When you’re an adult with a less-than-perfect smile, your crooked bite, known as a malocclusion, can leave you uncertain of what decision you should make on how to correct or improve your smile.
On one hand, you’re too embarrassed with your teeth to feel comfortable smiling, laughing and talking. On the other hand, the idea of getting adult braces can seem completely daunting.
While you want to consider any drawbacks you’ll experience with orthodontic treatment, you also need to evaluate the benefits you’ll enjoy.
If you’re struggling to make a decision about your orthodontic treatment, here are 4 tips for overcoming your fear of adult braces.
Choosing adult braces can become more and more difficult the further away you are from your teen years. You may feel as if you’re beyond the age of straightening your teeth or enjoying the benefits of a beautiful smile.
However, the key to overcoming this fear is recognising that it’s never too late for orthodontic treatment. Numerous other adults have corrected their malocclusions and are experiencing the freedom that comes from a straight smile.
(To be inspired by real-life stories, check out this article featuring four individuals who straightened their teeth as adults.)
Another way to reconcile your fear of adult braces with your dream of a glowing smile is to recognise that adult braces are temporary.
No matter which orthodontic option you choose, your adult braces won’t last forever. Even if your treatment continues for a few years, there will be a day where you’ll no longer need regular trips to your orthodontist’s office.