Adults have orthodontic treatment for many of the same reasons as younger patients.
You may want to correct the appearance of your smile because you’re unhappy about an overbite or crowding issues. You may want to improve your dental health and make your teeth easier to clean and care for.
Adult patients often choose orthodontic treatments that are less noticeable than traditional metal braces. However, in some cases, metal braces are the best and most effective treatment option to correct your teeth. Some of the more popular choices include:
Invisalign treatment uses a customized series of clear plastic aligners to gradually move your teeth into corrected positions. Invisalign aligners are virtually invisible while being worn and reposition teeth in 6-18 months. Another benefit of Invisalign is that you can take the aligners out to eat and to clean your teeth.
Clear braces are similar to traditional braces, but the brackets are made of clear plastic or tooth-colored ceramic. The archwire is also clear or tooth-colored, making the treatment less noticeable.
Lingual braces are fitted to the backs of your teeth, making them less noticeable. Lingual braces put gentle pressure on your teeth — like other forms of orthodontics — to shift them to the correct positions.
Lingual braces are custom-made to fit your teeth precisely, and typically reposition your teeth in 18-36 months.
While adults have orthodontic treatment to correct similar issues to those of younger patients, there are other considerations for adults. Your orthodontist carefully examines your teeth and gums, using X-rays to ensure there’s sufficient bone density to support orthodontic treatment.
Adults are also more likely to have other dental health issues like gingivitis or bone loss. Adults teeth and bones are harder and set in their place, which can make it take longer to adjust.
There are also complications if you’ve had any previous extractions, as your jaw may not be strong enough to support a tooth that is moved into that area.
If you’re interested in correcting your smile with orthodontic treatment, call or schedule a consultation online today to learn more about your options.
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