The number of adults opting for braces to correct malocclusions has gone up 40 percent in the past 25 years. This may be partly due to the desire to have a more attractive appearance, but it is also because of the innovations in orthodontics that make braces for adults virtually invisible. There are three main types of braces that are popular for adults because they are less obvious than the traditional metal braces.
Ceramic braces straighten your teeth the same way as metal braces, but there is one big difference. Ceramic braces are white or clear, and they are very difficult to detect. They have brackets and wires that shift the teeth into the right position. The brackets are white, but the arch wire that goes across the front of your teeth is still steel-colored.
However, white or frosted wires are also available. The main benefit of ceramic braces is the pleasing and less conspicuous appearance. They are almost invisible from a distance and rarely show in photographs.
These braces are another orthodontic advancement because they use a metal clip to connect the brackets to the archwire. For many adults, this makes treatment more comfortable and more efficient since there is no friction from ligatures.
Removable, Invisible Braces
Invisible braces for adults are clear, plastic aligner systems that gradually move your teeth into the correct position. The aligners are custom-made and are changed about every two weeks. Each new aligner moves your teeth a little closer to the goal.
There are two huge advantages to this type of braces for adults. One, they are removable and are taken out every time you eat. This means you do not have any dietary restrictions and can eat all of the foods you usually eat. You just brush your teeth after you eat before you put the aligner back in.
You can continue to brush and floss as usual. The other great advantage is the invisibility, and your best friends may not even notice them. Plastic aligners are more comfortable than other types of braces for adults, and do not irritate your lips, cheeks and tongue.
Braces for Adults: Making the Right Choice
Adults are getting braces to repair problems with their bite or to improve their appearance. With the new technology that makes braces virtually invisible or friction-free, it is much easier to make the decision to get braces. Whatever the reason, our professionals at Lach Orthodontic Specialists can help you choose the right braces for your oral health. We have offices in Orlando and Oviedo. Contact us today to schedule your orthodontic appointment.