In the last two decades, there has been a 39% increase in adults getting braces. This is because technology has made braces more comfortable to wear and made them less noticeable on the teeth. The Wall Street Journal explains when it is time to get braces for adults.
Braces require a time commitment.
They take an average of 22 to 23 months to work. Most kinds of braces require periodic visits to the orthodontist to get the braces tightened. It’s the gradual tightening that helps to realign the teeth into a beautiful smile.
Adult braces cost several thousand dollars. This cost can often be spread out over years of small monthly payments to your credit card company or a loan company that may work with your orthodontist.
There are many reasons for adults to get braces. Some people have bites that exert such uneven pressure on their teeth that some of their teeth keep getting damaged. Some people want to look better for their careers. Still, others want to feel better about how they look. It is never too late to get braces. Even people well into their eighties get the smile they always wanted with the help of braces.