According to Oral B, more than 20 percent of people who wear braces are adults. Although this is a small portion of the overall braces-wearing population, it does break the stereotype of braces being just for kids — the truth is anyone, of any age, can benefit from braces if their teeth need it.
Adults may consider being fitted with braces for a range of reasons, including:
- Better affordability: Although some may still consider braces to be expensive, they are more affordable than ever before, as they are often accompanied by payment plans catered to the patient’s financial needs. At Upper Eastside Orthodontists, we provide our patients with many payment options, including Care Credit, paying all at once or paying in installments over time.
- Crooked or misaligned teeth from childhood: As an adolescent, many do not want to undergo a change that involves braces, electing to keep their crooked teeth instead. But as adults, concerns over appearance can become more important, requiring a change that can only be made with braces.
- Not wearing their braces properly the first time: For some, wearing some kinds of braces once isn’t enough. Some of those who wear braces don’t follow their guidelines properly or adhere to their aftercare instructions as they should. Due to this, treatment is not as effective and may need to happen again.
- Teeth shifting over time: Teeth can shift out of position over time, even if they were already remedied by braces before. If this happens, there are many options available that can help, including Invisalign, iBraces and traditional metal methods.
Want to learn more?
If you’re interested in learning more about adult braces, or which type would be the best for you, schedule an appointment with New York City orthodontist Dr. Tanya Vaysman today, or visit our website.