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Never Too Old to Smile: Learning About Braces for Adults

Let's play a game. Close your eyes and note what the first two words are when you think of adult braces. Awkward? Brace face? A mouth full of metal?
A lot of people don't understand why people get braces for adults, but we don't understand why people don't. If you're unhappy with your smile, there's never been a better time to change it.
Learn more about why braces are a good choice later in life below.
[b]Braces for Adults: Aren't I Too Old?[/b]
No - you're not too old. Most of us get braces when we're younger, just because it's easier to fix teeth that just came in (adult teeth). We also give braces to[url=https://www.givology.org/~rfstreet/blog/5750/] younger people[/url] more often, because we want to set them up for smile confidence in life.
But your smile confidence is just as important as an adult. And just because your teeth have been this way for decades, doesn't mean you can't change them now.
In fact, getting adult braces is better than it's ever been. You have more choices when it comes to the actual braces, and it can treat/prevent serious oral health and jaw issues.
Your insurance may even cover some of the costs, which gives you no excuse than to at least [url=http://moodyortho.com/choose-austin-orthodontist/]learn more[/url] about getting braces for adults.
[b]Benefits of Adult Braces[/b]
You may be wondering if your adult teeth after braces will have a good life-ROI. To put it differently, is it worth fixing your teeth later in life?
The answer is yes, there's not an age where healthy teeth don't matter. From your bite alignment to your ability to chew food, here are some reasons to invest in braces.
[b]1. You'll Save Money in the Long Run[/b]
When your teeth are better aligned (after braces) it's easier to take good care of them. You won't have any crevices you can't get a brush into or teeth that are too close together to floss.
Being able to take care of all your teeth, even the problematic ones, keeps cavities and other problems from arising. And as you get older, those procedures are harder to take off work for and there's more chance of something going wrong.
Think of braces as preventative care for your future.
[b]2. You Can Afford Them Now[/b]
A lot of people who needed braces as a teen didn't get them because their parents couldn't afford them. That's not their fault, our parents did the best they could.
But now, whether your insurance covers them, you can pay out of pocket, or you're financing, now the ball is in your court.
Invest in yourself. You don't know how much confidence you're missing out on if you're uncomfortable with your smile. If you've seen the latest season of Queer Eye (3), think of how happy the Jones sister was once she fixed her smile.
Your happiness and confidence are worth it!
[b]3. You Could Avoid TMJ[/b]
If you've gone through your whole life without braces, you may be on your way to developing TMJ, which is a jaw/joint disorder. When your teeth/bite isn't aligned correctly, it changes the amount of pressure on your jaw.
Over time, that increased pressure strains your jaw's joints and can become achingly painful. A bad case of TMJ makes it hurt to eat, and can cause chronic headaches.
Getting braces (at any age) can help you avoid developing TMJ later in life. If you suspect you have it already, braces are one form of treatment.
[b]4. People Will Take You More Seriously[/b]
We can't stress how much a newly aligned smile can do for your confidence. There is even [url=https://blog.simplyhired.com/jobsearch/career/the-importance-of-smiling-during-a-job-interview/]some data[/url] that shows employers will hire people who smile more over other people.
It's great for your dating life if you're getting back out there after a divorce and the more you smile, the more other people will smile back.
[b]5. Braces are Better Than Ever[/b]
Now, in 2019, you have more choices for braces than anyone ever has had. You have the traditional metal braces, you have clear braces with wires, and then there are the Invisalign-type invisible braces.
With the invisible, removable braces trays, you can eat whatever you want. There's no trouble brushing and flossing around wires, either. Your life doesn't have to change because you're trying to align your teeth.
It's fair to say that your invisible aligners align to your life, not the other way around.
There's never been a better time to want to straighten your teeth and not let anyone know you're doing it.
Now, some insurances even cover the cost of braces - no matter your age. It's at least worth getting a consultation.
[b]6. You Can Finance[/b]
Now, most orthodontist offices offer some sort of financing plan. So you can make your braces a reality, by paying month to month or splitting the payments.
Obviously, it depends on what your ortho offers, but it's just another way to make a new smile a reality.
There are even completely online services that will keep you from ever setting foot in an orthodontists office. It's like getting a monthly subscription, but for your teeth.
[b]Making Your Smile a Reality[/b]
When people are happy, they smile around 50 times a day. Comparatively, children smile over [url=https://buffer.com/resources/the-science-of-smiling-a-guide-to-humans-most-powerful-gesture]400 times a day[/url].
We can't change your age or even make you feel younger, but braces for adults can help you increase those smile numbers.
If you want to be seen as happier and more approachable, smiling more can help you do that. Obviously, you don't have to smile all the time - but it can actually trick your brain into thinking you're happy.
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