Braces for adults have become quite common as people decide they’re unhappy with the way their teeth look or discover they could benefit from teeth that are more properly aligned. If you are an adult, there are several options available for orthodontic treatment.
Braces for Adults
Braces are traditionally a sort of rite of passage for adolescents. Most people are treated in their late teens, as permanent teeth have all emerged and it’s possible to see how teeth should be shifted for an optimal alignment and bite. However, it’s becoming more common for adults to have braces to correct alignment problems when teeth have either moved out of position over time, or because they did not receive orthodontic treatment earlier in life and are now experiencing issues related to malocclusion.
Braces for adults generally work exactly the same way as braces for adolescents. There are more options available now aside from traditional metal braces and bands, so adults can choose the kind of braces they feel will best meet their needs and lifestyle. These additional options can help adults be more comfortable with choosing much-needed orthodontic treatment.
Types of Braces for Adults
Many adults who choose braces prefer an approach that isn’t as visible as traditional metal brackets and bands. Fortunately, there are several approaches available that can provide excellent results but that are less detrimental to your appearance. Some of these are:
- Porcelain braces. The brackets are made of tooth-colored porcelain instead of metal.
- Lingual braces. The brackets are placed on the backs of the teeth.
- Aligner trays. Clear plastic trays gradually move the teeth into position.
If you need to have braces as an adult, talk to your orthodontist about these options. Some might work better than others for your specific issues; your orthodontist can determine what approach will provide you with the best results. For example, if you have severe misalignment or a crossbite, traditional braces might be a better choice than lingual braces or aligner trays.
Contact our team today about your options!