In the past, only children sought braces. Today, adults too can seek orthodontic treatment in order to straighten their teeth. After all, it's never too late to seek that perfect smile. However, unlike children, adults are more cautious and self-conscious of wearing braces, especially the traditional kind. If you are sailing in the same boat and are considering adult braces, read on to see the different options you have and what each has to offer.
1. Lingual braces
Unlike traditional braces that go over the teeth on the outside, lingual braces are the exact opposite. They are installed on the inside part of the teeth. They work just like traditional braces. That is, they apply gentle pressure on the teeth to either push or pull teeth towards the desired position. They also look just like traditional metal braces. However, because they are installed on the inside, they are almost impossible to notice. Their only shortcoming is that they are recommended for straightening the front teeth only.
2. Ceramic braces
These braces get their name from their unique brackets. The braces look and function just like traditional metallic braces. However, they have brackets made of ceramic; the same material used in dental fillings. As such, they are hardly noticeable because the teeth and the ceramic are the same colour. However, people with stained teeth may not be suitable for these braces because the ceramic brackets (which are white) might create an unfavourable contrast to their teeth colour.
3. Clear braces
Unlike traditional braces that feature metallic brackets, clear braces have clear brackets made of transparent plastic. However, they work just like traditional braces. They also go over the front of the teeth and use the arc wire as well. The only difference these braces offer is that, by being clear, they are less noticeable compared to the traditional type. The only thing that stays noticeable is the thin arch wire. But this can only be recognised up close.
4. Clear aligners
Adults looking to get braces can also opt for clear aligners. These work just like traditional aligners only that they are made from a clear plastic. Just like clear braces, they are not easily noticeable. Plus, you can take them out when you feel the need to, e.g. when sleeping or when eating. However, aligners are ideal where only moderate teeth correction is required-- in other words aligners may not be as effective as traditional braces in some teeth straightening applications.
As you can see, there is a wide array of choice when it comes to adult braces. They each offer different levels of noticeability and effectiveness. Plus, they are all best suited for specific applications. So for best results, consult a dentist or orthodontist, such as those found at Perfect Smiles Orthodontics, and they will advise you accordingly after examining your teeth.