An increasing number of adults are deciding to wear braces to straighten their teeth and correct bad bites. It is estimated that now almost one third of current orthodontic patients are adults. Fortunately orthodontic braces have been modified and adapted to make them more convenient for adults.
Crooked or misaligned teeth are unsightly, causing lack of self confidence and poor self esteem. They can also lead to difficulties in speaking, biting, and chewing.
The results of wearing braces to realign the teeth are extremely successful and predictable. Braces work in the same way on adults and children, but the treatment time is reduced in patients who are still experiencing jaw growth and who have not had gum disease. Therefore, treatment time may be longer for adults.
The benefits of straight teeth
Straight teeth have a more pleasant appearance, but they are also healthier. The benefits of straight teeth are:
- Reduced tooth decay
- Decreased chance of getting gum disease
- Decreased chance of tooth injury
- Reduced digestive problems
Types of braces
There is a wide range of fixed and removable braces available.
Traditional braces: These consist of metal, clear synthetic, or tooth-colored ceramic brackets which are cemented onto each tooth and an archwire which is used to move the teeth gently into place. They are strong and durable. They remain attached to the teeth until the end of the treatment.
Invisalign®: The Invisalign system is a series of customized clear BPA-free plastic aligners that are nearly invisible. The aligners are changed every few weeks and can be removed by the patient which means that the length of treatment is patient controlled. The Invisalign system is known for being both comfortable and effective. Dr Yash is an Invisalign Certified Dentist.
Lingual braces: These are usually metal braces that are attached to the teeth on the tongue side so that they aren’t visible.
Each type of orthodontic braces has advantages. The type of braces recommended will be determined in each individual case after a thorough visual exam and an evaluation of panoramic X-rays and bite impressions. Before getting braces, any pre-existing dental conditions such as tooth decay, gum disease, or excess plaque will need to be treated.
Dr Yash performs some orthodontic procedures and will refer his patient to an orthodontist when needed. If you have any questions or concerns about orthodontics, please call or contact our office.