Braces can actually help you out in achieving the beautiful smile that you have been wishing for. Even if you are a full-grown adult, there are still braces out there that you can use, and they will still be effective in realigning your teeth. Anything from the traditional, steel braces to the lingual braces and beyond for more discreet options, there is a type of braces that fits for everybody. The first step that you will have to make in learning more is to visit a certified orthodontist, who will talk you about the options that you are qualified for in terms of effective treatment. Fill yourself up with hope – you can certainly achieve a smile that you have been wanting for a while, and it’s never too late for adults to be able to start orthodontic treatment! We may think that it is something mainly for kids, but there are thousands of adults out there who are undergoing orthodontic treatment – you just may not know it yet because of how discreet their treatment methods might be!
Below is a list of available braces options that your orthodontist will provide for you:
Metal braces: One of the most common options available for braces would be the traditional steel braces. We are all familiar with the way that these look, as they have become the brunt of our childhood jokes for many years. These are highly effective though in terms of treatment, and even though they are old-fashioned (they way far from the garish and huge head braces that our parents had to wear for treatment), they are still extremely effective as forms of treatment. Steel braces are glued to the front of the teeth by metal brackets, and the wires that are connected to these brackets are the tools for treatment. The orthodontist tightens the wires in order to pursue treatment. These are the cheapest method available in orthodontic treatment right now, but it is a setback that they are so obvious in the way that they look. We tend to see these kinds of braces on children and teenagers, and as a result, it’s not a viable option for adults to wear because of the stigma associated with these braces. An adult will want to maintain professional appearances, and so these are not good options for them.
Clear braces: The other option that is available as far as more traditional braces are concerned are the clear braces. Clear braces are designed to work very much like steel braces, except that the brackets are clear instead of being a made by a shiny metal that reflects light and attracts unwanted attention. These were created around the same time as steel braces have been, but they were designed for older patients who wanted to maintain professional appearances. They are not invisible, though. Your peers, co-workers and friends will be able to see that you have them on. There are actually other, more discreet options available instead, so you may not want to go ahead and put these on, but you should know that this option is cheaper as well. These are very good for teens who suffer from a lot of anxiety though about the thought of wearing braces.
Lingual braces: Maybe lingual braces will be a better option for you because they are so discreet. Sometimes they are called hidden braces, as they are glued behind the teeth and are set up in the same bracket and wire system as the other braces are. You will not have any friends that will be able to tell that you have these braces on. They are, however, uncomfortable to wear and the orthodontist will have to be even more careful when applying them. They are also a little harder to clean. It is possible that you may not be eligible for them depending on your teeth. These braces will have to fit properly in order to work properly, but when they do, they are very effective in treatment.
Invisible braces: These on the other hand are very comfortable to wear. An example of these are Invisalign. They are clear, plastic aligners that are 100% clear and wear on like a mouth guard. They are created through a computer program that has scanned a mold of your teeth and the orthodontist has created a custom aligner for you. You swap these for a new one every few weeks. The aligners are created by a 3-D printer, and because of this, this will end up being a much costlier method in comparison to the other methods of treatment.