You’re never too old to improve your smile. Millions of people have done so through orthodontic treatment. Recent advancements in the field of orthodontics has led to more comfortable and discreet treatment options that make it incredibly easy for both adults and teens to wear braces.
Wearing braces has become almost a rite of passage for many teenagers. But one in four orthodontic patients is actually an adult. Getting braces as an adult is more than about mere aesthetics. It enhances your physical, emotional, and mental well-being.
Benefits of Braces:
- Restores functionality of teeth and proper bite
- Enhances general appearance
- Promotes enhanced oral health
- Boosts your self-image and confidence
- Lowers odds of developing tooth decay
- Helps prevent gum disease
- Prevents or slows bone loss around teeth
There have been many changes in the field of orthodontics over the years, but traditional metal braces remain the most common type of braces used for straightening teeth. They involve the use of metal brackets, arch wires, and bands or elastic ties.
Today’s metal braces are not as bulky and noticeable as in years past. Smaller brackets are used, and braces are now more affordable and comfortable than ever before.
The only difference between lingual braces and traditional metal braces is that the lingual form is placed on the back of the teeth, making them far harder to detect by others. Your teeth must be a certain length so that there is sufficient space for gluing the braces onto the teeth. So lingual braces are more common among adults.
Ceramic braces are another type that is more discrete, due to the use of clear or tooth-colored brackets that can be made from ceramic, plastic or porcelain.
Ceramic braces and traditional metal braces are about the same in terms of size and shape, but ceramic braces are more expensive and less noticeable.
Invisalign is another type of orthodontic treatment for straightening teeth that can be used with both teens and adults. The system utilizes clear plastic aligners that gradually move your teeth into their correct positions, straightening your smile over time.
The Invisalign system provides a remarkably convenient and discreet treatment option. The clear plastic aligners are virtually undetectable to others. And you can remove them at any time to eat or clean your teeth.
One of the main benefits of Invisalign is that there are no food restrictions, as with metal braces. With metal braces, you must avoid foods that are hard or sticky, and could damage or stick to the metal brackets. With Invisalign, all that you need to do to eat your favorite foods and snacks is to remove your aligners and replace them when you are done.
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