Recent developments in orthodontic technology and treatments have helped more adults make the decision to begin orthodontic treatment. Here are some of facts you need to know about adult braces.
Why do adults need orthodontic treatment?
A wide variety of oral health problems can be caused by teeth which aren't properly positioned or are crowded. This can impact your jaw's function and lead to uneven wearing on your teeth.
Misaligned teeth can also impact your oral hygiene. It is more difficult to properly brush and floss them than aligned teeth. It may also create more nooks and crannies for food debris and bacteria to hide, causing tooth decay and gum disease.
Misaligned teeth may also make you insecure about your appearance, causing some people to avoid public speaking or smiling for family photos.
Low Profile Orthodontic Options for Adults
One reason often provided by adults about why they aren't seeking orthodontic treatment is the concern with the appearance of braces. Thankfully dental and orthodontic technology has come a long way from how you may remember it.
There are many convenient and discreet orthodontic treatments available for adult patients. Each of these options come with their own advantages and disadvantages.
Some adult patients may be candidates for clear aligners. These custom-made, clear, plastic aligners are hard for the average observer to tell you're wearing. They gradually move your teeth with gentle, continual pressure without using brackets or wires.
One benefit of clear aligners is that they are removable. You can eat, drink, brush and floss as you normally would during treatment. This convenience and their transparency make them an attractive treatment option that fits easily into your day-to-day lifestyle.
You will need to wear the aligners at least 22 hours per day and change out aligners every two weeks to make sure treatment is successful. This requires significant self-discipline.
Thanks to advancements in orthodontic technology, adult braces are a more viable option for patients who may not be candidates for clear aligners or prefer braces.
Metal braces are more comfortable and less obtrusive than they've ever been before. Composed on wires, brackets and elastics, braces apply a carefully calibrated force to your teeth to shift them over time.
Braces can treat misalignments and malocclusions. They can't be taken out, but you won't have to worry about timing snacks and meals or remembering to switch aligners like with clear aligners.
If you are worries about the cost of orthodontic treatments, talk to your orthodontist. They may have financing or payment plans available.
Do you have questions about adult orthodontic treatment?
A dentist can answer any of your questions.