It is a common misconception that orthodontics and braces are only for teenagers and children, when in actual fact there are many adults who get the treatment. It is never too late to get your teeth fixed, and many adults who skipped dental treatment as a teenager can make the decision in later life to have their teeth straightened.
If you are concerned about the appearance of your teeth or feeling like you need a correction to your teeth, then do not hesitate to contact your dentist, and let them know of your situation. If you go in for a consultation, they will be able to assess your teeth, and let you know which treatment will be most effective for your individual case.
Many adults can be worried however, that they will receive the metal “tracks” that are often associated with being a teenager. As many adults will make it their priority to look as professional as possible, and to look their age, many of them will be averse to this treatment. However, the truth is that there are many other treatments available, many of them with the sole purpose of being more discreet.
These braces will work almost exactly the same way as fixed braces, however, will not be made from the same material. Ceramic braces will be either tooth coloured or clear and be hard to see against the enamel. In terms of advantages when moving teeth, these braces will have almost exactly the same number of positives as fixed braces, however the one downside is that they are more expensive as they are made from more advanced materials.
Another way to hide the fixtures in the mouth, is to have them on the inside of the teeth. These are known as lingual braces and can be an extremely subtle way to keep your dental treatment discreet, but also have an effective permanent fixture that doesn’t need to be replaced. Lingual braces can take some getting used to however, due to the fact that they are on the inside of the teeth. They can impinge on the movement of your tongue slightly, and in chewing and swallowing food, so it may take a few days to become adjusted. However, once you are used to the braces then you should be problem-free.
One popular and unique treatment is Invisalign. Invisalign works by using a series of plastic braces that are replaced every two weeks. They are made from a transparent clear material, which fits exactly over the teeth, so when they are worn, they are extremely difficult to notice. Invisalign braces are also fully removable, so it is possible to eat and drink whatever you want to and also maintain the same level of dental hygiene, which with other braces may be difficult.
Every type of braces carries with its pros and cons, and each their own expenses. If you are unsure on which type would be best for you, then simply consult your dentist, and they will be able to display the options available to you.