At Orthodontic Experts of Colorado, we’re seeing an increasing number of adults getting orthodontic treatment. We often get asked how adult orthodontics is different from having orthodontic treatment as a child or teenager. It’s very simple. Most of the techniques and procedures are very similar. However, the overall experience of orthodontic treatment as an adult can be a bit different than having orthodontic treatment as a teenager.
Here are some of the important things you need to know about adult orthodontics before your treatment commences.
Why Do Adults Need Orthodontic Treatment?
There are many reasons why some adults might have crooked teeth or a bad bite and choose to have adult orthodontics. Some of the common orthodontic problems such as underbites and overbites can be caused due to genetics. A few prolonged habits during childhood, like biting your lips or sucking your thumb can cause the front teeth to become misaligned.
It’s also natural for our teeth to move, when we lose or wear down our teeth, as we age or if gum problems develop. In some cases, those who have had orthodontic treatment as a child and haven’t worn their retainers as per the instructions of their orthodontist may require further orthodontic treatment as an adult.
Who is Orthodontic Treatment Suitable For?
Adult orthodontics is not really different than orthodontic treatment for kids. Just like children and teenagers with crooked teeth or uneven bites orthodontic treatment is an option for most of the adults who have teeth issues.
Some of the most common situations where adult orthodontic treatment might be considered are crowded, crooked or misplaced teeth, protruding teeth (overbites), underbites, deep bites, jaw and/or facial asymmetry, excessive spacing between the teeth and realignment of the teeth prior to the placement of veneers, crowns, implants or even dentures.
Adults Orthodontics Options
For some people, the thought of having traditional metal braces in their mouth is unappealing. Some adults feel worried that wearing braces as an adult might have undesired impacts, for example, braces might make them more self-conscious at work or impact on their social lives.
Thanks to the latest technology, however, adult orthodontics is a feasible option for almost any adult, with a much wider range of discreet options. One in five orthodontic patients is an adult and it demonstrates that there are plenty of suitable options for orthodontic treatment for adult which can fit comfortably with your lifestyle. Our highly experienced specialist orthodontist in Colorado can determine the most effective treatment available for your individual case.
Invisalign for Adults
Clear aligners, such as Invisalign Treatment for adults, are one of the most popular options among the people looking to undergo adult orthodontics.
Invisalign for adults are transparent pieces of custom-molded medical grade plastic that sit over the teeth and gradually move them to the desired position. Invisalign is often hailed as ‘invisible braces’ because of their subtlety. They are also a removable appliance. You are required to wear your Invisalign for 20-22 hours a day, you can take them out to eat, drink and clean the aligners.
Invisalign can be a simple, effective and comfortable option of adult orthodontic treatment. But these invisible braces are only suitable for those who are disciplined enough to follow instructions on how to wear and care for their clear aligners. Invisalign for adults cost a bit more than the other treatment options but still very popular among adults because it’s the most discreet option. Just like any other type of orthodontic treatment, Invisalign should be fitted by an experienced and qualified specialist orthodontist, who is fully trained to provide you with the best result. At Orthodontic Experts of Colorado, all of our orthodontists are highly experienced and are specialists in adult orthodontics.
Braces for Adults Options
Traditional braces have transformed a lot over the years! Gone are the days where the only option to straighten your teeth was chunky metal braces. The latest clear ceramic braces or tooth-colored braces are a lot more subtle, and technological advancement in orthodontic treatment mean that adult braces are now significantly smaller and more comfortable than they used to be in the past.
While latest technologies such as Invisalign for adults have given patients more choice about the kind of adult orthodontics they undergo, but still braces for Adults remain one of the best ways to get outstanding results over a short amount of time.
Lingual braces function the same way as traditional braces, but they are fitted at the back of your teeth instead of the front. Lingual braces are the only real invisible option in adult orthodontics because they are fixed behind the teeth so, no one can see them!
Lingual braces cost more and can take longer to fit and adjust than other types of braces, but they are an incredibly effective option for adults. If you want a completely discreet treatment option that can help you get a perfect smile, then you must consider lingual braces.
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If you still have any question about adult orthodontics, their costs and other options, Invisalign for adults and its cost, feel free to contact the Orthodontic Experts of Colorado by calling us at (719) 596-3138.