Are you deciding about getting braces as an adult? I understand, I’ve been there. Read up on Adult Braces and the pros, yes, just pros.
Let me tell you a story. A story of a little girl with straight teeth but horrible alignment. A girl who had braces at the age of 16 and again at the age of 36.
How fun, ya know?!?
The Brace Face Story
Growing up, my teeth were actually very straight. The problem was I had two extra teeth right by my front teeth. They fell in place with the other teeth, they were just smaller (baby) and looked odd next to my normal sized teeth. I also had a horrible cross bite.
We didn’t have much money growing up, so as I was in line after my sister to get braces, I had to wait until I was 16 to get them. That wasn’t too bad, as in those days, the average age was junior high to receive braces.
I was a typical teenage girl in that my appearance mattered more than just about anything. There was a great possibility the orthodontist would remove those two small extra teeth. I.was.horrified! Hello, the teeth were right in the front of my mouth. Everyone would see the big gaping holes pulling those two teeth would leave behind. Oh, the horror!
Well, much to my delight, the orthodontist decided to keep those baby teeth in. I’m not really sure why now, as they were so much weaker then the other teeth, but at the time I was thrilled. I could not imagine what could be more embarrassing then being 16 with holes in her mouth.
Well, I found out what is more embarrassing then being a 16 year old with holes in her mouth. A 36 year old with holes in her mouth.
That’s right, as I aged, and I didn’t (ahem!) wear my retainers, my teeth became out of alignment again. And those baby teeth? Those teeth were a constant form of worry. They because more wiggly and in danger of falling out with each passing year.
The danger of losing those teeth and the other problems I was having helped me to make one of the hardest decisions of my adult life: to get braces again.
You wouldn’t think it would be a life changing decision. I mean, just a little metal on the teeth for a couple of years right? It was so HARD! Not only was it a costly decision for this one income family but to walk around like an 8 year old with braces on my teeth? Holes in my mouth? Rubber bands to take out in the middle of church potlucks?
However, after much prayer, discussion with my husband and thought, I decided to get braces as an adult. Jumping to the end here: It was one of the best decisions I ever made for myself as an adult. Hands down.
If you need braces, here are the reasons you should consider it:
:: More confidence
I look back at the before pictures and I cringe. I’m not even sure I realized how bad they were until I got braces on as an adult. I didn’t even want to smile and show my teeth when we had our fourth child, Caleb. No close up pictures for me, thank you. Now I can smile with confidence.
:: The problems disappear
I don’t know what your teeth problems are, but as for me, I don’t have to worry those little teeth will fall out. It was a constant form of concern anytime a child would bump my mouth or I would eat something hard. I don’t have to worry anymore. It is such a blessing!
:: Your bite is more comfortable
I can close my mouth and my teeth fit right. Trust me when I say, it feels great.
:: Nobody is looking at your teeth when they meet your for the first time
Okay, look, nobody probably is looking at your teeth. The only people concerned with how your teeth look is you! I know, I was there. But you and I know you think everyone is looking at your mouth. I don’t have to think if people are thinking of my teeth. It goes back to confidence in yourself.
The cost of Adult Braces
It is expensive. When you have little ones at home needing food, clothing, school supplies and braces for themselves, it is so hard to spend money on Mom (or dad) right? I will be the first in line to get something for my children that they need, but for myself? It is so hard to justify the cost.
Look, I am in no way saying go in debt over adult braces. I am saying that if it is possible financially, you are worth the cost. Look into insurance. See what it covers. You may be surprised at what the coverage is. Save for a couple of years if you have to. Decide if your family can cover the cost. I say again, don’t go into debt. Your mouth may look better but your pocketbook won’t.
Types of Adult Braces
These are clear retainers you wear for a period of time that slowly move your teeth in position. They are costly and not for complicated cases like mine.
They are supposed to be not as noticeable, but honestly, they are. They are better then traditional braces but they are not invisible. Others will know you have braces. The braces also break a little easier than traditional brackets. They also stain easier.
This is the most common form of braces and what yours truly had. They are the most cost effective (aka cheapest).
Getting braces as an adult is not an easy decision. It involves money, time (for the appointments) and the overall factor of sporting metal for a couple of years. I want to assure you, when I was wearing my braces, I ran into multiple adults with braces as well. I don’t know if it was because I was looking for other brave souls like myself, but I would run into fellow braces wearers hiking, shopping and on walks. They were everywhere.
You will also get used to people doing a double take when you walk by. They will notice your braces. It may bother you at first; it did me. But after about 6 months, I didn’t care. In fact, I would forget I even had them on and wonder what they were looking at. 🙂
If you have any questions, feel free to email me at Faithfulfamilyliving@gmail.com. I would love to answer any questions you may have!