Adult Braces — Choose the Right Option for You!
Braces have always been associated with children and teenagers, but in 2018, more adults than ever are opting for teeth straightening treatment so they can feel more confident in their smile. If you suffer from misaligned teeth and you’re wanting to correct the problem, let us talk you through some of the different types of adult braces.
When most people think of braces, metal braces are the ones that come to mind. Often described as “train track” braces, they are formed on small metal brackets fitted to the front of the teeth, with a wire running through and kept in place by elastic bands. Modern metal braces are much smaller and more comfortable than braces were in the past and in many cases, treatment is faster than it used to be.
Just like metal braces, ceramic braces are fitted to the front of your teeth, but they use clear or tooth coloured brackets that are more subtle in appearance. The brackets themselves are similar in size and shape to metal brackets and a wire runs through. However, the neutral coloured brackets certainly help make the braces less noticeable.
Self-ligating braces are another alternative to metal braces. Self-ligating means that the bracket can tie itself to the archwire; instead of using elastic bands to fasten the wire to the brackets, small metal clips are used. One of the biggest benefits of self-ligating braces are that treatment times can be shorter as the wires don’t need to be tightened at every appointment.
Functional braces are most commonly used for patients who are still growing, as they are used to correct bite and move teeth that stick out a lot. Formed of plastic removable braces for the upper and lower teeth, functional braces help to encourage the jaw of teenagers and young adults to grow into the desired biting position.
Invisalign clear aligners
It’s no surprise that clear aligners are amongst the most popular adult braces treatments. Invisalign clear aligners use positioners that fit over the teeth and gradually move the teeth into the desired position. Made from wafer thin, medical grade plastic, Invisalign aligners are practically invisible to the untrained eye and can be removed at meal times and to clean your teeth. Each set of positioners are designed to be worn for around two weeks before they are changed to the next set — this continues until the teeth reach the optimal position.
Lingual braces are arguably the most discreet adult braces available. Like traditional braces, they are formed of metal brackets and wires, however, the brackets are fitted to the back of the teeth, making them invisible to anyone except your orthodontist and dentist. Lingual braces work in much the same way as metal braces and can effectively treat a wide range of misalignment problems, including more severe cases that aren’t suitable for treatments such as Invisalign.
If you have crooked or misaligned teeth and would like to learn more about your options for adult braces, please call Manchester based Northenden House Orthodontics on 0161 998 2622 to make an enquiry.