Just hearing the word “braces” can take many of us back to junior high, when most of us had to wear braces or retainers. Despite the common assumption that braces are just for kids and tweens, more and more adults are choosing to pursue orthodontics to correct their smiles. Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics of Virginia doesn’t just see kids; our skilled orthodontists are able to provide several orthodontic options for adults who are ready to have a beautiful healthy smile.
Braces for Adults
Perhaps you never had braces as a kid and you are embarrassed by your crooked teeth. Maybe you went through a round of braces a decade ago and stopped wearing your retainer, which allowed your teeth to shift. Whatever your personal history, wearing braces in adulthood is an excellent way to create the straight, beautiful smile you deserve.
What are my options?
With recent advances in orthodontics, there are many options for adults who need braces:
- Traditional metal braces These are best for individuals who have severely crooked teeth or a significant bite problem, or require other major orthodontic changes. Metal braces are typically the least expensive option. The greatest drawback to wearing metal braces as an adult is aesthetics. Metal braces are more noticeable and not as discreet as other teeth straightening options.
- Clear ceramic braces If you are a professional who is worried about your personal appearance, clear braces may be a better choice. Clear braces are capable of handling very crooked teeth or bite issues, but are less noticeable than traditional metal. The clear brackets blend with your teeth, so that coworkers and clients are less likely to notice that you’re wearing braces. You also have to be careful about smoking or drinking red wine, soda, and other dark beverages while wearing clear braces. These items may stain the adhesive that binds the brackets to your teeth.
- Invisalign® Another popular option for adults who need braces is the Invisalign clear aligner system. Clear aligners are different from traditional braces by applying a series of clear, retainer-like aligners that are custom made for your teeth. In general, the Invisalign process takes anywhere from three to 18 months to complete. You should be aware that Invisalign is not as effective as traditional braces in treating bite problems, teeth that are lower or higher than others, or severely overcrowded teeth.
Although you may be nervous about the prospect of getting braces as an adult, you should not let your fears stop you from talking with our orthodontic specialists at Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics of Virginia. A complimentary consultation will address your concerns and provide information about the best course of treatment for you. Adult braces can be a great way to boost your confidence and create the smile you’ve always dreamed of!