Many people avoid getting braces as they grow older because they feel that adults cannot benefit from braces, or that having these silver objects of entrapment will have an effect on their professional or personal life. The image of braces is usually linked to teenagers who still haven’t hit puberty but that is as far from the truth as possible – adult braces are rocketing in popularity and with good reason.
There are many different types of braces than can help you in dealing with a wide variety of orthodontic issues like crooked teeth, gaps between teeth, misalignment, overbites, underbites and problems with the jaw. If you don’t want to get traditional metal braces as they are more noticeable, there are a number of other options that you can go for to fix your teeth. Just visit a dentist or orthodontist, who will be able to help you gauge the best way forward for your orthodontic treatment.
Can Adults Get Braces?
There is a huge misconception that you can’t get braces as an adult. Yes, adults can get braces. While it is recommended that orthodontic appliances like braces are opted for when you are still young and your mouth and face are still growing, this doesn’t mean that braces aren’t effective in dealing with orthodontic issues in adults.
The ideal age is about 10-14 years as the dentist or orthodontist can give you better results at this stage. Braces are able to move your teeth in the desired direction with greater ease when you are young. As you become an adult, the growth of the face and mouth also stops. This means the progress that you could have made if you got braces as a child will be slower now, but it won’t be missing. You can still correct the look of your teeth and deal with any misalignment as an adult. The best way is to visit a dentist or orthodontist, who will be able to tell you about the different kinds of braces and what is likely to be most effective for your case.
Most Popular Braces for Adults
There are many different types of braces that can be helpful even for adults. While the traditional metal braces can also work, these aren’t mentioned here because they are quite noticeable.
Ceramic braces work with the same concept of brackets and wires but are less noticeable than metal braces because of the material that they are made of. The ceramic material used blends in with the background of the teeth so that the braces are less noticeable.
- These are relatively inexpensive and work very well in dealing with a number of different orthodontic issues.
- As the ceramic camouflages with the teeth, people will not be able to notice that you have braces from a distance.
- They are more effective than aligners when it comes to moving your teeth in the right direction.
- These are not suitable for people who play sports or instruments with their mouths.
- You may notice a number of cuts or discomfort when you first try to get used to the braces.
In the case of traditional braces, the wire that runs through the brackets on your teeth is held in place by tiny rubber bands. Eliminating the need for these rubber bands, self-ligating braces use brackets that have tiny doors that hold the wire in place for more stability.
- These braces are very popular amongst dentists and orthodontists as they eliminate the need for using rubber bands to hold the wires running through the brackets.
- They hold on to less food and can turn out to be less painful for patients than regular metal braces.
- Your trips to the orthodontist will be reduced, as there is less of a chance of these braces giving you problems.
- These braces are not very discreet so if you are an adult who doesn’t want people around him or her to know that you have braces, you should look at other options.
Lingual braces are very similar to metal or ceramic braces, but instead of being placed on the surface of your teeth that is visible to the world, these braces are placed towards the inside, facing the tongue.
- These are custom made for every patient who decides to get lingual braces.
- As they are hidden on the inner surface of your teeth, no one will be able to tell that you have braces.
- If you are a musician or sportsperson, regular braces can be a challenge. With lingual braces, you don’t have to worry about not being able to play.
- These braces can be quite expensive, as they need special technology to make customized brackets and additional expertise on the behalf of the dentist.
- It takes time for people to adjust to these as basic tasks like talking and brushing become more difficult in the initial stage.
The last option on this list is great for people who have minor alignment issues and don’t want to wear proper braces. Invisalign is a type of transparent or clear aligner that is customized according to the needs of the patient. It fits around the teeth in a very natural manner so that no can even tell that you have aligners.
- As it is a clear aligner, there are no brackets or wires. Most people can never tell that the patient is wearing Invisalign.
- There are no restrictions on hard or sticky food – which can’t be eaten with braces – as you are required to remove the aligner before eating.
- This doesn’t work for a lot of more severe orthodontic issues.
- You need to have it on for at least 22 hours every day in order for Invisalign to work in the best possible way.
All of the options mentioned above are effective in fixing orthodontic problems, even in adults. The choice that you make, however, will be dependent on the severity of the problem, your financial resources and how long you are ready to wear the braces for.