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What to Do If You’re Embarrassed to Wear Braces as an Adult

Posted on January 22, 2024

You’ve just found out that you need to wear braces as an adult. At first, you feel embarrassed and self-conscious about having a mouth full of metal. Braces are seen as something for awkward teenagers, not professional adults. But more and more, grown-ups are getting braces these days to fix longstanding dental issues. Here are some tips to help you get over the embarrassment you may face if you need braces as an adult.

No Need to Hide Your Smile

You may be tempted to keep your mouth closed or hands hovered there when meeting people. But hiding your braces only draws more attention to them. Instead, smile and laugh freely. Respond to people naturally without trying to conceal anything. The less you let them impact your behavior, the less others will focus on them. Most people won’t care that you have braces.

Get Used to Your Reflection

Seeing braces for the first time can be a shock. You have to get comfortable with this new accessory on your face. Spend time looking at yourself in the mirror and smiling. Become familiar with your reflection again. Notice how the braces have already started aligning and improving your teeth. This will help you acclimate until the braces feel like a normal part of your look.

Care for Your Braces Properly

Well-cared-for braces are less noticeable and embarrassing. Brush carefully after each meal to avoid stuck food particles. See your orthodontist regularly to tighten wires and replace rubber bands. Additionally, avoid foods that can damage braces like hard nuts, crunchy chips, or chewy candies. Well-maintained ones reflect that you take pride in your smile’s transformation.

Rock Your Look With Confidence

The more confident you are about your braces, the less anyone will think to question them. Keep your head high and smile big. If the topic of them does come up, don’t act ashamed or embarrassed. Show excitement about how they’re improving your teeth. And remember, they’re temporary.

Be proud you’re taking steps now as an adult to correct your smile, even if there’s a little initial embarrassment. According to Humana, in the United States, over 4 million people wear braces, and 25% of them are adults. As such, you’re not alone in wearing them. If you’re ready to learn more about straightening your teeth with braces for adults, reach out to Bret Johnson Orthodontics today for a consultation.

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