It's not too out of the ordinary to get braces in college, whether  for the first time or to fix an issue that occurred after an initial orthodontics treatment. In fact, college may be the optimum time for braces, since you may still have dental coverage through your parents. Before taking the plunge, there are three things to think about. 

#1: Consider the Timing

Braces are uncomfortable at first, and they initially require quite a bit of investment in time. You will need to go in for consultations and exams prior to getting the braces, and then there will be follow-up appointments and fittings once they are in place. You may also experience some discomfort that makes it hard to concentrate in the first few days after the braces are put on.

For these reasons, avoid getting your braces during times of heavy coursework, such as during midterms or finals. Since the period of discomfort and its intensity varies for everyone, your best option is to start the process during the summer or winter class breaks.

#2: Make the Commitment

You must be prepared for the time braces can take up. For example, you will need to go to monthly appointments so your orthodontist can adjust and inspect your braces. Make sure you have transportation to and from the ortho, and that you can schedule the appointments to fit around your classes.

If you go to college out of state, it may be a better option to choose a doctor in your college town. If you return to your home town for extended breaks, you may also need to work with the doctor to get a referral to a local orthodontist for adjustments during the summers.

#3: Weigh Your Options

Don't make the mistake of skipping out on the braces you need because of worries about your appearance. Not only are braces still relatively common on most college campuses, there are many options available when it comes to clear or invisible braces.

Even if you don't mind the look of braces, you may want to opt for an invisible option like Invisalign for professional reasons. You may wear braces for only a few months to a couple of years, which means you may still be in your braces after graduation. Invisalign, which is a transparent and nearly invisible orthodontic device that helps align your teeth, means you won't obviously be wearing braces when you begin your post-college career interviews. This may help you feel more confident.

Braces are also sometimes associated with children, thus an option like Invisalign may also help you look more mature and professional in the eyes of potential employers. For more information, contact a professional like Janzen Janzen & Chwa Orthodontics Ltd.