Understanding the Best Treatment Adult Braces Options

An adult facing the prospect of having braces can be a concerning moment. Many individuals associate metal braces with unpopular times in their childhood and there has always been a certain stigma concerning metal braces in particular. This can be especially true if you have already had braces and thought that this part of your life was behind you. But whether you are new to the concept of needing braces for adults or have been doing some research, there are certainly more options for adults available now then have been in years past.

Understanding some of these options can help you find that right balance of speed of treatment, cost, and looks. Some treatments may be more noticeable but work faster whereas others may be more subtle but work slower or be more costly. Finding the exact treatment will partly depend on your precise needs and the amount of adjustment that needs to occur to achieve your perfect smile. So what are some of the pros and cons of the different treatment options and how can you go about determining your ideal orthodontic treatment?

Dental Braces Options for Adults

One of the major advantages, in what is otherwise an unpleasant situation, is the variety of dental braces options for adults. There are now a wide variety of treatments that can assist with straightening their teeth. They are even some orthodontic treatments that allow you to follow the dentist mainstay of “brush and floss” without having cumbersome wires or metal braces in the way.

The most common of these types of treatments are clear aligners. Unlike traditional braces, aligners are trays that fit in your mouth and are designed to be mouth and even tooth specific while helping to straighten crooked teeth. They are a clear and near fully transparent kind of retainer that can assist in slowly molding your teeth into the correct positions.

This ability to slowly put the teeth back into place without the aesthetic that goes along with old fashioned metal braces makes these kinds of aligners incredibly popular among the American Association of Orthodontists and is one of those popular options for adults who prefer these kinds of options as opposed to metal braces. Due to the fact that they are transparent they are even aesthetically better than ceramic braces which are often tooth colored, and are easily a popular option for individuals wishing to maintain their smile without feeling the awkwardness of braces.

In addition to being clear, these aligners can also be removed at any time allowing you to brush and floss comfortably without having to finagle around any wires and feeling like you are missing parts of your teeth during your brushing. This freedom can be a huge liberating feeling to many adults who might have suffered with keeping their teeth clean while wearing ceramic brackets or metal brackets.

The ability to put on and take off an aligner can seem like one of the best dental innovations of the 21st century; however, there are some potential downsides. It is in fact this very ability of taking them off that can lead to a potentially annoying and costly downside of this style of aligners. This treatment requires you to wear the aligners for a minimum of 22 hours per day and longer is better. Part of the problem then is individuals may take out the aligners to brush teeth or floss or even to go on a date but forget to put them back in. You may think that this is a small inconvenience at best for the freedom you are getting but actually these small problems add up over time and can significantly lengthen your treatment period. Putting them down, forgetting to put them back, or worst of all losing them due to their more mobile nature can mean significantly delayed treatment results or even your teeth to get more crooked with time.

This is certainly not a situation anyone wants but unless you are an individual capable of disciplining yourself to the treatment regimen it will not only not work but it will cost you significant amounts of money while it fails to achieve the results both in orthodontic visits as well as new aligners to try and fit the shape of your teeth. When dealing with adult orthodontics there is no adult to remind you and it is important that your treatment be self-directed and in the best way for your abilities and freedom. In addition, this style of braces also is often slower than other kinds of treatment meaning that even though aesthetically it may look better it has a strong potential to cost more or take longer or both which can lead to some disgruntled orthodontic patients.

Best Braces Options for Adults

When looking for the best braces options for adults another favorite style is lingual braces. Lingual braces are a major improvement over the traditional metal style and one of their primary benefits is how little you can notice them. These braces attach to a metal bracket cemented to the backside of your teeth. This, of course, is the reverse of how other metal braces work by attaching themselves to the front side of the teeth. By working on the back, they are nearly invisible for all but the most dedicated searchers. These braces by far offer the absolute best aesthetics for your treatment and, even better, they are also faster to work as well when compared to aligners. They are an innovative orthodontic appliance that uses a metal wire to assist in straightening the teeth. Due to their nearly invisible nature these are by far the best aesthetic choice out of any of the adult braces options and are essentially the reverse of traditional metal braces.

You may be wondering to yourself – with all of its benefits why is this not a primary go to for all adults needing braces? The drawback of this style can be a significant one depending on your situation. That drawback, of course, is cost. Because these braces are customized for the individual alone all ability to gain savings from mass production is lost, meaning that these are by far the costliest of all teeth straightening options available. Individualized customized braces can potentially be in the tens of thousands of dollars.

However, if speed and looks are your most important factors then this may well be a good treatment solution for you. If money is a concern then there is still the potential ability of making a payment plan so you can still have your preferred treatment without breaking the bank. This also gives you the added benefit of not having to maintain treatment yourself as with the aligners. By taking away any of the guesswork and not needing to remind yourself to put them back in, these braces are pretty much self-managing allowing for faster treatment times overall and if time is also an important factor for you along with looks then the lingual braces may be the best option available for you.

Options for Adult Braces

While exploring options for adult braces one would be remiss to not mention the most common of all braces styles, the traditional metal braces. Metal braces, as we are all familiar, affix to the front of the teeth and use a wire plus stout bands to help straighten the teeth, pulling them slowly into place. The drawbacks of this particular choice are immediately apparent to everyone. Many people are uncomfortable wearing them because of their obtuse nature and the brackets rubbing the inside of the mouth. Also, there may be unpleasant memories associated with them, they can often be difficult to brush or floss while wearing them and a whole host of other problems that plague those who either have used these braces in the past or who are concerned about using them in the future.

Despite their drawbacks, there are ways of utilizing them successfully, minimizing their traditional downsides, and they even come with a few surprising benefits. So what are some of the benefits and mitigating methods when using traditional metal braces?

One of the most common options for helping to mitigate the aesthetics of metal braces is with ceramic braces. Ceramic braces utilize ceramic instead of metal for mounting on the teeth. This allows for a much closer color then the obvious metal. So the benefit is that it is significantly less intrusive and less noticeable than metal is. They still function properly to help keep the bands in place while your teeth are straightened. However, some doctors state that the ceramic can get stained easily and so it becomes just as noticeable as the metal you were trying to avoid. This can still potentially be a viable option if you want them to be less obtrusive for something like yearbook pictures or an important anniversary. Even if the effect is temporary, it is still better than nothing and a nice innovation in what is an involved oral procedure.

One of the other great innovations for helping keep metal braces cleaner is the use of Waterpiks. Brushing and flossing is always more difficult with metal braces or ceramic braces than with any of the other styles mentioned here. However, your brushing and flossing may not get everything, so you can use a Waterpik to augment those mainstays. A Waterpik will easily get into many of the nooks and crannies and around the metal that is difficult for a toothbrush to reach or for your flossing. This gives a significant cleaning benefit that you can’t get otherwise. The use of Waterpiks can help cut down on some of the most uncomfortable aspects of metal braces such as items getting caught in them, halitosis, or just a general feeling of an unclean mouth.

One of the other major benefits of metal braces, similar to the lingual braces mentioned earlier, is the speed of treatment. Unlike aligners, metal braces can offer significantly faster treatment times due to the fact that they are always on your teeth 24 hours a day. This cuts down on accidentally losing them or, worse yet, delayed or reversing treatments due to not wearing the aligners long enough. None of this is a concern with metal braces as they are semi-permanently installed and can offer some of the fastest alignment time meaning that although you do have to wear them ultimately your treatment time will be less than it might be with other forms of orthodontic treatment.

The last major benefit of traditional metal braces is, unsurprisingly, the cost. Due to their widespread usage, their fixed nature, and their commonality they are by far one of the most affordable treatment options for straightening your teeth. They may not be the most aesthetically beautiful but they will certainly be the one that your wallet loves the best and if cost is an important factor to you along with speed then this is one of the best dental braces options for adults. It is a classic, simple, and effective treatment and still has significant staying power due to some aesthetic advancements as well as the especially affordable price point.

Adult Braces Options

In summary, if you are looking for the best adult braces options then you have three excellent options detailed above. Whether you choose to go with the clear aligners which allow for nice aesthetics and freedom to brush and floss, the lingual braces which offer speed and also are aesthetically beautiful, or traditional metal braces with their affordability as well as being a simple, effective treatment for straightening your teeth, you now have adult braces options. Although all of these potential treatments have pros and cons there is certainly an ideal balance for you between price, looks, and speed. So regardless of whatever you choose you now have some extra freedom and options when you visit your local orthodontist and begin the process of making your smile one you enjoy showing for a lifetime. So the real question you should be asking yourself is, are you ready to go pursue your perfect smile today? Book an appointment now with a renowned orthodontic clinic, Ivanov Orthodontic Experts, to learn about adult braces options near you.


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