Should I Still Get Braces as an Adult?

Orthodontic treatment with braces isn’t just for teenagers, as common perception may have it. Nearly 20 percent of people wearing braces today are adults. Orthodontic treatment for adults can be highly effective in treating malocclusions (the misalignment of the upper and lower teeth). Dr. Deborah Himelhoch of Smiles in Framingham specializes in adult orthodontics near Southborough, MA. It’s never too late in life to improve your smile and dental health.

Why do I need braces as an adult?

If you had braces as a kid and you find that you need them again as an adult, that’s because our teeth shift as we get older. Different teeth may grow at different rates than others, too. They can change positions over time through natural growth, injury, or tongue thrust (a condition where the tongue projects through the front teeth during speech, swallowing, or when the tongue is at rest). Smiles in Framingham now recommendsthat patients wear a retainer for a much longer period of time than was previously prescribed to prevent tooth movement post treatment. So even if you were a model patient as a kid, you may need braces again.

Treatment Options
There are many orthodontic treatment options available for adults. Some adult patients choose treatment with traditional metal braces, but this method isn’t as common as it used to be. Ceramic braces are popular because they are clear or tooth-colored, with a clear wire to bind them. However, they may stain easily if not taken care of. Lingual braces are affixed to the back surfaces of the teeth, thus hiding them from view. But they are more costly than other available options. Clear aligner systems like Invisalign are clear plastic trays that are practically invisible and are removable by the wearer for brushing, flossing, and eating.

Costs
Each prospective adult patient will require a course of treatment that is unique to their needs and their treatment goals. Dr. Deborah Himelhoch will consult with every patient to develop a course of treatment, a schedule, and a budget that is right for them.

The cost of braces depends on how much work needs to be done, the specific type of treatment planned, your insurance plan provisions, and the schedule of payments. Most insurance companies don’t cover braces for orthodontic patients over the age of 18. Be sure to check with your insurance provider to determine if your plan covers the type of braces treatment you’re choosing.

One way to better determine the cost of adult orthodontic treatment with braces is to schedule a consultation with an orthodontist, who will give you a breakdown of the total cost and any payment plans available. If you’re an adult looking for an orthodontist near Southborough, MA to restore your sparkling, beautiful smile; with braces, contact Dr. Deborah Himelhoch at Smiles in Framingham at: 508.872.0555

To all my wonderful patients and their families:

 

The greatest pleasures of my career are watching children grow strong and healthy and seeing smiles become more beautiful. It has been a tremendous privilege to be a part of that growth and transformation. Now, however, it is time for me to slow down and share the care of my patients.

 

Starting in September 2022, Smiles in Framingham will merge with Moynihan Dental Specialists. I will remain with the practice, but will reduce my hours and give up administrative responsibilities. The wonderful team of people you and I have come to rely on will be staying. They will continue to help care for you. There will also be new faces, new people who will get to know and care for and about you.

 

Dr. Michael Moynihan is a second generation dentist and orthodontist practicing in Framingham. Dr. Mike, as he is known, is on the faculty of Boston University in the department of orthodontics. We spent two years as teaching partners supervising the Boston University orthodontic residents as they treated special needs children at Franciscan Hospital for Children. It was during that time I came to appreciate both how skilled Dr. Mike is and how much he cares about his patients. I retired from teaching prior to the pandemic, but Dr. Mike still puts much of his time and energy into teaching the next generation of orthodontists.

 

I met Dr. Daniel Moynihan when he was my student in 2017. Even at that time he was one of my most conscientious students. He cares deeply about all of his patients and I am proud to be associated with him. Dr. Dan is highly skilled with all aspects of orthodontics, including treatment using Invisalign and other aligners.

 

Dr. Katherine Moynihan and Dr. Christine Chiao are other members of the Moynihan team. Dr. Katherine Moynihan finished her orthodontic training at Boston University in 2021. Dr. Christine Chiao is a pediatric dentist, who also teaches at the Boston University School of Dental Medicine.

 

Life is an adventure with many chapters, twists, and turns. I enter this chapter of my life looking forward to what comes next and feeling some sadness that this phase of my life is changing. For now, we will be keeping all appointments as scheduled. We will contact you individually about any appointment changes. All orthodontic contracts will be honored with care provided by the orthodontists. I have every confidence that the doctors of Moynihan Dental Specialists will provide you with excellent care for many years to come.

 

My very best wishes to all of you,

 

Dr. Deborah Himelhoch