Before making the decision to finally get braces, I tried doing a bit of research online about adult braces but did not find much. So, I’ll share my thoughts and feelings so far.
It was a Monday when I originally went in and got my braces ““, (
ceramic vs. metal braces
I had heard that ceramic braces were more likely to break than metal braces. I still hear that they will stain and change colors, too. So far, I have not experienced either. No brackets have popped off while I was eating, yet, and it’s been over six months now. Rubber bands have stained over time with the foods that I am eating, but by that time my next appointment is right around the corner.
Ceramic braces were more expensive. My insurance did not cover adult braces either way, though. When I talked to my orthodontist about the differences, it really came down to aesthetics, they function pretty much the same. I had just started planning my wedding, I have a milestone birthday coming up, and it just felt worth it to pay the additional upfront money to go with ceramic. I don’t get to change my rubber band colors every month, but I also can angle photos just right so that my braces don’t even show. Fair trade-off if you ask me.
I do have moments when I am self-conscious about having braces as an adult but for the most part it’s something I get over quickly. Eating in public usually makes me a little nervous that I will literally have spinach stuck in my teeth when I smile, but I’ve set up a whole little braces travel kit that stays in my purse to deal with that.