Orthodontic braces are incredibly common, with many children getting traditional braces between the ages of 13 and 17. Ideally, children should start seeing an orthodontist as soon as their adult teeth come in. Orthodontic braces treat issues such as a misaligned bite—an overbite or an underbite—as well as straighten and even out the spacing of teeth. While children are still young, their bite is more malleable and easy to correct as the jaw and teeth are still developing. However, for those who missed out on braces as a kid, there are still lots of options for adult orthodontia.
There are many benefits to correcting a misaligned bite or uneven teeth. Many people think of the cosmetic aspect first, and it’s true that a straight smile can lead to a dramatic improvement in appearance. But improving your bite has other benefits as well. By correcting your bite, you can improve the function of your teeth and jaw, as well as find relief from jaw tension, soreness and pain that can spread through the head to the neck and shoulders. Here are some of the various options for orthodontic braces.
Traditional braces are made of lightweight metal wires and brackets that attach to the teeth, and are gradually tightened over time, putting pressure on the teeth to move into the correct position. Traditional braces are very effective, especially if the misalignment of the bite and teeth is severe. However, some people don’t like the look of traditional braces, and they can make eating, brushing and flossing difficult. Traditional braces can be used for both comprehensive orthodontia, or short term braces.
Invisalign treatment straightens and aligns the teeth using custom-made, clear plastic retainers. These retainers are meant to be worn for intervals, and can be removed to eat, drink, brush and floss. Because they are nearly invisible, and removable, Invisalign is a popular choice for adults.
Ceramic braces work the same way as traditional braces, but the brackets are made of a clear ceramic material. Ceramic braces are a more popular choice for adults as they are less visible than metal braces.
There are many different choices for orthodontic braces. If you dream of a perfect smile, speak to your orthodontist today. With new dental technology, there are more options than ever for orthodontic improvement, including short-term braces, invisalign, and cosmetic options such as veneers. Ask your orthodontist which option is right for you!