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What To Know Before Getting Adult Orthodontic Treatment

If you are not happy with your teeth or bite positioning, orthodontic treatment is a fantastic option. Many who did not go through treatment during childhood or adolescence may be reluctant to get braces. However, even for adults, orthodontics can be very effective. That being said, orthodontic treatments are often expensive, and it's important to consider treatment carefully. Here are three things that you need to know before you seek out an orthodontist.

It's More Than Just Braces

The first thing that you should know about orthodontic treatment is that it can include more than just braces. Different kinds of orthodontic appliances may be required to get the results you desire. Fixed appliances, like many types of braces, are bonded to the teeth for the duration of the treatment. Other types of orthodontic appliances are not bonded to the teeth. Removable appliances, like clear plastic aligners, expanders, splints, and headgear, may also be part of your treatment. Retainers are frequently used after braces or other orthodontic treatments to keep the teeth in place. 

Good Oral Hygiene Is Essential

Before going through orthodontic treatment as an adult, you need to know that healthy teeth and gums are essential. Orthodontic appliances can make brushing and flossing more challenging. Because of this, you may end up being more prone to dental decay if you don't practice good oral hygiene during treatment. Even though it may take you a little longer to brush and floss, maintaining healthy habits during this time is essential. Before orthodontic treatment, you'll also want to make sure that your teeth are free from decay.

How Much It Will Cost

When seeking out orthodontics as an adult, you need to consider how much your treatment will cost and whether you can afford it. How much you pay will depend on your treatment plan and the orthodontic appliances used for your treatment. Braces cost, on average, $5,000 to $6,000. You may end up paying as little as $3,000, or your costs may amount to $10,000 or more. Dental insurance may cover some costs, but you will most likely be on the hook for most of the expenses.

When it comes to orthodontic treatment as an adult, there are a few things that you need to know. First, orthodontic treatment may require appliances other than just braces. Various treatment methods may work to align your teeth. Next, orthodontic appliances can increase your chances of dental decay, so good oral hygiene is essential.

If you have any questions, consider reaching out to a local orthodontics office. They'll be able to help provide treatment plans and advice.