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Braces for Adults

Orthodontic braces

One of the most common misconceptions about orthodontics is that kids are the only people who need to wear braces.

The use of braces has been steadily increasing over time. What started as a treatment for teenagers is now also being used by adults. In fact, it is estimated that today around one-third of orthodontist patients are adults.

Orthodontic braces are predictable, versatile, and incredibly successful at realigning the teeth.

Braces work in the same way for all patients, but the estimated treatment time can vary according to the patient’s condition and age.

Adults with active jaw growth and no gum disease should be done faster than those who are older and have experienced gum disease.

In short, an adult can experience the same beautiful end results as a teenager, but treatment often takes longer.

Can adults benefit from orthodontic braces?

Absolutely! Crooked or misaligned teeth can have a negative effect on self-esteem and confidence. Beyond the cosmetic ramifications, misaligned teeth can also lead to difficulties biting, chewing, and articulating clearly.

Generally, dentists agree that straight teeth are healthier than teeth that are out of alignment.

Straight teeth offer a multitude of health and dental benefits including:

  • Reduction in general tooth decay
  • Decreased likelihood of developing periodontal disease
  • Decreased likelihood of tooth injury
  • Reduction in digestive disorders

Thankfully, orthodontic braces have evolved to make them more comfortable for adults. There are now a wide variety of fixed and removable devices available, depending on the precise type of misalignment or malocclusion.

The most common types between teeth are underbite (lower teeth are too far out), overbite (upper teeth are too far out), and overcrowding (where there is not enough space on the arch for all the adult teeth).

When you are referred to an orthodontist, they will examine your teeth with a powerful intra-oral camera and x-rays before recommending specific orthodontic treatment. They will also look for any pre-existing dental conditions (like gum disease, excess plaque, or tooth decay) that could be exacerbated by the orthodontic braces. You must consult your nearby dentist today to know if you are a suitable candidate for the braces.

What are the main types of orthodontic braces?

The following are some of the most popular orthodontic braces:

Traditional braces – The traditional braces are strong and clean. They are considered to be individual brackets that are cemented to each tooth and accompanied by a wire that constantly exerts gentle pressure on the teeth.

Who is it for? Anyone who wants a straighter smile or has an overbite.

Traditional braces are generally metal but are also available in clear synthetic material and “tooth colored” ceramic. The ceramic brackets are usually more comfortable than the metal alternative but can become discolored by coffee, wine, smoking, and certain foods.

Invisalign® – Invisalign® aligners are clear trays and should be worn for the recommended amount of time each day for the quickest results. Invisalign® aligners are clear trays and should be worn for the recommended amount of time each day for the quickest results. Invisalign ® aligners are more comfortable and less obtrusive than traditional braces but also tend to be more costly. Not all patients are candidates for Invisalign®.

Lingual braces – Lingual braces are usually made of metal and fixed on the tongue side of the teeth, making them difficult to see when a patient smiles.

This is an important consideration for patients who want to be as inconspicuous as possible. Patients with lingual braces usually experience some interference with their ability to talk.

If you have any questions about orthodontic braces, please contact our office.

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