Braces are not only for kids and teenagers. Today’s adult braces are actually more common than ever before. In fact, in some places, people are starting to treat braces like a fashion accessory.
A surprising number of adults are unaware that braces are a treatment option for themselves until taking their children to an orthodontist appointment. The only real requirement for receiving orthodontic treatment is having teeth. Adults even have treatment options for conditions like missing teeth, severe malocclusions, overbites and underbites. Even though your adult jaw may have stopped growing, today’s orthodontic treatments can still give you a beautiful smile.
Braces for Adults
The traditional metal braces that probably come to your mind whenever someone is talking about orthodontic treatment have been greatly refined over the years. For one thing, they are more durable and comfortable. The metal is responsive to the temperatures in the mouth, helping them shift your teeth steadily. Today’s metal alloys are also less resistant to stretching, so fewer tightening appointments are needed.
One thing that hasn’t changed much is the appearance of traditional braces, although they have slimmed down somewhat. If you are looking for less prominent treatment options, you may want to consider ceramic braces. The ceramic matches the color of your teeth, making them much less noticeable.
Another option is lingual braces. They are very much like traditional braces, except they are placed on the back surfaces of teeth so that they are less prominent. One drawback is that they can be somewhat uncomfortable because of the proximity to the tongue. On the other hand, they are less expensive than Invisalign or ceramic braces.
Invisalign is an advanced orthodontic system that involves the use of plastic aligners to shift the teeth gradually into their desired positions. These aligners are individually created to fit your unique teeth and mouth, making them very comfortable compared to most other treatment options.
The benefits of Invisalign include:
- Removable, unlike fixed treatments like traditional braces
- No food restrictions
- Plastic is translucent and virtually invisible
Adults appreciate the way that Invisalign’s clear aligners are conveniently removable for events like photos, meals and public speaking. Even if you are wearing your trays, few people will notice your appliances at all.
Although Invisalign is quite popular, the treatment is not right for everyone. For example, it is not a great option for the creation of vertical movement. And the system is somewhat more expensive than other treatment options like traditional metal braces.
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What an incredible difference having straight teeth can make! An impressive smile can do wonders for your self-confidence and self-esteem, even leading to improved professional and social opportunities.
You are never too old to take advantage of braces to help straighten your teeth and enhance your smile. Having teeth that are properly aligned helps you with biting, chewing, and speaking more effectively.
If you are ready to see what adult braces can do for you, reach out to Liberia Dental Care today.