King Orthodontics Blog

Braces as an Adult: 5 Common Excuses for Avoiding Orthodontic Treatment

As you may already know, braces provide a wide range of benefit to children, teens, and adults. Benefits such as straighter teeth and a properly aligned bite can provide you with a more confident smile and help to increase your self-esteem.

Although these are all great benefits, many time adult patients are apprehensive about getting braces for fear of being embarrassed or uncomfortable. These fears are entirely normal, but it is essential to overcome these obstacles rather than depriving yourself of a confident, healthy smile.

Five Common Excuses for Avoiding Braces5 Common Excuses for Avoiding Orthodontic Treatment

It will affect my professional image.

With all the new orthodontic technology, even with fixed, traditional braces, you don’t have to worry about having a mouth full of noticeable metal. With products like Invisalign, you can wear clear plastic aligners to correct your smile without anyone noticing.

Braces will make me look like a teenager.

Kids aren’t the only people who benefit from braces. It is common for adults to seek orthodontic treatment later in life, and with a variety of discreet options such as clear Clarity Braces and clear plastic aligners from Invisalign, you can gain a more confident smile more discreetly.

I’m too old to get braces.

Braces do not have an age cap, and if you are in good oral health and have good bone structure, you could get braces in your 70s or 80s. Although older patients have more crowns, bridges, and other dental work to deal with, King Orthodontics has the experience to work around these challenges and provide you with the orthodontic treatment you need for a healthier smile.

It will be too hard to brush, eat, or talk with braces.

Braces do take some getting used to, and you may have to adjust your oral hygiene routine, but braces will have a minimal impact on your daily life. Clear aligners, like Invisalign™, can be removed for eating, brushing, and flossing, making cleaning your teeth or enjoying your favorite foods easier.

It will take too long to get results. 

With advancements in orthodontic technology, you can now achieve a healthier more confident smile, faster than ever before. Depending on how severe your dental issues are, you may only need to wear your braces for about two years. Options like Invisalign only last about 12 months for most adults.

Contact King Orthodontics today to learn more about our the variety of braces available and how we can help you get a healthier, more confident smile!

Pittsburgh's Most Confident Smiles

Excellence In Service

I have 4 children who are patients of King Orthodontics and we always look forward to our visits. The atmosphere is relaxing and the staff is kind, & courteous. To top it off, we have never had to wait more than 10 minutes or so! Dr. King... and Dr. Bryan, are kind and knowledgeable and easily accessible too. I can’t say enough about this practice!

Elizabeth K, Monroeville PA

I just wanted to take a minute to write and let you know what a wonderful addition Dr. DeMiria is to your office. I was in twice this week and saw Dr. DeMiria on Monday for the first time. She is absolutely wonderful - just so nice and she really seems to be invested in her patients. The entire staff at Wexford office is wonderful and Dr. DeMiria is just icing on the cake.

Jen R, Pittsburgh PA

I absolutely love King Orthodontics!! The staff are so friendly and actually care about you and your teeth. Almost everyone who works there knows you by name which is very uncommon for a place with so many patients. It is so worth the hour drive it takes me to get there. I would highly recommend King Orthodontics to anyone!!!!!

Andrew G, Midland PA