Post # 1
- Wedding: July 2016 - Backyard
I’m thinking about getting braces as my jaw and teeth are just not in a good way. Due to the severity of my jaw issues, an invisalign won’t work for me. I’ll have to have all the rubberbands and all. I will wear braces for about two years.
Anybody else 30+ have or are considering metal braces? What do you think of them? My concern is not being taken seriously due to looking so young with them.
Post # 2
Yes, I had them for most of last year (age 30). I felt like I looked younger with them, but no one ever commented or treated me differently. Aside from the children at work asking questions. I had one student ask if she could have a turn of my braces! I had transparent ceramic brackets on my upper teeth which reduced the ‘mouth full of metal’ look.
It was my second time with braces after having them as a teenager. Basically, my bonded retainer broke and fell out a few years ago. I got poor advice from a dentist who said it had been long enough that my teeth wouldn’t shift. They moved, and were getting worse. Long story short – wear your retainer forever!
Post # 3
submart : My father is a physician and had to get metal braces in his 30s because of similar issues. He was very self-concise because he was afraid his patients wouldn’t take him seriously. He now has a beautiful smile and would tell you that a couple years of being uncomfortable is totally worth the result
Post # 4
i had braces for 3 years in my early/mid 30s. They were somewhat uncomfortable at the beginning but got used to them. Total pain to floss and food gets stuck more easily. But I never had a problem at work and no one made any negative comments. In the end it was worth it! Very happy with my smile now 😀
Post # 5
I had them for 26months between the age of 28-30. I didn’t have any issues. I never worried what other people thought, I just loved watching my smile get better and better as the months went by! 1000000% worth the pain and money spent!!
Definitely get the clear ceramic brackets if you can!
Post # 6
- Wedding: July 2016 - Backyard
tastastic : I never thought of ceramic ones. I will look into them if they aren’t any additional cost. Those pesky retainers do well in the long term. I guess I’ll wear it for life. 🙂
The problem with me is that I never had full braces. My parents only got braces for my four front teeth. And I had four other greatly rotated teeth. Now I can’t even floss because of the rotation.
becomingmichi : Good point. It’s only a couple years, not forever. And you dad did it as a doctor!
smallbee : Oh so great to hear! Yes, I want a confident smile.
PorcelainBelle : haha ok. I will ask my orthodontist about the ceramic one’s for sure. 🙂
Post # 7
I had the ceramics on top and metal on bottom. Ceramic on top added $500 overall. I had an estimated treatment time of two years but it ended up being three. And honestly because I didn’t do the jaw surgery my bite isn’t even perfect.
I also had the rubberbands.
I never felt like people didn’t take me seriously. In fact, I think you’ll be surprised at how many people can relate to you.
Post # 8
I’m not necessarily 30, but an adult who got braces and had concerns regarding not being taken seriously (since I did a lot of presentation work and physical appearance did matter). So I might be able to answer your question.
I’m not sure what coverages you get on your dental plan, but how about taking a look at incognito? It is a bit pricer than conventional braces, but it adheres to the back of the teeth and is not at all visible like clear/ceramic braces. It is slightly more complicated to put in and takes a bit more time at each adjustment, but an experienced orthodontist who has worked with incognito braces before should be able to advise you.
Alternatively, I have heard about conventional braces with micro chips that help monitor the movement and force needed on your teeth. I’m not exactly sure what it’s called, but it was relatively new when I got my braces, it should be more readily available now. The benefit to this is that treatments are more effective and the micro chip can calculate if additional/less force is needed to move your teeth. Supposedly it takes off as much as 50% of the time needed for conventional braces or something like that. I’m not sure what else in terms of cost/current details.