Orthodontic braces were historically associated with teenagers.
Today, an increasing number of adults are choosing to wear braces to straighten their teeth and correct malocclusions. Orthodontic braces are predictable, versatile and incredibly successful at realigning the teeth.
Benefits of adult braces:
Straight teeth offer a multitude of health and dental benefits including:
- Reduction in general tooth decay
- Decreased likelihood of developing periodontal disease
- Decreased likelihood of tooth injury
- Reduction in digestive disorders
Fortunately, orthodontic braces have been adapted and modified to make them more convenient for adults. There are now a wide range of fixed and removable devices available, depending on the precise classification of the malocclusion.
Types of adult braces:
- Traditional braces – These braces are strong and tend not to stain the teeth. They are comprised of individual brackets which are cemented to each tooth and accompanied by an archwire which constantly asserts gentle pressure on the teeth. Traditional braces are generally metal but are also available in a clear synthetic material and \"tooth colored\" ceramic. The ceramic brackets are generally more comfortable than the metal alternative, but can become discolored by coffee, wine, smoking and certain foods.
- Invisalign – Invisalign aligners are favored by many adults because they are both removable and invisible to onlookers. Invisalign aligners are clear trays, and should be worn for the recommended amount of time each day for the quickest results.
- Lingual braces – These appliances are usually metal and fixed on the tongue side of the teeth becoming unnoticeable to others. Lingual braces tend to be moderately expensive and in some cases, can interfere with normal speech.