Orthodontic treatment options for adults

Orthodontic treatment has no age restrictions. While many individuals are embarrassed or frightened by the prospect of undergoing orthodontic treatment, the reality is that adult orthodontics is relatively common. Data reveal that one out of every five orthodontic patients is over 21.

Adults are seeking orthodontic treatment because it is more socially acceptable. There are many treatment options for adults, like braces, which are more comfortable and less apparent than ever, with less visible wires and smaller brackets. New advances in orthodontics let you escape the “metal mouth” image you became accustomed to as children.

Treatment Options for adults

Many orthodontic treatments these days are more effective, less visible, and comfortable. Recent orthodontic developments have expanded adult treatment choices. Consult your orthodontist for the best alternatives for you according to your needs and lifestyle. Below are some of the most standard treatments available

Traditional braces

Traditional braces require the placement of metal brackets (usually made of stainless steel) on the teeth, which connect with wires (often made of metal alloys). Tiny rubber bands then hold the wires together. The wires must apply consistent, mild stress to your teeth to shift them into the proper position. Although orthodontists have been using metal braces for decades, they come in new styles which use smaller, less visible brackets.

Ceramic braces

Ceramic braces, like metal braces, feature small wires connecting the brackets. On the other hand, the brackets are constructed of transparent ceramic or are tinted to match the teeth. As a result, they look more discrete as compared to metal braces. Furthermore, these braces are more comfortable than regular ones, although slightly more expensive.

Lingual braces

Lingual braces are comparable to metal braces, but the main difference is that your orthodontist will install wires and brackets on the inside of your teeth, making them undetectable. They are, however, more challenging to maintain cleanness and might be painful at first since they may induce tongue sores.

Clear aligners

Clear plastic aligners are custom-made and arrive as a single piece instead of multiple components like regular braces. They shift teeth in minor increments, comparable to conventional braces. Clear aligners are intended to be worn most of the day and night. Furthermore, they are removable; you can take them out to eat, drink, and brush and floss your teeth.

Self-ligating braces

Traditional metal and ceramic braces employ rubber bands to link brackets to the wire, whereas self-ligating braces use brackets that clip directly onto the wire. Because the brackets are smaller and might be transparent, they are less noticeable. Furthermore, food is less likely to get stuck in your teeth without the bands, making cleaning and flossing easier.

Conclusion

New technologies provide options for a wide range of lifestyles and ways for swiftly and efficiently finishing treatment. Adult braces are becoming increasingly popular and show no signs of losing steam. Nonetheless, orthodontic treatment significantly invests in your long-term health and happiness. A confident grin has the potential to be your most important and long-lasting asset.

It would be best to talk to your orthodontist about your treatment alternatives. Your orthodontist can provide you with the most effective and long-lasting orthodontic treatment.

Contact your Danville dentist, Dr. Hoss Abar, DDS, MSD at Danville Orthodontics now to learn more about orthodontic treatment options for adults.

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