Dr. Chelian Orthodontics

Things to Look for in Adult Braces

Posted on July 7, 2022

As more adults embrace getting braces, the demand for treatment in adult orthodontics is also increasing. The American Association of Orthodontics estimates that one in every five orthodontic patients are adults. As you advance in age, your teeth may start showing signs of wear. When this happens, you may be referred to an orthodontist to have your teeth corrected or straightened. The most common treatment used in orthodontics is braces. While using braces in children is popular among many people, adults can also receive braces for many reasons including improving their teeth and jaw, enhancing appearance, and correcting crooked teeth. Bad oral health can negatively impact your self-esteem, but with the help of adult orthodontics and braces, you can achieve the smile you have always wanted. Adult braces come in many styles. Generally, the more traditional your braces look and feel, the more comfortable they are. There are various features you should consider when choosing the ideal adult braces for you to use. Here are some braces options you can choose from.

Metal Braces

Also known as traditional braces, these consist of brackets, usually made of stainless steel, and are attached to wires joined by small rubber bands. These wires are designed so that they gently guide your teeth into their correct position. Although they’ve been used for years, new techniques and technology have enabled less noticeable and smaller metal brackets to become possible.

Ceramic Braces

Ceramic braces share the same similarities as metal ones. However, ceramic braces are made of clear-colored ceramic or are custom-designed to match the color of a person’s teeth. These types of braces are known for their comfort, although they tend to be a bit more expensive. They are a good choice if you want to get custom braces that suit your preferences.

Clear Aligners

Clear braces have taken the orthodontic world by storm. The most desirable aspects of this style of treatment include the aligners’ removability, invisibility, and convenience. With removable aligners, you can clean your teeth without having to navigate braces wires. With these perks in mind, clear aligners are often popular with adults and college students who wish for an option they can remove for meals, pictures, and social situations. Every two weeks, a new set of aligners are provided to continue to slowly guide the teeth into proper alignment. At the end of the treatment, nightly retainers can help preserve your new smile.

If you require adult orthodontics services today, contact our office to schedule an appointment with a qualified orthodontist who will guide which treatment approach is suitable for you.


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