FAQ About Adult Braces

Oak Park, IL – A beautiful smile can help you greet the world with confidence, and people who smile more have lower stress levels than those who don’t. But if you hide your smile because you’re embarrassed by your crooked or crowded grin, there’s good news – it’s not too late to get the smile of your dreams.


Let’s answer some common questions about adult orthodontics.

1. Aren’t braces just for teenagers?
No! Patients of all ages can benefit from orthodontic treatment, and it’s never too late to get started. Today, one in five orthodontic patients is actually an adult. There are more than one million adults in orthodontic treatment today.

2. Why should I choose orthodontic treatment?
Many people believe orthodontics is only about improving cosmetics, but that’s simply not the case. A mouth that is full of crooked and crowded teeth is harder to keep clean, which makes you more susceptible to decay and gum disease. Improving your smile can improve your oral health, but may also ease other problems, such as headaches and earaches that you didn’t even realize were associated with your poorly aligned bite.

3. How is orthodontic treatment different for adults?
Adults receive the same benefits from orthodontic treatment – a beautifully straight and properly functioning smile, and increased self-confidence. But there are some things that may be a bit different. Adolescents have the benefit of a growing jaw to aid in tooth movement. Because an adult jaw has stopped growing, orthodontic treatment may take longer, and in patients with small jaws that can’t adequately accommodate all of the teeth, jaw surgery may be required to achieve the ideal results.

4. How long will treatment last?
The length of your treatment will depend on the extent of your issue, as well as how your teeth respond to the treatment. On average, adults spend between 18 and 36 months in treatment.

5. What types of braces are available?
The good news is, there are more options than ever before to help you get to the smile you’ve always wanted.

  • Metal braces are sleeker and more efficient than ever before, making the wires and brackets less noticeable. These are the most common and get beautiful results.
  • Clear ceramic braces work the same as metal braces, but the brackets blend in with the color of the teeth, making them less noticeable to others.
  • Lingual braces adhere to the tongue side of teeth, making them invisible to others.
  • Invisalign consists of a series of clear aligners that are removable. The aligners gently guide teeth to their locations, and are virtually invisible.

6. How will braces interfere with my life?
While in orthodontic treatment, you’ll most likely need to make some adjustments. For instance, if you choose metal or ceramic braces, you’ll need to avoid certain foods so you don’t damage the brackets and wires. You may experience some difficulty with speaking or chewing in the first few days after your braces are put on. No matter what orthodontic treatment you choose, you’ll need to pay close attention to your oral hygiene throughout treatment. But the benefits that will accompany the completion of your treatment will far outweigh the minor and temporary annoyances that may go along with treatment.

7. How much do braces cost?
According to CostHelper.com the average cost of braces in the U.S. without insurance is $4,937. With insurance, the average cost is $3,407. Most orthodontists will have flexible payment plans available to ensure treatment can fit into budget.

8. How do I know if I could benefit from braces, and what type to choose?
Visit an orthodontist for a free consultation to learn more about how braces can help you, and what the best treatment for your issue is. To schedule a consultation with the experts at Battistoni and Beam Orthodontics, call 708-848-5900 (Oak Park office) or 708-352-4500 (La Grange office).

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