Adult braces: what dentist may not tell you

The decision to get braces can be a tough one. Sure, you’re excited to have straight teeth, but in the back of your mind lurks the fear that it will hurt or be too expensive. The cost is often less than you may think and there are options for financing which make it more affordable, but what about the pain? There’s good news on this front! With modern technology advancements in orthodontics including new materials, adult braces are less painful than ever before.

Braces are a great way to fix crooked teeth. You can choose to have traditional braces or more modern teeth straighteners such as Invisalign, but dentists may hide a few things from you. 

Here are 5 things that a dentist will not tell you about braces:

1. Braces can take up to two years

Brace yourself, the length of time that you’ll have your braces on can vary from case to case. Some problems need more attention and it may take longer to get your teeth straightened out. An overbite or a really bad underbite could mean a longer stretch with metal in your mouth rather than six months in Invisalign trays. Two years is a long time to wear anything in your mouth, but when properly cared for, adult braces are nothing like they used to be which leads us to…

2. Braces don’t have to hurt anymore

“They’re going to hurt so much!” It’s hard not getting scared when you hear this about braces. But the fact is, with new technology and materials braces don’t have to be painful at all! In fact, many people who get adult braces say that they experience less pain than when they got braces as a child.

3. You can still eat what you want

One of the best things about adult braces is that you don’t have to give up your favorite foods! Just be sure to brush your teeth after eating something sticky or chewy. And if you’re wearing Invisalign trays, remove them before eating so you don’t damage the aligners.

4. There are financing options available for braces

One of the biggest concerns that people have about getting braces is the cost. The good news is that there are financing options available so that you can get the treatment that you need without breaking the bank.

5. You can get braces even if you’ve had orthodontics before

If you’ve already had orthodontic treatment in the past, it’s still possible to get braces as an adult. Dentists will often recommend that previous treatments be checked before starting any new treatment, but if you’ve had a gap for a number of years it’s likely that new braces can close that space.


Braces have changed a lot in recent years and there’re more options than ever before when it comes to getting teeth straightened. If you’re considering getting braces, talk to your dentist about which option is best for you.

If you want any more information on our services or have questions about how to get Invisalign or want to find out the prices of invisalign services, please get in touch with Fine Orthodontics. We are always happy to help our patients get the smile they deserve!