Debunking Myths About Adult Braces

What’s the first thing you think of when you think of orthodontic treatment? If you’re like most people, it’s probably a teenager wearing braces. While it’s true that many of our orthodontic patients are teens, treatment can actually be beneficial to patients of all ages! Whether you’re 7 or 70 there’s never a bad time to work on improving your smile. As a matter of fact, more adults than ever before are exploring orthodontics as a way to achieve a straighter, healthier smile. Today, about 1 in every 5 patients undergoing orthodontic treatment is over the age of 18. We’re debunking common myths about adult braces.

If you’ve spent years feeling self-conscious about your smile or how your teeth look or function, now is the perfect time to start your smile transformation. At Grubaugh Orthodontics, our goal is to give you the smile you deserve! We’re proud to offer multiple treatment options that can correct a wide range of orthodontic issues, including traditional braces. Today’s braces are more comfortable, efficient, and affordable than ever, but many patients still have their reservations about using them. This is oftentimes because of misconceptions formed in the past. 

If you’ve been looking into orthodontic treatment, but are hesitant to consider braces as an option, you’ve come to the right place! Keep reading below as we’re debunking some common myths about braces and highlight why they continue to be our most popular treatment option, year after year!

Myth #1: Braces are just for kids

This couldn’t be further from the truth! You’ve never too old to take advantage of all the benefits orthodontic treatment has to offer. The older we get, the more we begin to understand the ways our oral health is connected to our overall health. This leads many people to take better care of their teeth and gums, which may include seeking dental care or orthodontic treatment. 

Many adults have crooked teeth, over or underbites, incorrect jaw positioning or other issues that were never addressed as a child. Others are simply looking to improve their smile for cosmetic reasons. Whatever your reason for seeking treatment as an adult, braces can give you a straighter, more confident smile!

Myth #2: Braces will make be make you even more self-conscious about your smile

If you’re already feeling insecure about your teeth, the last thing you want is to draw even more attention to them! Many people are concerned that’s exactly what will happen if you get braces. However, thanks to modern technology, that’s no longer something to worry about! There are multiple treatment options available to adult patients that offer a subtle solution for your smile. For a complete smile makeover, Grubaugh Orthodontics offers the following options:

Traditional metal braces

Metal braces are consistently one of our most popular and efficient treatments. Typically made of high-quality stainless steel, modern metal braces are much more comfortable and lighter than they used to be. They’re also customizable, with a variety of fun colored bands to choose from to add a little personal flair to your smile! These braces deliver high-quality, long-lasting results, and are especially useful in cases that are more severe or complicated.

Clear braces

Also known as ceramic or tooth-colored braces, these function the same way metal braces do. However, they provide patients with the additional benefit of semi-translucent or tooth-colored ceramic brackets. Both options blend in well with your natural smile.  The brackets are about the same size and shape as metal braces, but much less noticeable. When paired with clear, white, or tooth-colored wires and elastic ties, they are an incredibly subtle way to straighten your smile. This makes them an especially attractive choice for our adult patients.

Invisalign clear aligner therapy

The Invisalign system consists of a series of removable plastic trays that fit over the teeth and gently move them into the desired positions over time. These customized aligners are replaced with the next in the series every 1-2 weeks to keep up with the movement of your teeth. Invisalign allows patients a bit more freedom and flexibility than fixed braces since the aligners can be removed when eating or drinking. It also makes maintaining an oral hygiene routine much simpler since patients brush and floss as they normally would.  


Myth #3: Braces will be painful

Fortunately, with the help of modern orthodontic treatment, we’re able to move the teeth far more gently and effectively than in the past. Braces in general are more comfortable than they’ve ever been, and although you may occasionally experience a little discomfort as outlined below, these minor issues are usually easy to take care of with a little know-how and preparation. 

General mouth irritation

Non-specific irritation in your cheeks, lips, or gums isn’t uncommon over the course of your treatment. Orthodontic wax is an easy way to get some relief! First, dry the bracket or wire completely, then pinch off a small amount of wax and roll it into a ball. Flatten this ball and then gently but firmly place it over the source of irritation.

Protruding wires

Occasionally, a wire may come loose and irritate the inside of your mouth. This can be fixed with an ordinary pencil by using the eraser end to nudge it back against the teeth until it flattens out. You can also place a piece of orthodontic wax over the wire to reduce irritation and provide extra stability.

Loose brackets

Let us know as soon as possible if you find you have a loose bracket. This way, we can work together to determine what the best next steps would be for you and your treatment. If you feel comfortable, you can try sliding the bracket back along the wire to the center of the tooth until you can make it into the office. Place orthodontic wax over the bracket to add some extra stability. 

Tenderness in your mouth or gums

You may have some slight tenderness immediately after your braces are put on, or following adjustment appointments. A saltwater rinse is an excellent home remedy that can be beneficial for braces patients. To relieve soreness, mix one teaspoon of salt in 8 ounces of warm water, then swish it around your mouth for about 30 seconds.

A warm washcloth or a warm heating pad placed on the outside of your jaw can also offer you some relief. Over-the-counter pain relievers are another useful remedy, just be sure to check with Dr. Grubaugh first!

Myth #4: Braces are too expensive

Since the benefits of orthodontic treatment can last a lifetime, the investment of time and finances is well worth it. Here at Grubaugh Orthodontics, you’ll never have to worry about any hidden costs. We won’t start any treatment without first going over the costs with you. During your free consultation, we’ll outline everything included in your treatment plan, including:

  • all appointments, including emergency visits
  • braces or aligners
  • retainers
  • post-treatment follow-up visits

Our treatment fees reflect our skillful technique, the quality of the technology we use, and the world-class service we provide to all our patients. We know what a big investment orthodontic treatment can be, and our office will work with you to find a payment option to fit your family’s budget! We offer no interest, in-office financing, and also accept cash, check, credit cards, debit cards, and automatic monthly payment options. If you have dental insurance that covers orthodontics, we will be happy to verify your orthodontic benefits and process your insurance forms for you.


Get the beautiful smile you’ve always wanted with braces by Grubaugh Orthodontics

No matter your age, braces are a great option for straightening your teeth and improving your oral health. By choosing an experienced orthodontist like Dr. Grubaugh, you can be certain you’re receiving only the best treatment for your unique smile! Our expert team will provide you with a rewarding orthodontic experience that’s positive and stress-free from your start to finish! If you’re ready to take the first step towards making your smile happen, get in touch with us today to schedule your FREE consultation.