Staring at ourselves on Zoom all day has given rise to the number of us seeking adult orthodontic treatment. Missing teeth or slight misalignment can make anyone self-conscious over their appearance when they smile or talk.
The introduction and popularity of clear braces have also made it easier to address orthodontic problems as an adult.
It’s safe to say that most of us wouldn’t choose to have unnecessary dental work and may shiver at the thought of having invasive, traditional braces as adults.
But with the introduction and popularity of solutions like Invisalign, orthodontic treatment on adults has never been easier and less noticeable.
What types of braces are available for adults?
There are several options available to you if you’re considering teeth straightening treatment:
Clear braces from Invisalign are one of the most popular choices for straightening teeth. The treatment consists of using sets of clear plastic aligners that will gradually shift your teeth into the desired position. These braces can be removed for eating and teeth cleaning, and are hardly noticeable when worn.
Clear Ceramic Braces
This treatment option comprises clear braces made from ceramic that work in the same way as traditional braces. Small brackets are fixed to the front surface of the teeth in a tooth-coloured material that makes them less noticeable than their metal counterparts.
Lingual braces are another discreet way to improve the alignment of your teeth. They are fitted behind the teeth which is why they’re sometimes called hidden braces. They’re very effective at moving the teeth but treatment time can take a little longer compared to Invisalign and traditional braces.
Metal braces are still a highly effective teeth straightening treatment for adults. Advances in orthodontics have made these braces far more comfortable and less intrusive than they once were.
How long does orthodontic treatment take as an adult?
As adults, our teeth have generally settled into position and the bone metabolism and blood supply are reduced. Therefore tooth movement can take longer in adults than in children.
You also need to bear in mind that many adults will have had some form of restorative treatment on their teeth whether it’s fillings, crowns, dental implants or veneers. While it’s still possible for restored teeth to be treated, your dentist will need to take this into account when devising your treatment plan.
What is the oldest age to have braces?
There really is no age limit when it comes to adult braces. During consultation, it will be determined if you’re suitable for teeth straightening treatment but this is down to the condition of your existing teeth rather than your age.
About Neyo Dental Specialists
We take pride in offering first-class orthodontics and dental treatments to all of our patients in West Sussex. Our state-of-the-art clinic was a mere dream 10 years ago but is now a 5-star clinic with a reputation for excellence. We’re driven by our passion to deliver exceptional dentistry at all times.
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