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5 Popular Adult Orthodontic Treatments
Adult orthodontics can save you from an unsatisfactory, discouraging smile. With all the advancements in the dental community today, you have a large variety of treatment options to choose from.
Popular adult orthodontic options
Braces are one of the most popular treatments in adult orthodontics. As an adult, wearing braces probably does not sound like an appealing choice. Because of this aesthetic concern, there are a few options for braces.
These type of braces hold metal wires with a single bracket cemented on the front of the tooth, with a few bands in the back to anchor the wires. Another option for conventional braces is to switch out the metal for a clear or tooth-colored ceramic material so the braces are not as obvious.
The way these braces stand out from the other types is that the wire will pass through a small metal clip on the bracket. This means your self-ligating braces will not need elastic bands to help move the teeth.
This type of braces is virtually invisible because the brackets are cemented to the back side of your teeth, whereas the other types of braces are cemented on the front of your teeth. However, since lingual braces must be custom made, this makes them a pricier option.
Aligners are clear trays that are switched out every two weeks to make adjustments for the movement of the teeth. These are worn between 20 to 22 hours a day and are only taken out for meals and an oral hygiene routine. While this type of adult orthodontics is less apparent, it will require a great deal of discipline and commitment. If you are someone who is more of a go-with-the-flow type of person, this type of adult orthodontic might not be for you.
According to the American Dental Association, dental implants are a popular solution for patients who have missing teeth, uncomfortable dentures or no desire to have their good tooth structure altered to make a bridge. They are designed to blend in with other teeth, so they are not obvious.
Veneers are thin, tooth-colored layers of porcelain that go on top of natural teeth. They are typically used to repair chipped, broken, dull or stained teeth. While this option is a “quick” fix, it can be quite expensive.
Dental crowns are a fantastic option for adult orthodontics. A crown is a tooth-shaped cap placed over the tooth. This helps restore the tooth’s shape and size, along with its durability. Crowns can even improve the tooth’s appearance. Once cemented into place, it will fully encase the visible part of that tooth.
If you are suffering from a crooked smile, chipped or stained teeth or even missing teeth, we can help. Do contact our office today so we can schedule your life-changing appointment for adult orthodontics.
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