Braces are an exciting part of most of the children and teenagers of the world. In pursuit of a beautiful smile, many adults are opting for braces too. Adult braces are on the rise. Thanks to the improved technology, orthodontic treatments at present, are more convenient than ever. As the number of available treatment options has skyrocketed, more and more orthodontists are developing new affordable methods for every budget. Braces are, therefore, an investment in your oral health.
Why is there a need for adults to have braces? Beyond aesthetics, dental and orthodontic issues such as improper jaw alignment, overcrowding, overbites, underbites, and crooked teeth are some of the common causes, as you age. Adults are often surprised to know that braces can also fix their other linked dental problems like bone and gum loss, headaches, tooth decay, and jaw pain.
Braces usually are one of the best orthodontic techniques. Gradually moving the teeth to the desired location requires constant pressure on them to move them to their optimal position. The wires need to be continuously replaced with a thicker wire every few weeks to obtain the required teeth location. After installation, braces must be adjusted regularly to maintain the correct degree of tension.
With today’s technology, several types of braces are available, depending upon the individual case. Orthodontic treatment does not always have to be metal. You can choose from several types of treatments to achieve your dream smile.
The most common type of orthodontic treatment is a traditional metal and ceramic brackets which are easy to apply and cost-effective. In this type of braces, brackets are attached to the teeth with the help of wires threaded through the slots in the brackets. The difference in the metal and ceramic braces is color. Ceramic braces use custom-made white or clear brackets that look more natural and are harder to notice.
Lingual braces are also a popular option for adults as they are virtually undetectable to other people. They work like traditional braces and consists of a wire attached to the back of the teeth. However, some of the limitations that are associated with lingual braces are discomfort, pain, and high cost.
Clear aligners are transparent plastic trays that you wear to straighten your teeth. Each aligner moves the teeth towards the desired position.
A series of aligners must be worn during the entire treatment to achieve the best results. They are extremely popular among adults, as they are easily removable. You can brush and floss your teeth normally, as you always do.
It has been shown that misaligned teeth can lead to serious dental issues. Wearing braces requires excellent oral hygiene. Realigning your bite promotes your good oral health. Orthodontic treatment can help in the prevention of tooth decay, gum disease, and the wearing of enamel. But, the biggest reward most of the people get, from the orthodontic treatment, is the building of confidence with a great smile.
It is never too late to improve your smile regardless of your age. Healthy teeth can be moved at all ages, and a beautiful smile is a worthy investment in yourself.