If you’re thinking about getting braces, there’s great news – experts agree that it’s never too late. To support this point, some reports suggest that adults make up nearly half of all orthodontic patients who have decided to get the smile they’ve always wanted.
And, if you think these adults are walking around with the same kinds of braces available when they were kids, think again. Braces have come a long way in the past couple of decades – offering options that are more visually appealing and less cumbersome than those orthodontics of the past.
A good-looking smile isn’t the only reason adults are seeking out orthodontics. Dentists know that there are also health reasons for having an improved or corrected bite from orthodontics. When teeth are crooked, there is greater risk of plaque buildup which can cascade into periodontal and gum disease if left untreated. Gastrointestinal problems can also happen as the result of crooked teeth not being able to properly chew food prior to swallowing.
Four Options for Orthodontics (Braces) for Adults
Today’s orthodontics for adults offer more options than ever, including:
Metal/traditional Braces for Adults
Yes, the metal brackets and wires that most people are familiar with when it comes to braces are still available. They are among the least expensive options, and advances in the technology have made them less noticeable as well as less painful. They are the most visible option as they are placed on the outside surface of teeth. For some people, this isn’t an issue.
Ceramic Braces for Adults
Ceramic braces are very similar to traditional braces with a couple of key differences. Ceramic braces have brackets that are tooth-coloured or clear in order to blend in with the natural colour of your teeth. Some ceramic braces even offer wires that are tooth-coloured to blend in even more. Ceramic braces are slightly more expensive than traditional braces, and they require regular care to avoid staining of the tooth-coloured surfaces.
Lingual Braces for Adults
Lingual braces are essentially traditional metal braces with the brackets and wires placed on the inside surface of each tooth. They are unseen from the outside, but are difficult to keep clean and are not always a suitable option for those with severe orthodontics needs. Also, because the mechanics of lingual braces are on the inner surface of the teeth, adjustments can be difficult and take longer to complete.
Invisalign for Adults
You’ve likely seen ads and commercials for Invisalign, but many aren’t aware of exactly what this alignment technique consists of. Essentially, Invisalign is a series of custom-made, clear plastic aligners that look like mouthguards. The Invisalign aligners are removable and every two weeks a new one is put in that is slightly different than the previous one – causing teeth to align slightly more. It is a more expensive option and if you lose an aligner, it will cost even more, but because they are ‘invisible’ they are a popular choice for adults.
Take the First Step Toward a Straighter, More Confident Smile
If you want straighter teeth and more confidence in your smile, your first step should be to sit down with your dentist to talk about your orthodontics options and which ones are right for your situation.
The best part is – we want you to have straighter teeth and more confidence in your smile, too! Give us a call and schedule an appointment so we can discuss the current status of your teeth and options for orthodontics today.