Adulting is hard and so is getting braces for your teeth, but just as adulting helps you enjoy the little moments in life, braces help you make those moments memorable.

From your favourite delicacies that you indulge in through your best and worst times to the smiles that you exchange and the laughs that you have with your tribe, braces are what help you live in the moment without a care in the world.

It is understandable if you feel you’re too old for braces, adults are often told they are too old for certain things or not old enough for some other. In this already lopsided life, for a change, we provide you with answers to all the questions you had about braces.

Is it even the right age to get braces?

There is never a better time than now to do the right thing. Even though the ideal age to see an orthodontist is 7 years and teenage is the age when most individuals start their braces treatment, patients as young as 18 and as old as 80 years of age have successfully undergone treatments for aligning their teeth. Other than your will to go through with it, healthy bones and gums are the only other criteria.

I can’t stand the way braces will make me look

Braces aren’t a forever affair, the treatment lasts up to two years or even less. Thinking in line with the impact it will have on your personal, social and professional relationships for all of your life, two years is the bare minimum you owe yourself.

The major thing 21st century shall forever be known for is the number of lifestyle options it presents us with. If the word braces paint a picture of the metallic braces that your friends got when you were little, you are thoroughly mistaken.

Advancements in the field of medicine are at par with if not ahead than advancements in the field of technology. A wide variety of braces are available to suit the needs, desires and pockets of everyone in need, you haven’t seen them on anyone is because they were made for that very purpose.

Find them listed below:

Aligners - Aligners are clear trays that are switched out every two weeks to accommodate the movement of teeth. They remain in the mouth for 20 to 22 hours per day, removed just long enough for meals and cleaning your teeth. Aligners are less conspicuous, but they’re still not completely invisible. They don’t affect how you brush and floss your teeth.

Self-ligating Braces - In self-ligating braces, the wire passes through a small metal clip on the bracket. The system eliminates the need for elastic bands to help move the teeth.

Lingual Braces - Lingual braces are similar to conventional braces, except the brackets are cemented to the backside of the teeth. Lingual braces are virtually invisible and work just as quickly as conventional braces. However, they are custom-made and typically cost more than other options.

If the above options are not feasible for you it is smarter to endure the awkward looks that metal braces get for the first few weeks than risking losing all of your teeth in later years. The pain caused by these can always be treated by over the counter painkillers if the need arises.

Isn't braces treatment too painful?

“I hated every minute of training, but I said, 'Don't quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.” - Muhammad Ali.

Choose the physical pain of a couple of years over a hurting for a lifetime and living an emotionally crippled life. Avoiding braces treatment despite needing it in your youth is bad karma that you have to atone for in your old age because you are bound to suffer through consequential oral health problems. Jaw bone erosion, gum diseases, cavities, snoring, slurred speech and indistinct pronunciations being a few among many others.

In hindsight, by avoiding the pain of today when you are better equipped to endure it, you are just delaying the inevitable with physical and psychological consequences sky-rocketing in the latter state.

What if I neither have the time nor the money?

The value of time is determined by the quality of it and not the quantity. We think of accidents and diseases as something that graces others until of course they eventually grace us. Smart to spend your time willingly now when you have a choice, rather than spending it unwillingly out of gruesome compulsion later. Similarly, it is better to spend a little amount now while you are earning rather than spending a hefty amount while living off your savings or being dependent on another.

To be of help to those cannot pay the treatment cost up-front, Dr Keyur Mehta does have a few payment plans that can be set up after consensus over the nature and duration of treatment is reached upon.

I have the time and the money but I cannot do it because of my demanding profession

People working in professions of journalism, mass media, sales, modeling, acting, etc. don’t go for braces treatment fearing that braces will impede their abilities to fulfill their work commitments and their fear stands justified. In professions which are particular about your looks, one cannot get braces which are even partially visible, let alone visible braces like metallic ones.

The irony is not getting braces has always hampered the performances of these people in some way or another. As we know ‘necessity is the mother of invention’ and due to increasing demand for invisible braces, Invisalign has come up with “CLEAR ALIGNERS” that are INVISIBLE. Seems like you won’t have to ghost on this crucial treatment and trade your tomorrow for today.

Invisalign's clear aligners have the following advantages:

Invisible Appearance - Clear aligners are made of invisible trays that hold and move misaligned teeth into intended positions.

Comfort - Invisalign trays are made of smooth plastic, therefore, causing no pain in the teeth or injuries to the cheeks, lips, and gums.

Easy to clean - The trays are removable and thus help in easy brushing of teeth. The trays can be cleaned just using your toothbrush as well.

Saves Time - Invisalign aligners need to be maintained only every 6 weeks at an average, thus saving you the time you might have been spending with the dentist and the orthodontist.

No compromising for your taste buds - By just removing the trays you can eat whatever you want. Making the treatment duration seemingly shorter than what it is so you can live carefreely.

Connect with Dr Keyur Mehta at Embrace Orthodontics, for more information and better clarity!!!