No matter how old you are, it is never too late to have the perfect smile. Here at Upper Eastside Orthodontists, we believe that everyone deserves to feel as beautiful, confident and healthy as they possibly can, which is why we offer a number of options for orthodontic treatments to make your jaw and gums as functionally and cosmetically perfect as possible.
One of the most common forms of orthodontic treatment are braces. Dental braces are used to reposition teeth that have shifted out of line and have become crooked or crowded. They are also useful for solving underbites, overbites or improper jaw position. Without treatment, these issues can make eating and chewing relatively difficult, and can even lead to problems like tooth decay, gum disease, ear or headaches and speech problems.
While the ideal time for braces is in the early teen years, when adult teeth are still settling into place, adults can benefit from braces as well. If you are considering braces, there are a few things you ought to know, like what kind of options are available, how long you will need to have them on and what kind of discomfort to expect. Over the next few days, we will be going over some of these topics, starting with the types of braces that work well for adult teeth.
Here are some of the materials you have to choose from, and their pros and cons:
- Ceramic – The same shape and size as metal braces, ceramic brackets are either tooth-colored or clear so that they blend right into your teeth. In some cases, tooth-colored wiring can be used to make this option even less noticeable. The only potential issue with these braces is that they are more prone to stains without proper care than some of the alternatives because of the coloring.
- Invisalign – Invisalign braces are a great option for adults who want their treatment to go unnoticed, and want the freedom of removing their aligners when they are eating or brushing their teeth. Over the course of the adjustments, you will have 18 to 30 custom-made trays. The pros for this option are that the brace is nearly invisible and patients can eat and drink whatever they want. The problem is that Invisalign can be costlier than the other options, and because the trays are removable, they are easier to lose. This is not an option that will work for everyone, as it is best for minor realignments and not bigger orthodontic issues.
- Lingual – From the outside of the mouth, lingual braces are completely invisible because both brackets and wires are located on the inside of the teeth. The cons for this option are that they can be a challenge to properly clean because of the location and they can be more uncomfortable or hard to get used to than some of the other options.
- Metal – This is the most traditional option for braces that we offer. Nowadays, metal brackets are much smaller and less noticeable than they once were. Additionally, archwires can use your body heat to help your teeth move more quickly and less painfully than ever before. These are a less expensive option, but are the most noticeable of all the materials.
As an adult, it can be hard to know which material is best for your needs and lifestyle. But with the help of our orthodontists in New York at Upper Eastside Orthodontists, finding the best braces is made easy!