Increasing numbers of adults are choosing to undergo orthodontic treatment for both aesthetic reasons and to improve their oral health. Our team at Southwood Dental Studio - Fanshawe explains the benefits of various orthodontic treatment options for adults.
Reasons to Straighten Your Smile
Misaligned teeth can lead to a number of oral health issues. Speech may be impaired, the jaw may not function properly, and uneven tooth wear may result.
They could also have a negative impact on oral hygiene. When teeth are correctly aligned, it's rather simple to keep them clean with regular brushing and flossing routines. Germs and food debris can linger on the teeth when there is a misalignment and the teeth overlap, brushing and flossing might not reach these areas as easily. Gum disease and tooth decay might arise as a result of this.
Aside from children, several adults experience anxieties as a result of their teeth's misalignment. They may avoid taking photographs, speaking openly, or even eating in public if they are uncomfortable doing so.
For all of these reasons, receiving orthodontic treatment as an adult can be quite advantageous.
Low-Profile Orthodontic Options for Adults
Adults may not seek orthodontic treatment because they are concerned about the overall appearance of braces. Fortunately, though, dental technology has come a long way, and there are many discreet treatment options for adult patients to choose from.
Clear Aligner Treatment
Clear, custom-made plastic aligners such as Invisalign are almost indiscernible when worn over the teeth. Over the course of treatment, they move the teeth into the desired positions with gentle, constant pressure.
Patients may eat, drink, clean and floss their teeth as they usually would while using clear aligners, which are also detachable.
For many of our adult patients, clear aligners are an appealing orthodontic treatment choice because of their transparency.
More Discreet Braces Options
Our London office offers many different types of braces for the adult patient, including:
Unless the patient opens his or her mouth wide, it is difficult to see the braces since they are put on the "back" of the teeth (the side that faces the patient's mouth).
Ceramic braces feature brackets that are composed of a tooth-coloured ceramic material that is meant to fit in with the patient's natural teeth. Despite the fact that the ceramic brackets are somewhat bigger than typical metal brackets, they should be far less obvious when they are worn.
Self Ligating Braces
Self-ligating braces include fewer brackets and do not require the use of elastic or metal ties, offering patients another low-profile alternative that is suitable for adults who are worried about their appearance.
Which treatment option is right for you?
Your orthodontist should review the advantages and disadvantages of each orthodontic treatment option with you, and will assist you in determining which option is the most appropriate for your dental health requirements and way of life.