Have you ever felt like you should’ve gotten braces when you were younger? Maybe life got in the way, and you just never had the opportunity to. Or, perhaps you felt ashamed. You couldn’t bear the thought of walking the halls of your school while your peers critiqued your appearance. Dr. Michael Beim understands that. That’s why the team at Beim Orthodontics in Lake Mary wants to let you know that with adult braces, it’s not too late to get a confident smile.
It’s never too late) to give yourself the smile that you deserve. Orthodontic technology has expanded treatment options beyond what they used to be. Adult clients now have access to many different choices. Some are nearly invisible to the naked eye. Continue reading to learn more about how Beim Orthodontics can help you enliven your smile.
Advantages of Adult Braces
Improved Physical Health
Proper brushing and flossing contribute to oral health. But they aren’t magic. If teeth are out of alignment, brushing and flossing may not be able to resolve the problem. Misshapen teeth create nooks and crannies in which plaque festers. If left untreated, excess plaque can lead to sore or bleeding gums, pain in the jaw, and headaches.
But the physical ailments don’t stop with oral hygiene. Especially later in life, irregularly shaped teeth can complicate our ability to chew food. This means that a task as simple as eating has now become a choking hazard. And what’s worse, swallowing unchewed food can cause severe abdominal discomfort.
“The reason we do what we do in our office,” said Dr. Beim, “is for that end result – that smile that is going to change someone’s life. It means the world.” The American Association of Orthodontists estimates that nearly 2 million adults receive orthodontic treatment. At our Lake Mary location, one out of five patients is over the age of 18. But Beim Orthodontics wants our clients to think beyond numbers. That figure represents people with fuller lives. Whether at yourself in the mirror or a passing stranger, smiling elevates your confidence. Visit us in person to find out why changing lives is our superpower!
A Brighter Smile, A Brighter Mind
Still not convinced that orthodontic intervention is right for you? Just like Dr. Beim said, at our Lake Mary office, we intend to change lives. And that means much more than rearranging teeth. Adult braces can decrease anxiety and depression and boost overall mental health. Furthermore, if you like your smile, you’ll want to show it off. Smiling makes your brain pump out neurotransmitters like serotonin and dopamine. These neurotransmitters influence your motivation and sense of well-being. And guess what? People who feel good about themselves smile more! Beim Orthodontics wants to help you tap into this kind of healthy feedback loop.
Braces on a Budget
Our team understands how hard it can be to obtain care for ourselves and our families. Above, we mentioned that technology had provided us with more options to serve you. In addition, orthodontic remedies are more affordable now than they have been in the past. Dr. Beim has resolved to never recommend anything a client doesn’t need. We’re happy to work with you to design a payment plan that fits your budget. Have insurance questions? No problem! We can work with your insurance company to ensure you get the best possible outcome.
Treatment Options for Adult Braces
Dr. Beim will speak with you directly to determine which treatment option you need. Here are some of the possibilities you may come across.
What if you had braces that you could remove whenever you wanted (within Dr. Beim’s guidance, of course)? Our team uses clear, lightweight plastic aligners by Invisalign® and Spark™. They offer the wearer much more comfort and convenience than more conventional braces. In general, you’ll wear your aligner for 9-15 months and will use between 18 – 30 sets. We recommend keeping the aligner on for 22 hours a day.
You may also hear clear braces referred to as ceramic, tooth-colored, or aesthetic. This is because they are designed to blend in with the teeth. Clear braces empower you to continue your daily routine without fretting about your appearance. They are more discreet and less obvious than metal braces. As a general rule, Dr. Beim recommends clear braces for most adults.
An oldie, but a goldie! This is the image most people have when they think of “braces.” They’ve earned something of a stigma over the years, but Beim Orthodontics intends to change that. Modern metal braces have lighter wires and sleeker brackets. For you, this means less pain and irritation. Our braces are compact and comfortable. A major advantage of metal braces is that they can potentially shorten the duration of your treatment.
Carriere Motion Appliance
Similar to traditional headgear, this condensed device helps relieve issues with your bite. Over time, it eases teeth into the correct position, straightening your smile. To begin, Dr. Beim will establish an anchor point. From there, he will attach the Carriere Distalizer. Next, he will affix an elastic band around your upper teeth. Dr. Beim recommends wearing the device at all times unless you are eating. Following treatment with the appliance, Dr. Beim proceeds with braces.
Rely On Beim Orthodontics for Adult Braces
Dr. Beim isn’t just in the business of fixing teeth. He wants to change lives. To that end, consider that braces aren’t just for young people. Your smile is not a lost cause. You deserve to feel good about yourself. And there’s no time like the present to give yourself such a gift.
Braces for adults can improve physical health, increase confidence, and bolster mental wellness. To bring more clients closer to those goals, Beim Orthodontics will find the most affordable option we can to fit your budget. Whether you need clear aligners, ceramic braces, metal braces, or a Carriere motion appliance, we have the solution for you.