Despite the stereotype of braces being just for teenagers, braces for adults are becoming more and more popular. In fact, many orthodontists have noticed that they are getting an increasing number of adult patients. At least some of these are people whose parents couldn’t afford to get them braces when they were children.
While age is not a factor in determining somebody’s candidacy for braces, dental health is. People with gum disease, receding gums or bone loss in their jaw bones are typically not good candidates for braces. Since patients typically have to wear braces for years, it’s best to take care of any dental problems before getting them.
People with allergies to nickel, latex or any other material found in braces should tell our orthodontist. Our team will be able to find an alternative product that doesn’t contain the allergen. Also, people can develop new allergies any time. A patient who has suddenly developed a lot of mouth sores, hives or upper respiratory symptoms should also talk to our orthodontist.
Some types of braces for adults are more discreet than others. The best type for you will depend on a variety of factors, including your oral health and the length of time you are willing to undergo treatment, among other considerations.
The average treatment time for an adult is about two years. While there are methods for accelerating tooth movement, the patient should think long and hard before selecting them. Certain techniques, for example, can straighten a patient’s teeth in less time, but they may require jaw surgery.
Invisalign® is a type of braces for adults that uses clear aligner trays to straighten the teeth. This form of treatment has become quite popular because of the following advantages:
• They are made of clear plastic and are, hence, less noticeable than many types of braces for adults
• They are removable, so a patient can eat what they like and take out the aligners for special occasions
• It is easier for a patient to brush and floss their teeth
The trays are custom-made, and the patient has to get a new set every two weeks. Like braces, Invisalign® puts pressure on the teeth and subtly forces them to move into proper alignment.
While Invisalign® works for many orthodontic problems like gaps, crooked teeth or minor overbites, traditional braces work better for more severe problems. During your initial consultation at Petty, Bielik & Burke Orthodontics in Frankfort or Oak Lawn, you can learn more about your options regarding braces for adults. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and get started!