Tips For Getting Braces After Forty

Not everyone is fortunate enough to have perfectly-positioned teeth. This is why it is estimated that more than four million people in the United States wear braces to correct these tooth misalignment issues. Adolescence is when most dentists recommend braces, but increasing amounts of adults are opting for braces at later ages. If you weren't able to wear braces in the past and you're currently older than forty, then you might feel that your age is too advanced for them. Here are some tips to help you have a positive experience with braces:

Consider Invisalign

Teens with traditional metal braces are sometimes teased by their peers. Invisalign, an innovative new type of braces that are clear in appearance, is an option to help teens avoid possible ridicule. It can also be an option for you if you feel you might be embarrassed to be seen as a middle-aged adult wearing braces. While Invisalign braces aren't completely invisible, they are transparent enough to make them significantly less noticeable than traditional braces.

Aside from aesthetic reasons, there are other benefits of considering Invisalign as opposed to traditional braces. With traditional braces, there are often food restrictions, due to the possibility of damage to the wire portion of the braces. However, with Invisalign, there are no food restrictions to contend with, because their design is different.

Find funding

Braces can be expensive. The average amount of time you will need to wear them is two years, and if you need them on the top and bottom, then you can expect to pay approximately $5,000. Many dental insurance companies will only pay for medically-necessary orthodontic treatment for adults, and braces aren't in this category. If your insurance doesn't provide coverage for braces, then there are other ways of paying for them. If your employer offers a flexible spending account, then those funds can be used to pay for all or part of your braces. Another option is to find a dentist that offers a payment plan.

Focus on the benefits

Aside from improving appearance, there are many other benefits of getting braces, regardless of age. One definite benefit is easier cleaning. Crowded and crooked teeth can make it difficult to properly clean teeth, which could lead to tooth decay. Another benefit is a boost in self-esteem, because most people feel more attractive if they have straight, attractive teeth. 

Even though braces are recommended in adolescence, not everyone's family is able to afford them. Dentists will place braces on anyone at just about any age, provided their teeth and gums are healthy and in good shape. As long as you're able to comfortably pay for the braces, and you're dedicated to your oral health and appearance, then no age is too old to wear braces, and your experience can be as positive as you make it.

For more information, visit a dental clinic in your area, such as Family First Dentistry LLC.