Patients who qualify for and choose the Invisalign® system of teeth straightening over braces receive a series of customized clear aligners. These fit snugly over the teeth so as to be nearly invisible to observers. The treatment does not take as long as traditional straightening with braces and is typically more comfortable for the patient…
Choosing an Adult Orthodontics Option
There are many reasons why adult orthodontics is used to treat tooth issues. You may have crowded teeth, missing teeth, or your jaws may be out of alignment (a condition that is also known as malocclusion or “bad bite.” These conditions can cause increased wear on your teeth, cause jaw pain or make you have a difficult time chewing, and they can make it harder to keep your teeth sufficiently clean. This can lead to cavities or worse oral health issues.
Additionally, your teeth may shift as you get older. Some people need to have braces as adults, even if they had braces as a child or teenager simply because their teeth moved over time. Changes in the teeth are common over time, and this may mean that your teeth become crooked or crowded.
The cosmetic benefits are important, too. Crooked teeth can feel less attractive to some people, or it could make it difficult to chew properly. Having an attractive smile will give you a boost of confidence, and adult orthodontics may provide the solution you've been looking for. Also, people keep their natural teeth for longer than ever now, so these procedures can make a difference no matter your age.
This article will outline your options for adult orthodontics and to better understand if you're a good candidate for this treatment plan.
Invisible braces are clear aligner trays that will fit snugly over your teeth. Many adults prefer them because they are nearly invisible when you wear them. Some people feel like visible braces appear too juvenile, and this option eliminates that concern completely. These aligners are designed to move your teeth gently and slightly over time. During your treatment, you will go through several sets of aligners as your teeth continue to shift. Each one will move your teeth according to the treatment plan you and your dentist come up with together. While invisible braces can be removed to allow you to eat and drink and brush and floss your teeth normally, you must wear them at least 22 hours per day. Of course, it's critical that you follow the recommended wear time, or else the braces won't do their job.
Traditional braces had come a long way from when they used to mean getting a mouth full of metal brackets. Braces are now smaller and lighter than ever before. There are clear brackets and ceramic brackets available that will match the color of your teeth, which makes them an excellent option for adults.
Metal braces are what you think of when you think of braces. This type of braces is cemented directly onto your teeth and can only be removed by your dentist when treatment is finished. With this method, your teeth are forced to shift as your dentist gradually tightens wires that run through the metal brackets on your teeth.
Of course, this type of braces requires some consideration. You must be careful when eating and cleaning your teeth while you have metal braces. You should stay away from certain foods, such as hard candy, candy apples, and chewing gum. Adults may have an easier time following these strict guidelines, but again, this solution is the most visible one.
The amount of time you will have your braces will depend on your personalized treatment plan, but most people need to wear metal braces for at least three years. Your dentist can discuss the treatment plan time so that you have a clear understanding of how long you will be expected to wear your braces.
Learn more about adult orthodontics
If your smile is less than perfect then it is likely that you've considered your options. There are many factors that will determine which solution is best for you. The good news is that advancements have been made in adult orthodontics in recent years can also make your treatment course go faster. Affordability and convenience tend to be at the top of the list for dental procedures, and there is likely a treatment that will suit your needs.
You and your dentist can work together to create a treatment plan that will accommodate your adult orthodontic needs, budget, and personal preferences to come up with an option that is right for you. Reach out today to learn more about this option and discover if it is the right choice for your dental needs.
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