Although braces that traditionally only been given to children and teenagers, modern dentistry is just as happy to give them to adults too, in order to correct their misaligned teeth, or bad bites. Figures suggest that in the twenty first century, perhaps up to one third of braces are on adults.

Realigning teeth can be managed effectively and easily using braces, and dentists know that they will work just as well for adults as they do children. The only difference is that it takes a lot longer for an adult’s teeth to be moved by braces because their teeth and jaws are not in flux, like under 18s are. However, though it may take longer, the brilliant results for adults are just the same.

How can adults benefit from braces?

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For some adults, they may be considering braces because they have crooked and misaligned teeth that not only are affecting the way that they eat and talk, but can also be a huge self-confidence drain. Orthodontic dentists understand that our smiles can play a huge part of the way that we think about ourselves, and as straighter teeth are healthier teeth, they will often prescribe braces as a treatment.

Braces can also bring about the following positive side effects:

  • Reduction of tooth decay
  • Less chance of gum disease
  • Much less likely to injure teeth
  • Stomach and digestive system will be healthier

The way that braces look have changed a lot since the 1980s, and they have been altered in order to make it easier for adults to consider them, even those who do not want braces to affect their everyday working lives. There are removable and fixed options to choose between, depending on how much realignment is required.

Malocclusion is a problem with the bite of a person’s jaw, and there are three main types. Underbite is when the lower jaw extends under the upper jaw, overbite is when the upper jaw extends over the lower jaw, and overcrowding is when there isn’t enough room for all of the teeth in the mouth. All of these three conditions can be treated by braces, but your dentist will need to process other potential issues such as tooth decay and gum disease before braces are fitted.

What are the primary kinds of braces?

There are three main types of braces:

  • Traditional braces: comprised of brackets that are stuck to each tooth with an arch wire that goes between them, they do not stain the mouth and the wire is tightened regularly over a long period to encourage teeth to move. Ceramic brackets are a popular choice, but metal ones are also available
  • Invisalign: instead of having fixed braces, you can choose Invisalign which are not only removable, but almost invisible even when being worn. They are clear trays that have to be worn for a certain amount of time each day. Not every patient is a good fit for Invisalign, and this is a more expensive treatment option
  • Lingual: fixed to the back of each tooth so that no one can see them, this type of braces can make speaking slightly difficult, but they are completely invisible to anyone looking at you. This expert technology does come at a slightly higher price

If you are interested about orthodontic braces, just have a chat with Dr. Paige Woods at (619) 640-5100.