More and more adults are choosing to perfect their smile these days – you are never too old.
There are several discrete orthodontic options that allow people to feel comfortable with their smile transforming treatment option in a professional setting.
You can never be too old for braces, because healthy teeth can be moved at any age. The main difference between adult orthodontics and children orthodontics is that an adult’s jaw, and bite are fully developed and can’t be altered where as a child’s jaw can be moved with the proper orthodontic appliance.
Periodontal disease also known as gum disease is fairly common in adults whereas that isn’t something children would have to worry about. Your chosen orthodontic appliance will gently move your teeth to the desired placement. Periodontal health plays a key role in all of this. If the gums are unhealthy during this process, bone loss can result and weaken the long-term prognosis of your teeth. Gum disease must be brought under control before the treatment begins.
To maintain your gum health, you must regularly clean your teeth at home as well as come in for check-ups and cleans with your orthodontist during your treatment process.
Types of Orthodontic Appliances
Each orthodontic treatment essentially does the same thing, that is gently applying light force to move your teeth to their proper alignment. In recent years, more subtle orthodontic options have become popular amongst teens and adults due to their barely noticeable, yet effective solution. Types of orthodontic appliances include:
Traditional Metal Braces
This is the oldest most common orthodontic treatment option; small metal brackets are bonded to the front of the teeth. Then a thin wire runs through the brackets and is attached on either end to metal bands that go around a back molar.
Instead of highly noticeable metal brackets, you can have clear ones made of ceramic, plastic or a combination of both. They are hardly visible, except for the thin wire running through, the downside is that the ceramic brackets aren’t nearly as durable as metal brackets.
As an alternative to the fixed type of orthodontic appliances mentioned above, Invisalign are removable. They are actually a series of clear plastic “trays” that fit over your teeth exactly. The trays are developed by a computer software based off of a mould taken of your teeth and bite. These trays are designed to slightly move your teeth into the proper position over time.
You must wear a retainer after orthodontic treatment in order to maintain your perfect smile for life. Teeth that are not held in place by a retainer long enough for new supporting bone to develop around them can drift back to their original positions, and after all your hard work we know you wouldn’t want that to happen! Our team at Straight Orthodontics will help guide you to make all the right decisions to keep your smile straight and beautiful.
Orthodontic options Mentone
If you want to learn more about your treatment options, or to book an appointment, contact us today!