Adult Orthodontics: What Are The Options?
It's Never Too Late To Get The Smile You Deserve
Don't let your age prevent you from having the smile you've always wanted. Orthodontic treatment is not just for children and teenagers anymore. According to the American Association of Orthodontists, adults now account for one in five orthodontic cases and there are currently over one million adults seeking orthodontic treatment in the United States. Tooth movement is the same for children and adults and teeth can be straightened at any age. Most adults feel embarrassed with idea of wearing braces and think the treatment time takes too long. The truth is, braces have advanced so that the discomfort of wearing them has decreased significantly and the frequency of office visits and treatment time has been reduced.
Adults now have many options that allow them to undergo orthodontic treatment discreetly and quickly. Patients can choose clear aligners (Invisalign), traditional braces, clear braces, or lingual (behind the teeth) braces.
Traditional braces are more comfortable than previously and now use less metal or no metal at all. Clear plastic aligners, also known as Invisalign, are a series of trays that a patient wears over their teeth during the treatment period, usually 9-15 months. The number of trays varies case to case, but is usually between 18-30. Invisalign offers many cosmetic benefits, and is therefore a great alternative to traditional metal braces. Invisalign is generally used to treat mild cases of orthodontics and is not recommended for all patients. Some patients who wear the Invisalign clear aligners may need to get metal braces in order to fine tune the treatment. Another type of treatment with cosmetic benefits is lingual braces (named because they face the tongue). Lingual braces are metal braces on the inside of your teeth and are a good alternative for adults who want to get the smile they want without traditional braces. Like clear aligners, lingual braces are not appropriate for all cases. A consultation with an Orthodontist can help you determine which treatment option is best for you.