There are many procedures that adults will have to go through at various stages in their life. One which is particularly common is to get braces to try and straighten out the teeth as much as possible. Having straight teeth is a hugely important part of being happy with your smile, particularly from an aesthetic point of view, and there are many options to consider. If you are wondering whether braces might be the best solution for you to go for, it might be worth looking into.
Something that many people don't realize is that there are actually many kinds of braces available. Understanding the differences between them could help you when you are thinking about what sort of braces you should look into. Of course, no matter what the situation might be, we will be happy to take you through all of the options that we have available at our practice. Nonetheless, it's worth taking a look now at some of the major types that you might need to choose between and how they differ from each other.
First up, there are traditional braces. These are probably what you imagine when you think of braces, and they are still one of the best kinds of braces that you can use in many cases. A long time ago, it used to be that these braces were held in place with a metal band around every tooth or almost every tooth. Today, it is somewhat more elegant than that, and a conventional brace is more likely to be a single band around the front of the tooth. At the back, there are a few bands that help to anchor it in place.
However, that's not the only kind of conventional brace out there. A second kind switches out the metal for tooth-colored or even entirely clear ceramic. This is something of an aesthetic choice, often preferred over the metal-colored braces.
One great benefit of getting conventional braces is that the treatment time is usually the shortest as compared with other kinds of braces. So if you want to spend as little time in the chair as possible, that is something to consider.
Another common kind of adult braces is something known as an aligner. These are clear trays that are switched out with new ones every two weeks that guide the movement of the teeth into place. They sit in the mouth for most of the day, around 20 to 22 hours, and come out for meals and for cleaning the teeth. You might have heard of aligners being referred to by the most common brand, Invisalign.
That brand name refers to something which is the main selling point of this kind of brace: they are much less conspicuous than traditional braces. Unlike other conventional braces, they don't affect how you brush or floss your teeth, and since they are mostly invisible, they are considered to be much less intrusive on the whole.
These braces are known as self-ligating because they work by a wire which passes through a small metal clip on the bracket. The main benefit of this is that you don't need the elastic bands to help hold it all in place.
Lingual braces are very similar to conventional braces. The main difference is that the brackets are cemented to the back of the tooth, rather than the front. This means that they are practically invisible, and they work just as quickly as conventional braces too. Of course, this might mean that there is a difference in price.
As you can see, there are many types of braces that you can choose between. When you come to us for your consultation, we will consider different adult braces and determine which is going to be the best for your specific situation. You don't have to worry about a one-size-fits-all approach, as we treat each and every patient with the utmost respect and compassion they deserve. We will offer you precisely the treatment that is best for you in your particular instance, no matter what that might be.
The treatment is generally quick, but there are ways to speed up the treatment. These include AcceleDent, which is a tray that sends micropulses to the teeth, allowing for more movement and so speeds up the procedure.
If you would like to find out more about adult braces and see what your options are, do not hesitate to get in touch today. We will be more than happy to talk through everything with you entirely, being careful to answer all your questions and find the best solution for you.