Teeth straightening isn’t just for kids anymore, and adults who want to straighten their teeth are demanding more socially appealing ways than a mouth full of metal braces. The dental industry has responded with clear braces and other methods that allow kids and adults alike to pursue orthodontic treatment without the metal. Ask your cosmetic dentist at Dental Associates of Morris County about your choices for adult orthodontics.
When you think of orthodontics, you probably picture a teen with a full set of metal braces. That’s how it used to be, but it’s not that way anymore. Orthodontics, and adult orthodontics in particular, work in more discreet ways. People who are getting their teeth straightened are more difficult to spot these days. And there are many alternatives to metal braces.
As a growing number of adults can attest, people of any age can opt for orthodontic treatment. It’s not a showstopper anymore. Clear braces and Invisalign clear aligner trays allow you to straighten your teeth unobtrusively.
Who Needs Braces or Other Orthodontic Treatment?
It’s true that adolescent children make the best orthodontic patients. Not because they’ll put up with metal braces, but because their bones and teeth are still growing and forming. That means that it takes less pressure to move their teeth into the correct position. Adults can still get orthodontic treatment, but it may take longer — up to two years — for the final results to show. But it’s worth it.
Adults who want straighter teeth may have had braces when they were younger. They may have never liked their smile, and now they’re in a position to do something about it. There are lots of reasons for New Jersey adults to want to pursue teeth straightening. Adults, though, have to balance responsibilities with the personal desire for straight teeth.
You have to have good dental health to qualify for orthodontic treatment. Your gums and teeth must be free of disease and other issues. If you need any restorative dental work — such a tooth extraction or a root canal, it has to be done before you can get braces or straightening trays. Otherwise, anyone with crooked or maladjusted teeth can get orthodontic treatment.
The Health Advantages of Adult Orthodontics
If you get orthodontic treatment, you’re receiving more than a more attractive smile. And if you can get it done without anyone noticing, then you get the best of both worlds. The advantages of straight teeth include:
- A boost to your personal confidence level due to your improved smile
- Improved overall health, not just for your gums and teeth
- An optimal bite, which allows you to chew properly, reducing digestive problems
- Properly aligned teeth last longer with fewer problems
- Fewer instances of inadvertently biting your lip, tongue or inner cheek
- Easier tooth cleaning, as you have fewer hard-to-reach spaces
- An even bite that spreads the pressure across your teeth, so your teeth are less prone to break or chip
- Reduced likelihood of jaw pain
Options for Orthodontic Treatment
Whether you’re an adolescent who wants straighter teeth or an adult who’s ready to make a life-changing decision, there’s an orthodontic treatment for you. And it doesn’t have to involve metal braces, although for some, they are still the most effective option. Ask your cosmetic dentist at Dental Associates of Morris County what’s best for your situation. Treatments include:
- Invisalign aligners are invisible trays that you wear over your teeth. You have to wear them 20 to 22 hours a day, but you can remove them for cleaning and for eating. The trays are made for your teeth specifically from an impression. Each tray lasts about two weeks, after which you get a new one that moves your teeth a little farther into place. Because they’re virtually undetectable, they’ve become a popular choice.
- Clear braces are like their metal counterparts, except that these are made of ceramic or clear plastic. The ceramic is the color of your teeth, so the braces blend in better and are much less noticeable than metal braces. Clear braces take a little longer than metal ones to work because they’re not as strong, but the advantage of being invisible makes up for it.
- Metal braces are the traditional device. While they have the visibility drawback, they still are functionally the strongest, quickest way to straighten your teeth.
- Retainers are dental devices you normally wear part time, such as only at night, after you’ve had a successful orthodontic treatment. They keep your teeth from shifting again. Some retainers are more invisible than traditional retainers.
Start Your Teeth Straightening Process
You don’t have to go through life with crooked or malformed teeth. If your teeth have shifted, affecting your bite, you have options to get them fixed and straightened. Talk to your cosmetic dentist in Madison, NJ to see if you’d be a good candidate for teen or adult orthodontics. There are affordable options, and most are invisible or at least not obvious.
Get the smile you long for and the other health benefits that come with straight teeth. Your dentist can guide you to the right decision for your treatment plan, and he’ll be there every step of the way with you. Your journey to straight teeth starts with a phone call to Dental Associates of Morris County.