There are many options for adult orthodontics. More and more adults are deciding to take the important step of visiting an orthodontist to straighten their teeth. For years, there was a misconception that only children could straighten their teeth. While it may be easier at times for them to do so, orthodontics are available to adults just as they are for children. In fact, adults actually have more options available to them due to their heightened responsibility and ability to care for their teeth.
Types of adult orthodontics
Each patient is different and so the options we recommend will depend on the position of the teeth, the position of the jaw, the time constraints and any other lifestyle factors that a patient wishes us to consider. With that in mind, some of the treatment options available to adults are:
#1. Metal braces
Used for decades, metal braces are incredibly effective and have withstood the test of time. They create proven and dependable results. They are also incredibly durable as far as braces go. We recommend metal braces for patients who want a solution that they know will work without requiring a lot of attention.
#2. Ceramic braces
Ceramic braces function in the same way that metal ones. We secure a bracket to the surface of each tooth and thread a wire between them, holding everything in place using rubber bands. We will replace or adjust the wires as necessary. The difference is that ceramic braces blend in with the tooth structure. They are available to adults but not children because most children would find it too difficult to brush teeth as often as they require.
#3. Clear aligners
One of the most convenient ways to straighten teeth is to do so using clear aligners. These plastic trays surround the teeth like a full retainer would. Worn in a sequence, they apply pressure and move teeth into the correct position. The treatment process is similar in length of time to wear braces but it is easier on a day-to-day basis because the aligners come out when eating or brushing teeth. This means no food restrictions and the ability to remove them when making a presentation for work or going on a date.
Surgery is sometimes necessary for moving the jaw into the correct alignment. Straightening teeth requires that both the teeth and the jaw be in the correct position. It is a two-step process and when the jaw has a long way to go, oral surgery can sometimes be the best way to shorten the treatment time. This is an option that is available to adults but typically not recommended for children, giving adults one more advantage for having the treatment done when they are older.
Learn more about your options
We encourage you to schedule an appointment with our office to learn more about your options for adult orthodontics. With so much to choose from, it is an exciting time to straighten your teeth.
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