There’s a big difference between getting orthodontic treatment when you’re a kid and when you’re an adult. I don’t imagine that it’s that difficult to understand the differences, but it’s definitely like comparing apples to oranges. Kids aren’t as fragile as adults can be about something that they’ve already dealt with for most of their lives, when kids get braces they usually get them before they really even have time to feel self-conscious about whatever is going on inside their mouths. It’s normal for a kid’s mouth to look pretty goofy after the time that they lose their baby teeth and their permanent ones grow in and depending on the order in which this happens, it could produce some pretty funny configurations in the process. Before it gets too serious though, it’s usually very apparent to a dentist or orthodontist when braces are going to be required or if the kid is going to be able to slip by without them. A whole lot of people out there have perfect smiles but most of them have them because they got braces at the ideal time before their smiles took their natural, potentially unholy shape. Most of us would look like Jaws after she chewed through a diver cage if we didn’t have braces, so even though it’s something that many of us have taken for granted because we never had to endure the pain and suffering involved with being uncomfortable with our teeth, it shouldn’t be that difficult to understand that an adult considering the idea of getting braces could be a scary one for them.
We all have been raised in different environments and been through experiences that have contributed to shaping the people that we see standing before the mirror everyday. Some of us can look into that mirror, smile and feel good about what we see and some of us can’t. I’m not talking in the metaphorical sense either, I’m talking about how we feel about our smiles and if we can confidently show them without feeling self-conscious. Many of our insecurities are difficult to talk about and we only do it, if we do it at all, with those who we trust and we don’t feel are going to use that information against us. Medical, dental and orthodontic professionals are very proficient in understanding where we’re coming from regarding the sensitivity and privacy involved with whatever information it is that they’re privy to. So, whether you have a personal relationship with an orthodontist or not, you should feel 100% comfortable with talking to them openly about the concerns that you have about your smile without there being any fear of any kind of repercussion.
So, if you feel better about discussing the matter with a professional after you’ve heard what I just had to say, then that’s a very good thing because this is often a process. Our whole lives are a process and although it seems like there are people out there who have got it all figured out, most don’t and are just better at acting like it than others are. Braces for adults are almost an industry in themselves, because of the sensitive nature that is naturally involved with someone considering such a procedure at a time in their lives where they are usually deeply involved with their careers. Most adults know that in the workplace, if they’re competing for advancement, the perception of them and what people think about them matters. I’ve known people who are ridiculously timid and insecure land jobs that you’d think only the most confident person in the world would be able to, and it’s most often because they’re able to display confidence whether they are actually confident or not. This kind of thing happens often and you may believe that it’s disingenuous, fraudulent or fake, but if this is the world that we live in and you’ve chosen a company in a particular career field, you know that you’ve got to play the game.
So, for this and other reasons, getting adult braces is a tough decision because people believe that there is often a whole lot more riding on their decision to get them than how they feel about the matter personally. That’s why more discreet options have been sought after and much innovation has taken place in the orthodontics field, so it’s been way more for adults than it’s ever been for kids. The invention of Invisalign, which is a very impressive and state-of-the-art technology, probably wouldn’t have ever came about if there weren’t so many adults who cared so much about what it would look like, or what people would think if they got braces.