Orthodontic braces historically were always only associated with young people and teenagers, but in recent years there have been more and more adults getting braces and enjoying having the longevity of a beautiful smile and correcting all forms of malocclusions. Today one-third of all orthodontic patients are adults, and even with adults the predictability and successful rate of braces is just as great and is really wonderful in terms of realigning teeth.
Braces will work no matter how old the patient is, but the amount of time it takes to wear braces is less in kids who are still experiencing jaw growth, but that doesn’t mean that adults won’t get great results in a reasonable amount of time, but it might just take a little bit longer for adults than it would for children.
Is it possible for adults to benefit from orthodontic braces?
Of course, they can! Misaligned teeth never look good and this can a lot of times lead to low self-esteem even in adults. Misaligned teeth can lead to more serious physical problems with chewing and even tooth decay.
Some of the benefits in terms of health that straight teeth offer include:
- Tooth decay reduction
- Less likely to develop a periodontal disease
- Tooth injury likelihood decreased
- Digestive disorders reduced
It’s a really good thing that braces have now been modified so that they can more easily help out adults. There are quite a few of different orthodontic appliances that can personally help out adults with all sorts of malocclusions.
With adults, the common types of malocclusions are underbites, overbites, and overcrowding, which is pretty similar to kids, and it is important to mention that before an orthodontist can give adults a treatment plan there must be no tooth decay and excess plaque or gum disease present in the patient’s oral cavity.
What are the most common types of orthodontic braces?
- Traditional braces — these are the braces that we are all most accustomed to and do not stain teeth in any way. These braces are the metal brackets that are cemented to each tooth that is connected all together through an archwire that puts pressure on the teeth to shift into alignment. Now today there are even tooth-colored braces that are less noticeable and said to be more comfortable than the metal braces, but these braces can sometimes be discolored over time.
- Invisalign — This is what is favored by a lot of adults today because they are not only removable orthodontic instruments but they are also clear and pretty much invisible to the naked eye so it is less embarrassing for adults to wear these as opposed to traditional braces. These braces tend to be more comfortable while at the same time more costly.
- Lingual braces — These are braces that are on the back side of teeth and not visible within the patient’s smile, and they are usually pretty expensive and can sometimes interfere with a patient’s speech.