It’ never too late to have a smile you’re proud to show. Orthodontic Treatment can dramatically improve your personal appearance and self esteem. And with all the recent advances in orthodontics, many adults today are taking advantage of the many new orthodontic techniques available to improve one of their biggest assets—their smile.
Benefits of Adult Orthodontics
Orthodontic treatment at later stages in life can dramatically improve your personal appearance and self-esteem. On average, one of every four orthodontic patients is an adult. Tooth alignment can be changed at any age if your gums and bone structure are healthy. Improving the health of your teeth and gums is equally important. Crooked teeth and a bad bite can contribute to gum and bone loss, tooth decay, abnormal wear of the tooth enamel and surfaces, headaches and jaw joint (TMJ/TMD) pain.
There are many options for adults to straighten their teeth:
1. NEWLY ADVANCED, HI-TECH METAL BRACES
Braces today are smaller, flatter, and much more comfortable. Years of research on tooth movement has resulted in braces and wires that move teeth much more efficiently resulting in patients wearing braces for less time and with a better result.
2. CERAMIC (CLEAR) BRACES
Clear braces tailored to address each patient’s specific treatment needs. Clear braces combined with clear elastics ties are much less noticeable than metal brackets. Clear braces today are extremely hi-tech and perform as well as metal braces. Today’s clear braces are very stain resistant and do not discolor like the clear braces in the past and are a fine choice for patients who want their braces to be less noticeable.
Invisalign is the clear way to straighten teeth without braces using a series of clear aligners made of lightweight plastic that fit smoothly and comfortably on your teeth to gradually straighten them.
Aligners are removable but must be worn 20-22 hours every day, except for when eating, brushing, flossing, or attending special occasions. The aligners are exchanged for a new set every two weeks and office visits are typically every 8 weeks
Invisalign can effectively correct crowded teeth, widely spaced teeth and other orthodontic problems and for the right patient be a good alternative to traditional braces. But like any removable orthodontic appliance, teeth can only move teeth if the trays are worn full time as prescribed.
On average, treatment takes approximately one year or less.
Advantages of Invisalign
• Ability to be “braceless” for milestone events (but remember you have to wear them for at least 20 hours per day)
•Aligners can be removed to brush and floss so oral hygiene can be maintained
•There are no restrictions on eating and drinking
•Compared to traditional braces, this system often requires fewer office visits and shorter appointments