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Debunking Myths About Adults Getting Braces

Updated: 14 hours ago

A LOT OF ADULTS believe (incorrectly) that they missed their chance at having straight teeth because they didn’t get braces in their teens. In the last few decades, the number of adults benefiting from orthodontic treatment has risen dramatically. As your South San Francisco dentists we're here to debunk all of your excuses for not getting orthodontic treatment that could give you the smile you’ve always wanted.

“But It’s Too Late to Move My Teeth”

It’s true that shifting teeth into their proper position is easier for an adolescent patient, but there isn’t an upper age limit to orthodontic treatment. Adults even have a major advantage over teens: the self-discipline of maturity. Adults are often better at following the orthodontist’s instructions, which helps their treatment go smoother.

“But My Crooked Teeth Aren’t Causing Problems”

Someone who’s always had crooked teeth might not see the advantage of orthodontic treatment, but straight teeth aren’t just about looks, they also mean improved oral and overall health. It’s easier to clean straight teeth, and it’s easier to speak clearly with them. It’s even easier to chew effectively and breathe deeply. Crooked teeth can cause difficulties for every function teeth serve, and those can worsen over time as teeth can become more crooked over time!

For more details, check out the video below on the health benefits of straightening crooked teeth:

“But I’ll Look Unprofessional With Braces”

Some adults who want straighter teeth might be hesitating to get braces because they worry that they will look immature or unprofessional during their treatment. It’s unfortunate that we associate braces with immaturity so much as a culture, but there are low-profile options for patients who don’t want to broadcast their treatment to the world, such as invisible aligners and clear ceramic braces. There are great ways to get straight teeth without a mouthful of obvious hardware!

Clear aligners are barely noticeable and removable for a more discreet and comfortable option

Tooth colored ceramic braces are less noticeable than metal braces

“But Braces Are Expensive”

Orthodontic treatment does cost more than a typical dental appointment, but it’s a real investment in your future, saving you the price tag of all the expenses or problems that may come with crooked teeth or a bad bite over time. If budgeting is a concern, schedule a consultation with us and we can work together to find the most affordable option. We also offer 0% interest-free financing available through CareCredit so you can pay for treatment in lower monthly installments.

Leave Those Braces Excuses in 2021

The year is almost over! What better way is there to welcome the new one than by leaving braces excuses behind and making a plan for a healthier, properly aligned smile? With our in-house orthodontist, dentist for braces, you don't have to go anywhere else to straighten your smile. We’re really looking forward to helping you achieve the smile of your dreams.


The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.


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