Braces for adults are a lot more common than you might think. In fact, per the American Association of Orthodontics, 1 in 4 patients with braces are adults. If you’ve always dreamed of having a beautiful smile but have been discouraged by appearance issues, know that orthodontic technology has come a long way. There are options available to you that you may not be aware of.
A lot of adults can benefit from orthodontic treatment for health reasons, in addition to improved appearance. If you have crowded or misaligned teeth, you will have increased likelihood of tooth decay because plaque can build up in these hard to reach areas.
Issues such as teeth that are not aligned properly, irregular bite, and improper jaw positioning can all be causing a variety of problems. In some of these cases Orthodontic treatment can be beneficial even if your teeth are relatively straight. An improper bite or misaligned jaw can also cause health issues and painful symptoms.
As well, issues such as these, if not addressed, can also lead to gum disease, irregular wear on the teeth enamel, and even TMJ headaches and/or jaw pain.
And let’s not forget the aesthetic reasons for orthodontic care! A beautiful smile does wonders for self-esteem and confidence! Orthodontic treatment can also make your face more symmetrical which will make you more attractive.
Braces Options for Adults
Love Orthodontics offers a variety of braces for adults designed to suit your needs. Traditional metal braces are always an option, but if you’re concerned about your appearance there are others too:
- Clear Braces – These types of braces work just like metal braces do except they are made out of porcelain instead of metal. They can either be completely clear or can be tinted to match your tooth color. Clear braces consist of brackets that attach to the teeth, and an arch wire that connects them along with plastic bands which keep the wire attached to the brackets. What’s also great about these is that the wire and plastic bands can be white or clear for a further inconspicuous look!
- Lingual Braces – Because lingual braces are placed on the back of the teeth, no one will ever know that you’re wearing braces at all since they won’t be visible. Lingual braces are self-ligating which means that there are no plastic bands required to keep the brackets attached to the arch wire; they will feel less bulky and be easier to keep clean too. They also use less pressure than other braces so your mouth won’t feel quite as sore when you have them adjusted. Also, the brackets of lingual braces are smaller, rounder, and smoother than traditional braces so there is less tongue irritation.
- Invisalign™– Invisalign treatment consists of using clear plastic aligners that fit perfectly over your teeth and are changed out every few weeks. This allows them to move teeth little by little until they are in perfect alignment. Because the aligners are clear, they are almost invisible. You can also remove them to eat and drink and they are less irritating to the mouth which ensures an easier adjustment period. Invisalign™ is an extremely popular choice for adults who get braces.
If you have questions and want to learn more to see what options are available to you, give us a call at 417-221-5740 or click on the link below. We have locations in Springfield, Branson, and Carthage. Dr. G. offers a free, no obligation consultation which will include a full exam. He and our staff will be happy to help you achieve your perfect smile!