There’s good news if you didn’t have braces as a teenager and are tired of your crooked teeth! Perhaps you had braces when you were younger only to have your teeth shift back because you didn’t wear your retainers. If you struggle with the appearance of your smile as an adult you have some new cosmetic dentistry options to consider. In our socially savvy, technology driven society, appearances are more important now than ever before; so goes the increasing popularity of options for adult braces. Adult orthodontic dentistry now includes clear aligner therapy, clear or ceramic braces and short-term orthodontics as viable options for straightening teeth. Interestingly enough, it is now estimated that one out of every five orthodontic patients receiving treatment is over the age of twenty-one. Even well known celebrities are fixing their less than perfect smiles with adult braces.
For many adults, the biggest concern surrounding fixing their smile is the way that traditional braces look and change their appearance. Time and money are also an issue. Two popular forms of adult braces options that address these concerns are Invisalign and Six Month Smiles. The Invisalign brace system uses multiple sets of customized clear aligners that are worn over the teeth to gently move and align the smile. There are no metal wires and no painful brackets. Invisalign can fix a full array of orthodontic problems without the unsightly appearance of traditional mental braces. Invisalign has similar costs and a similar time frame as traditional braces but offers comfort, convenience, no eating restrictions and an aesthetically pleasing option for adults. Ask your dental provider if they offer Invisalign for their patients.
If you don’t want to wait 12 to 24 months to fix your smile, Six Month Smiles may be an option to consider. This short term orthodontic treatment focuses primarily on the front teeth that show when you smile. This treatment does not make major bite changes, so it is different than traditional braces or Invisalign. This cost effective system is less expensive than other orthodontic options and offers clear or ceramic braces. If you just want to fix those front teeth than ask your dentist if Six Month Smiles can do the trick.
If you are ready to do something about your crooked teeth and have questions regarding the best adult orthodontic solution to help you achieve your goal, talk to your dentist today.