As a teenager, it seemed like everyone was getting braces - it was like a rite of passage. However, if you didn’t get braces when you were younger and entered adulthood always wanting to straighten your teeth, the idea of having a mouth full of metal might not be as appealing as it was back then.
Straightening your teeth as an adult isn’t impossible, and these days, there are many adults and even seniors getting braces. However, it doesn’t have to be obvious. In fact, there are a lot of ways to perfect your smile without anyone even knowing.
Functional Vs. Aesthetics
There are many reasons why adults need or want to straighten their teeth. Malocclusions, underbites and overbites can make eating challenging. Dental maladies such as these can cause recurrent jaw pain as well as misalignment.
On the other hand, some people are more concerned with how their teeth look. They may want to close the gap in between their front teeth or correct overall positioning. Both functionality and aesthetics are perfectly acceptable reasons to get your teeth straightened.
The goal of any type of orthodontic treatment is to gently shift teeth into better position. Traditional metal braces are affixed to the front of the teeth with cement and wires. Each tooth typically has a brace applied that is then connected to the following teeth to apply that steady pressure and correct the patient’s smile. However, as metal braces are both very visible and often uncomfortable, many adults aren’t comfortable getting these.
Invisalign is probably the most sought-after orthodontic treatment by adults. Invisalign are clear retainers that are worn up to 22 hours a day. They are removable, which makes them more desirable for working adults. However, since they need to be removed when eating, those who like to snack throughout the day may find them bothersome.
For patients who prefer to keep things low key, lingual braces are also an option. These types of braces are applied to the inside of the teeth. They're also a viable option for patients whose dental needs are more complex than mere aesthetics.
Choosing to get braces as an adult can be challenging. However, that doesn't mean it's impossible. The first step is consultation where your overall dental health will be assessed. This includes looking for and treating receding gums and dental caries. Together, you and your orthodontist can then create a treatment plan that suits your lifestyle and dental concerns.
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Anita Ginsburg is a freelance writer from Denver, Colo. She studied at Colorado State University, and now writes articles about health, business, family and finance. A mother of two, she enjoys traveling with her family whenever she isn't writing. You can follow her on Twitter @anitaginsburg.
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