Think that braces or orthodontic treatment is just for kids or teenagers? Think again! Orthodontic treatment is something that can benefit patients of all ages. Many, many adults come to us to improve the look of their smile or overall oral health. Let’s talk about adult braces and the various options that are available.
Why Get Braces as an Adult?
The most obvious reason that patients – especially adults – seek out orthodontic treatment is to achieve a bright, beautiful smile and straight teeth. And it is true that crooked teeth can severely affect self-esteem. We love helping patients who have always been self-conscious about their smiles be more confident! Whether it’s crooked teeth, an over or underbite, crowding or other aesthetic concerns, adult braces may be the answer.
Additionally, adult braces can improve your overall oral health! Many of the same problems that patients find visually unappealing, such as overcrowding or misalignment, can also cause multiple problems like tooth decay, TMJ pain, teeth grinding, and even difficulty eating or speaking. Many times, adult braces can remedy or prevent common dental health problems that if left untreated may become more costly to fix or result in permanent damage.
What are my Options for Adult Braces?
One BIG hurdle that is common for patients seeking adult braces is the way that they will look. And we totally get it! We offer a variety of options that will suit most everyone’s wish list when it comes to appearance.
For adults seeking the most subtle option possible, we recommend Invisalign. A series of clear trays, called aligners, gently move teeth into their ideal position. These aligners are nearly invisible and are also removable. This is an excellent option for most adult patients.
Clarity Advance ceramic braces provide a natural-colored bracket that blends in with the teeth that many adult patients find to be an aesthetically pleasing way to achieve their smile goals. And finally, the 3M Victory Series™ Active brackets are perfect for the patients who don’t mind the look of traditional metal braces, and want added comfort and efficiency.
Each patient will have different needs when it comes to achieving desired results. Dr. Durham is happy to discuss each of the above options so that you can make the best decision possible when it comes to choosing your adult braces path.
I had braces as a kid. Do I need them as an adult?
Well, that depends! If you’re experiencing teeth crowding, grinding or TMJ pain, then adult braces may be able to help. Similarly, if you’re unhappy with the look of your smile, adult braces may be the answer. Many patients want to know why their smile doesn’t look the same as it did when they finished treatment as a kid. And unfortunately, there isn’t just one answer that can explain why. Sometimes it’s because a patient didn’t continue follow-up care like wearing a retainer and sometimes it’s just because teeth can move as we age. Whatever the reason, adult braces can help you achieve a healthy and happy smile you’ll love.
How long will treatment take?
For adult patients who had braces as a teenager, the time it will take to complete treatment is another very common concern. The great news is that it probably won’t take as long as you expect! We offer a limited treatment option called Smile Express, where results can be achieved in as few as 6 to 12 months!
It’s very likely that the hardest part of adult braces is just the first step of reaching out. No matter what may be holding you back or what questions you have, we are here to help! Nothing should come between you and your ideal smile. We love helping our adult patients find the newfound confidence that comes from easily achievable beautiful, straight teeth. Contact us today to start the process for yourself!