Did you miss the boat for getting braces as a kid? Or did you already have braces, but you’ve forgotten to wear your retainer since high school prom, and your teeth have moved away from their perfect straight smile? If you’re adult considering braces, it can be a great choice! Having a beautiful smile can increase confidence and improve the health of your teeth and jaw. So before you make the leap, here are a few things you should know going in:

It’s never too late
If you are thinking that you’re too old for braces, this is definitely not the case. These days there are even more options for braces than when you were a teenager, which can make it an even more attractive option. You can have invisible braces so you won’t look like you have a mouth full of metal!

Get free consultations
You’ll be spending a lot of time at the orthodontist that you choose, so you’ll want to make sure its one that you feel very comfortable with. Most clinics will offer you a free consultation, so take advantage of this and speak with a variety of experienced professionals who will give you their quote for what you need.

Costs and treatment times will vary
Be prepared to make a substantial investment in your new smile. Braces are not cheap, but they can greatly improve not only your appearance, but the health of your mouth and jaw. Just make sure you get a variety of quotes from various consultations before making your choice. And keep in mind that braces are a long process that may take many years, so be patient with the treatment!

Make sure to read the contract
You will sign a contract before your orthodontist begins work, so make sure to read the fine print. In the contract will be all the terms for your payments and what happens if you miss any. Just be aware of the conditions of what you decide to sign before you begin work.

Braces take maintenance
You can’t expect to have a healthy smile if you don’t plan to take good care of your teeth. It’s your job to make sure that you follow all of your orthodontist’s recommendations for maintenance, that you brush and floss correctly, and that you wear any retainers that are prescribed during and after your treatment. If you don’t wear your retainer and your teeth go back to the way they were, that’s your fault and you will have wasted a good deal of money!

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