to help you tap into this kind of healthy feedback loop.
Reason #4: Even the Price is Something to Smile About
Our team understands how hard it can be to obtain care for ourselves and our families. Above, we mentioned that technology had provided us with more options to serve you. In addition, orthodontic remedies are more affordable now than they have been in the past. For adults, braces might be the first line of defense. As a result, they are a less expensive option.
Dr. Ryan and Dr. Eaton have resolved to never recommend anything a client doesn’t need. We’re happy to work with you to design a payment plan that fits your budget. Have insurance questions? No problem! We can work with your insurance company to ensure you get the best possible outcome.
What Kinds of Braces Work for Adults?
Our doctors will speak with you directly to determine which treatment option you need. Here are some of the possibilities you may come across.
What if you had braces that you could remove whenever you wanted (within Dr. Ryan and Dr. Eaton’s guidance, of course)? Our team uses clear, lightweight plastic aligners by Invisalign®. They offer the wearer much more comfort and convenience than conventional braces. In general, you’ll wear your aligner for 9-15 months and will use between 18 – 30 sets. We recommend keeping the aligner on for 22 hours a day.
You may also hear clear braces referred to as ceramic, tooth-colored, or aesthetic. This is because they are designed to blend in with the teeth. Clear braces empower you to continue your daily routine without fretting about your appearance. They are more discreet and less obvious than metal braces. As a general rule, our doctors recommend clear braces for most adults.
An oldie, but a goldie! This is the image most people have when they think of “braces.” They’ve earned something of a stigma over the years, but Champlain Orthodontics intends to change that. Modern metal braces have lighter wires and sleeker brackets. For you, this means less pain and irritation. Our braces are compact and comfortable. A major advantage of metal braces is that they can potentially shorten the duration of your treatment.
Champlain Orthodontics Corners the Market on Adult Braces
Our team isn’t just in the business of fixing teeth. He wants to help people. To that end, consider that braces aren’t just for young folks. Your smile is not a lost cause. You deserve to feel good about yourself. And there’s no time like the present to give yourself such a gift.
Champlain Orthodontics offers braces for people of all ages. If you’re like Grant, remember that it’s not too late to have a smile you’re proud of. Adults can wear braces too; they aren’t just for kids. Calling all adults! Let Dr. Ryan and Dr. Eaton fit you with braces today! Visit us here for a free consult. Unsure about an in-person appointment? Not an issue! Schedule