Orthodontics is a type of dentistry that focuses on the alignment of your teeth and bite. We often see children and teenagers wearing braces, but orthodontic treatment is a common option for adults too. Your teeth can shift as you age, and dental accidents can change your teeth’s alignment. Or, you may not have been able to get braces when you were younger.
Luckily, as an adult, you have several different orthodontic options that can be less visibly noticeable and allow for greater flexibility based on your lifestyle.
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- Are braces different for adults than they are for kids?
- What type of orthodontic treatment should I choose?
Are braces different for adults than they are for kids?
Straightening your teeth and correcting your jaw positioning tend to work the same way no matter what your age. However, adult bones have usually stopped growing, which means orthodontic treatment may take longer. In some cases, surgery can be required for especially large structural changes.
Adults also tend to have more flexible options, although you’ll need to speak to an orthodontist to confirm which treatments are right for you
What type of orthodontic treatment should I choose?
An orthodontist can help you determine if orthodontic treatment is necessary and, if so, which treatments will be the best for you. There are a couple different options – these will depend on your needs, budget and preferences.
- Fixed braces: one of the most popular choices, this treatment involves brackets and wires that are fixed to the front of your teeth and reposition them over time.
- Lingual braces: similar to fixed braces, this option uses brackets that are fixed to the back of your teeth instead of the front, resulting in a less noticeable look.
- Aligners: these braces are removable and often reposition teeth more gradually. They fit onto your teeth similar to mouthguard and are generally less noticeable than most traditional options. You can also remove them for cleaning or special occasions, giving you a bit more flexibility than fixed treatments.