Putting Off Braces: Stop Making Excuses

a girl with braces

It is always easy to find reasons or make excuses when you don’t want to do something. But when it comes to taking care of your teeth, like getting braces, you should never justify why it is okay to neglect your smile. This is especially true if your teeth are crooked and are affecting your personal, social, and professional life.

Montano & Cardall Orthodontic Specialists and other orthodontists share the common excuses for putting off the treatment:

Braces are expensive.

I cannot afford them. While braces are not cheap, this does not mean that they will ruin your purse. The good news is many dentists and clinics offer low down payments, as well as payment schemes and membership plans. The cost of the treatment, however, will vary depending on the clinic or location and whether or not there are issues needed to resolved first.

Braces will make me look ugly and unprofessional.

Braces may be associated with teens and Ugly Betty, but it is not true that the treatment will make you look ugly. Braces today are available in less noticeable options like ceramic braces and Invisalign. Metal or traditional braces, furthermore, are more discreet than they were before many years ago.

There is no use in getting my (crooked) teeth straightened now.

Even if you have been living with misaligned teeth for years now, this does not mean that there is no point in getting them straightened. You may not fully realize it, but straight teeth can improve your attractiveness and increase your self-confidence. It can also benefit your oral and overall health.

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I’m too old to get braces.

Says who? Braces can work for you regardless of how old you are. While teeth may be easier to move when you are in your teens, having braces when you’re an adult can still straighten your teeth. It may take some time to align, but the final result and the rewards are all worth it.

Don’t let these excuses stand in the way of getting the smile you deserve. If you still have inhibitions about the treatment, it is best to see an orthodontist to learn more about your options and find out how braces can improve your quality of life.