Are There Braces for Adults?

Children aren’t the only humans that struggle with crooked or misaligned teeth. As we know, adults can have the same problem. In fact, over 50% of braces are now placed on adults, according to WebMD. However, the treatment looks much different than it used to, with fewer and smaller brackets, less metal, and more clear aligners.

Many adults never alleviated major problems with their teeth when they were children, going years with a smile that could be more beautiful. Most adults with crooked or misaligned teeth are extremely self-conscious about their smile, and this feeling affects the amount they laugh or enjoy themselves with friends, family, and colleagues. The good news is that new options exist for adults who want to straighten their smile but don’t want to deal with a mouth full of metal.

The other reason to get braces as an adult is to ensure that your smile is as healthy as possible. When teeth are crooked or misaligned, plaque builds up unevenly and aggregates in small places and cracks that shouldn’t be there. More plaque means more gum disease and major problems with dental health down the road.

While adults with extremely crooked teeth may need more traditional braces to fix their problem, most adults will benefit greatly from the use of clear aligners. As a Top 1% Invisalign Provider, we’ve performed this procedure for several years, with excellent results. Invisalign® is clear and practically invisible, so nothing gets in the way of your new smile. The aligners are unobtrusive in business meetings or social gatherings. There aren’t any metal wires or bands to irritate your mouth. In the end, most people won’t notice you’re wearing aligners at all. In 2011, over 1.5 million patients used Invisalign to achieve straighter teeth. Invisalign is not a fad or a gimmick. It’s a reliable treatment option that really works for millions of patients.

The Invisalign treatment isn’t nearly as invasive to daily routines as traditional braces are. Aligners are often changed about every 2 weeks, offering you a way to achieve better oral health along the way to straighter teeth. Invisalign must be worn 20-22 hours a day to be effective. This means that Invisalign is a serious commitment that our patients must take seriously. Invisalign generates tremendous patient outcomes, but it takes a sacrifice that patients must be willing to accept. However, in the end, most patients proclaim that this sacrifice is much less than they thought they might have to endure with traditional braces.

In the end, it’s never too late to straighten your teeth in order to gain a more beautiful and healthier smile, whether you’re just out of high school or beginning your adventure into retirement.

If you have any questions about your dental health or if you would like to schedule a free consultation, please contact our team or make an appointment. Our incredible staff will give you the best dental care possible.

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