It seems to be a common misconception that braces are exclusively for younger people. Though children and teens are the target audience for braces, there is no reason adults should think they might have missed their chance. Adult orthodontics have actually been on the rise in recent years. In fact, did you know that twenty percent of orthodontic patients are over the age of twenty-one? In this installment of our monthly blog, we’ll discuss the importance of orthodontics for adults as well as what braces options are available to them.
Why Adults Should Consider Orthodontic Treatment
Everybody is aware of the aesthetic effects braces can have on your smile. This is typically the driving force when someone decides to get braces. However, straight teeth offer a number of health benefits as well that don’t get the publicity they deserve. For example, braces can fix a bad bite alignment that may be causing jaw pain and discomfort when chewing. Also, correcting overcrowded teeth/gapped teeth can reduce your risk for tooth decay and gum disease.
How is Orthodontics for Adults Different?
Adult orthodontic treatments do need a different level of care compared to younger people. Child and teen treatments are more flexible because their jawbones are still growing. Adult jaws, on the other hand, are already set which can make the straightening process more difficult. Adults are also more likely to experience other obstacles like gum recession, bone loss, or worn/missing teeth that could interfere with braces application. Though adult braces have some extra hurdles, any experienced orthodontist, like Dr. Rand, will know how to find the right path that will be the biggest benefit to your teeth.
Adults Braces Options
If you’re an adult considering braces it’s important to know what options are available to you. Here is the short list of the most popular types of braces for adults.
Most adults will shy away from metal brackets because of how they think it will negatively affect their appearance. Though there are other more stylish options available, wire and bracket braces will usually be a little lighter on your wallet.
If you are unfamiliar, Inspire Ice Clear Braces are a camouflaged version of the more traditional metal brackets. These are made from a special transparent material that will blend in perfectly with your actual teeth color making it harder for people to notice.
Incognito braces work in the same way as traditional braces but they are placed on the inside of your teeth. These types of braces are great if you want to get your teeth straightened without anyone knowing.
The Invisalign process uses a set of clear plastic retainers rather than brackets secured directly to your teeth. Invisalign braces are often the preferred choice because of their high level of convenience. Though you should still be wearing your aligners for most of the day, you can remove them to make eating and brushing your teeth a lot easier.