At McClaran Orthodontics, we believe you are never too old to achieve the smile of your dreams. There is no age limit on a beautiful and healthy smile, and braces are a time-tested corrective treatment that provides stellar results every time. If you are looking for an effective treatment under the care of an experienced orthodontist and specialized team, braces may be the right choice for you. Dr. McClaran isn’t a fairy godmother, but she can work magic on a smile in need. If you are an adult considering braces, we have all of the information you need to make an informed decision based on your lifestyle and needs.
How Much Do Braces Cost?
The cost of braces varies from patient to patient. The treatment price depends on how long the patient will need to be in braces based on how extensive their issues are that need attention.
At McClaran Orthodontics, we are passionate about helping people get the smile they deserve at a price they can afford. We want orthodontic treatment to be accessible to our entire community, and in pursuit of this, we have made extra efforts to reduce out-of-pocket costs. Our doctor and team have created various flexible financing plans that give patients options to choose what works best for them. We also work to partner with your insurance provider to get the support you need to get the treatment you need. Braces are an investment, and we want to give you a healthy, beautiful smile that doesn’t hurt your wallet.
Am I Too Old for Braces?
No! Braces are an investment into yourself. They have the obvious benefit of delivering gorgeous smiles that boost self-esteem and give you the confidence to face the world bravely. Many people say the first thing they notice about a person is their smile, so we work to give them something to remember. Beyond improved aesthetics, braces also provide better oral health. Overcrowding and misalignments can cause a variety of health issues that could be easily solved with corrective treatment. If your teeth overlap, they may not be cleaned properly, which could lead to problems like tooth decay or even loss. With braces, you can get your teeth straightened and nip issues such as this in the bud.
Why Should Adults Get Braces?
Your mouth changes as you get older. Bones and teeth shift, and as this happens, new issues arise. While you may have had braces as a teenager, there is still a possibility through an accident or genetics that you will need additional assistance maintaining your good oral health as you get older.
Braces have been around for years because they work. The treatment is a fan-favorite for consistently delivering amazing results without dramatically impacting lifestyles. There are no aligners to remember or forget. All you have to do is wear the appliance for one to two years and enjoy a lifetime of straight teeth and improved oral health. Our highly-skilled team is excited to begin this journey with you and can go more in-depth on all of the benefits of braces for adults during your first consultation.
What Type of Time Frame Am I Looking At?
No two treatment plans are alike, so no exact time frame can be given without consultation and observation. The time you spend in braces depends on how extensive your issues need attention and how long they take to correct. Typically, patients spend around one to two years in braces, but this is subject to change. Since adults have fully formed mouths and jaws, it may take longer to shift than a mouth that is still forming.
What Type of Braces Should I Get?
Braces are a good option for any candidate who is looking for a beautiful smile. Luckily, we have several options available so that you can decide which treatment works best for your lifestyle.
Traditional metal braces are the most classic style of braces. While they’ve been around for a long time, they haven’t stayed the same. Metal braces are still one of the more noticeable treatments, but they’ve been re-engineered to have a more sleek appearance with thinner wires and less bulky brackets. This way, you can get the results you want without anything clunky, taking up extra space in your mouth.
Ceramic or clear braces work similarly to traditional metal braces, but the brackets are clear instead of metal. This allows patients a little more discretion while still providing the tried-and-true results of traditional braces. While these braces are very popular, the ceramic brackets are not as sturdy as the metal alternative. This is why kids who are typically very hard on their teeth may not need clear braces, but they are perfect for an adult.
Self-ligating braces, or InBrace braces, consist of wires that attach to the back of your teeth instead of the front. Over time, they automatically begin to adjust your teeth, so you don’t have to come into the office frequently to have this manually done.