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Braces for Adults: Five Options to Consider

Braces for adults have become more popular with time, as the importance of straight teeth grows. Here are five popular options worth considering.



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While the majority of people will tend to associate dental braces with youths and teenagers, they are not the only ones that may need them. Crooked teeth can occur in adulthood, and many adults can also have misaligned teeth that they did not get treated in their youth. Many dentists will therefore provide braces for adults and five of the options to consider include the following.

Inspire ICE Braces

This style is produced by Ormco and is a fitted in a similar manner to traditional metal braces on the front of the teeth. However the major advantage of this style of dental brace is that the brackets are manufactured in clear monocrystalline sapphire. This makes them extremely translucent and when bonded to the teeth they become virtually invisible. While the wire between them is still typically on show, the overall effect is to make them much less obvious when the mouth is opened. They typically work best on teeth that are white, although can still be effective on teeth of any shade. They work in a similar manner to traditional metal braces and will typically need to be worn in the region of 1 to 2 years, although because they are less obtrusive, they can be a more effective style for an adult.

Speed Braces

Speed braces are so named because they take much less time to complete the process of straightening teeth. They look much like traditional metal braces, although the brackets and wire use a sliding process technology, which enables the teeth to move into their final alignment much quicker. While traditional braces are said to take in the region of 1 to 2 years to complete the straightening of teeth, this time period can be halved by using speed braces. They also use smaller sized brackets which can make them a little less obvious, although they can still be seen. However, the advantages they provide can make them a good choice of braces for adults and some of the options available include Damon and In-Ovation.

Ceramic Braces

Ceramic braces typically work in the same manner as traditional metal braces, in that they are fixed to the front of the teeth and take roughly the same time to achieve the final results. However the advantage that can make them good braces for adults is that they come in shades which can match the color of teeth and therefore it is less obvious that braces are being worn. While the wire of the braces can typically still be seen, the brackets themselves blend into the teeth when bonded to them and the final look can be less obtrusive. Some of the options available for this style of dental brace include 3m Unitek’s Clarity and Mystique by GAC.

Lingual Braces

For adults that really do not want any obvious appearance of braces on their teeth, Lingual braces are an option to consider. These are custom made metal braces that are fitted to the back of the teeth, as opposed to the traditional method of bonding braces to the front of the teeth. The advantage of this is that the braces cannot be seen when the mouth is opened, and only the wearer actually knows that they are there. This can be beneficial to adults that want to retain a more natural look for work or social purposes during the period where teeth are being straightened. Not all dentists are trained in the design and fitting of Lingual braces, which potentially can make it more difficult to have them fitted, although there are dental practices that offer them. For adults that want the braces they wear to have less of an impact on their day to day life they can be a good option to consider.

Invisalign Braces

Invisalign braces are a different concept to those identified above, and rather than being a system of brackets and wire permanently bonded to the teeth, are a set of aligners that are worn in the style of a mouth guard. The aligners are custom fit to the teeth of an individual and each is worn for around a couple of weeks to gradually straighten the teeth over the course of a full treatment. The aligners are manufactured in clear plastic to make them virtually invisible when worn, and as they are removable they can be taken off if and when required. They do have to be kept in for a set period of time each day, though, to make the treatment effective. The fact that they are not permanently bonded to the teeth and are not obvious when worn can make them an attractive option for adults and they can be an option to consider for many people.

Adults can be as prone to crooked teeth as children and this makes them just as likely to need dental braces. There are a variety of options which are considered good braces for adults, with the five styles set out above being some of the common choices. For adults that are looking into straightening their teeth these can be braces to consider.

 

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