When braces come to mind, most people assume they are for teenagers. However, braces for adults are effective options when it comes to orthodontic treatment. While it is ideal to take care of issues with crowding, too much space, or a problem with a bite at a younger age, braces can be effective as people get older as well. Regardless of the reason that you need braces in your adulthood, this method of orthodontic treatment is highly effective. As an added benefit, you have many options to help you to get your teeth aligned in the proper position.
What are Your Options for Braces as an Adult?
Traditional braces for adults with metal wires and brackets are still one of the most common types of braces. Advances have been made that increase the effectiveness of braces, such as self-ligating brackets that will apply tension to the teeth to shift them more quickly than typical braces. There are also ceramic braces that have brackets that are the same color as your teeth or clear to make your braces less noticeable.
You May Be a Candidate for Invisalign®
Invisalign® is also an exciting option that could work for you. It is popular with patients of all ages because it is a practically invisible form of orthodontic correction. Clear aligners that are made from medical-grade plastic are customized to be an exact fit for your teeth. The aligners slide into place over your teeth. Every two weeks, you will return to the orthodontist for a new set of aligners that accommodates the way your teeth have moved. Your teeth will slowly shift into place, but others are not likely to notice that you are wearing aligners. You will need to wear them for at least 22 hours a day to experience the greatest success rate with this alternative for orthodontic treatment. It isn’t for everyone. Only our orthodontist will be able to determine if this option will be effective for you. Invisalign® aligners provide patients with more flexibility. The aligners can be removed during special occasions and when performing oral hygiene, making it easier to keep teeth clean.
Learn More About Braces for Adults
Our orthodontist is a valuable resource when it comes to adjusting your teeth. Make an appointment to come in for a consultation. Your visit will begin with an evaluation of your teeth. Once our orthodontist knows what is going on in your mouth, it will be possible to create a treatment plan that is best for you. Ask about your options for braces as an adult to begin your journey to a beautiful smile at Petty, Bielik & Burke Orthodontics. Our orthodontist will get you on the right track to straight teeth. Contact us today to schedule your consultation at our office in Frankfort or Oak Lawn!