Top 3 Orthodontic Treatments for Adults
Orthodontics are typically associated with teenage years and acne. However, there are currently more than 1.5 million adults receiving orthodontic treatment according to the American Association of Orthodontists. Every year, more and more adults are realizing it’s not too late to get the smile of their dreams to improve self-esteem and confidence.
Besides cosmetic reasons, many adults deal with issues with their bite and jaw alignment that may have begun in their teens but are just now causing discomfort or pain. If you are experiencing any of the following issues listed below, you may be a candidate for orthodontic treatment as an adult:
- Open bite
- Deep bite
- Crooked teeth
- Crowded teeth
- Misplaced or spaced teeth (diastema)
- Facial or jaw irregularities
This blog will highlight some of the top three orthodontic treatments that adults receive.
Invisalign Clear Aligners
Invisalign is one of the most commonly requested treatments for adults. At Yang Orthodontics, we use our Digital Smile Design process to get precise 3D imaging of your teeth. This helps us create custom Invisalign clear aligner trays for you that gradually move your teeth and jaw into perfect alignment.
The precision of our Digital Smile design decreases treatment time and increases comfortability for you. Invisalign is a great treatment option for adults because it is one of the least visible orthodontic treatment options available and it allows you to continue eating what you enjoy.
Lingual braces is another great option for adults. Lingual braces such as Brius or InBrace are metal braces that are attached to the inside of your teeth. This makes them the least visible form of metal braces and can be even more comfortable than traditional metal braces. Lingual braces are great for those that don’t want the extra hassle of taking off and on orthodontic appliances.
Also known as clear braces, ceramic braces are perfect for those looking to take a traditional route of correcting their smile but want it done in a less visible way. Ceramic braces are the same size and shape as traditional metal braces, however, they are made of tooth-colored elastic ligatures (the “o” shaped rubber bands placed around each bracket) and ceramic brackets.
An option that many adults may consider is mail-order aligners. Mail order aligners claim to save time from visiting the orthodontist and are generally priced for less than a standard orthodontic treatment. While this may seem like a great alternative, there are several red flags that come along with using an at-home kit such as:- Imprecise shifting of teeth, leading to a smile that may end up worse than before.
– Longer treatment, leading to a more expensive treatment in the end.
– Uninformed if you’re even a candidate for aligners.As the old saying goes: if it’s too good to be true, it probably is.
It’s never too late to start on your journey to a new smile. Not being worried about your smile can bring out the truly confident, radiant and glowing you! At Yang Orthodontics we are happy to help you start your journey by offering a FREE consultation.