Welcome to Frequently Asked Questions: Adult Orthodontic Patients (tm) part 3

Contents: How do I get Stylish Braces(tm)? Can I still kiss with braces? What will my spouse, boyfriend, girlfriend think about my getting braces? Can orthodontic treatment be done on all adults? Do some orthodontists specialize on adults?

How do I get Stylish Braces(tm)?

Talk to your orthodontist. He can get them for you.

How much extra should it cost to get modern, designer braces(tm)?

Surprisingly little. Orthocosmetic braces, Outrageous Braces (tm) or Gold Designer Braces(tm) cost the orthodontist about $50 to $100 more than standard braces. Sapphire braces cost $100-200 more. Most orthodontist mark up the prices slightly, since designer braces sometimes take slightly longer to put on. Still, the cost is a minor fraction of the cost of orthodontic treatment.

Can I still kiss with braces?

It matters what kind of braces you get. With old fashioned clunky braces, it is sometimes uncomfortable to kiss. Most orthodontic manufacturers now make smaller braces which make kissing comfortable.

What will my spouse, boyfriend, girlfriend think about my getting braces?

Hmm, this is difficult because only you know your spouse. Most adults realize how important orthodontics is, and they will support your decision to take care of yourself. With alternatives like Clear Braces and Stylish Braces you will look great and be able participate in most of your normal activities.

Can orthodontic treatment be done on all adults?

Unfortunately, no. Some adults have gums which have receded so much that orthodontic treatment cannot be done. Other adults have shallow roots from years of abuse. If your mouth has been really abused, it is sometimes impossible for you to get orthodontic treatment. Still, you should contact your orthodontist to be sure.

Do some orthodontists specialize on adults?

Yes, but is not necessary to go to a specialist for an adult to get treatment. Today, all board certified orthodontists are trained how to treat adult patients. The one thing to watch out for is that some orthodontists try to rush adult cases, so that they finish as quickly as teenage cases. While teenagers can get their braces tightened every 2-4 weeks, an a patient in their 50's probably should not have their braces tightened any more often than every 3-6 weeks. If your orthodontist tries to rush it, tell him or her to slow down.

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