4 Tips for Overcoming Your Fear of Adult Braces
June 29th, 2017

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.

  1. Recognise It’s Never Too Late to Correct Your Malocclusion

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.)

  1. Acknowledge That Adult Braces Are Temporary

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.

  1. Focus on the Long-Term Benefits

Another way to overcome your fear of orthodontic treatment is to focus on the long-term benefits of having straight teeth. Once you’ve reached your goal, you’ll enjoy…

  • Smiling freely for pictures, selfies and video recordings.
  • No longer thinking about your malocclusion as you talk with others.
  • Interacting with strangers with increased confidence.
  • Laughing without worrying about your crooked teeth.
  • Avoiding food becoming caught between your misaligned teeth.

The more you focus on your future results, the less intimidating adult braces will seem.

  1. Consider Other Orthodontic Treatment Options

One of the easiest ways to overcome your hesitancy of adult braces is to consider alternatives to traditional metal braces. In reality, your reluctance to pursue treatment may come from knowing that metal braces mean…

  • Experiencing self-consciousness and embarrassment from conspicuous brackets and archwires.
  • Having to spend inordinate amounts of time to clean your teeth and avoid tooth decay.
  • Undergoing adjustments at your orthodontist’s office.
  • Skipping the foods you love most to ensure you don’t damage your braces.

The good news is you can get adult braces without experiencing any of these problems. The solution is Invisalign clear aligners.

Invisalign clear aligners are an ideal orthodontic treatment for older individuals who want to straighten their teeth without the hassles of traditional braces.

With Invisalign, you’ll be able to interact with others without embarrassment thanks to your almost-invisible aligners that are made of an elastic, yet durable, plastic material. On top of that, you’ll easily remove your aligners for cleaning your teeth and enjoying all your favorite foods!

End your hesitancy of adult braces, and conveniently align your teeth with Invisalign. To see if Invisalign can correct your malocclusion, schedule a free Smile Evaluation with your local MiSmile Invisalign provider.

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