What are the options when it comes to braces for adults?

What are the options when it comes to braces for adults?

There are a number of reasons why adults choose to undertake orthodontic treatments.They may not have had access to treatment when they were young, or their teeth may have started to shift later on in life depending on things such as a missing tooth, or wisdom teeth pushing through.

The thought of having traditional metal braces is unappealing to some people, most particularly adults. With modern technology however, there are now other options for adults that wish to have a better smile.

Today, orthodontic treatment is a viable option for almost any adult. Approximately, one in five orthodontic patients is an adult and this number continues to grow. With advancements in orthodontic treatment, you have many options available to you that will fit in with your current lifestyle.

Clear aligners

One of the most popular alternatives to braces for adults who don’t require major corrections is clear aligners. These transparent options feature custom-made aligners that gradually shift the teeth over time.
There are obvious benefits of these so called invisible braces, such as their subtle appearance and removability. They are also beneficial because they allow easy access for cleaning. The aligners can be removed when you eat and drink, minimising the risk of food getting stuck.

This effective and simple solution offers optimal comfort throughout treatment and is gentle on teeth and gums.

Braces – ceramic, lingual and traditional

If you have a more serious case of misaligned teeth or jaw, you may need another more effective treatment. As traditional braces have been perfected over time, they can often achieve dramatic results in the shortest amount of time. With modern technology, braces have come a long way and are much smaller and more comfortable than they used to be. With an experienced orthodontist, who can formulate a treatment plan that is highly suited to you, this is generally the most effective treatment available.

Ceramic braces work just like traditional metal braces but they are created out of ceramic material in a colour that is matched to the colour of your teeth, giving you a seamless smile while undertaking treatment. Lingual braces also function like traditional braces but are bonded to the back of your teeth instead of to the front. This means that no one will ever be able to see that you have braces!

Straight teeth are healthy teeth

In addition to enhancing the appearance of your smile, orthodontic treatment can greatly improve the function as well. Straighter teeth generally mean healthier teeth. This is due to the fact that your pearly whites will be much easier to brush and keep clean as there are less hard-to-reach surfaces, and the fact that food will not be as easily trapped anymore.

Consult your orthodontist who can assess your situation and discuss what treatment will be most appropriate for you.

This Australian Society of Orthodontists' blog was based on content supplied by Victoria Park Dental Specialists.