Crafting Beautiful Smiles With Braces For Adults
Am I Past The Age For Braces?
Many adults may not realize that braces are, in fact, a viable option if you are looking to correct your smile after your teenage years. Yes, many people go through the process of braces earlier in life, but there are many valid reasons to get braces as an adult too! The American Association of Orthodontists reports that one in five orthodontic patients is over the age of 21. Adults may choose to correct their orthodontic problems not only for cosmetic reasons, but to maintain their health as well. Braces help contribute to higher self-esteem and confidence, as well as solving many health issues that you may not realize are connected to your orthodontic health. If you are an adult that is considering orthodontic treatment with braces, our team can help. At Lanier Orthodontics, Dr. Gass understands how important the decision is to get braces as an adult, so he works very hard to ensure that every step of your journey is comfortable and stress-free.
What Braces Options Are Available?
Our team is constantly striving to exceed your expectations when it comes to your orthodontic experience. We utilize the latest technology and equipment to provide you with treatment alternatives that fit your lifestyle and work with your specific orthodontic needs in mind. We know the importance of a confident smile both during and after treatment, so we have a range of braces available so that you can select the appliance that will get you to your future smile. Our patients can choose from:
- Traditional Metal – This is a classic orthodontic treatment option, and metal braces consistently deliver remarkable results to our patients. They are ideal for addressing both major and minor oral health issues and have a high success rate. Some options may include thin rubber bands to help secure the wires on each bracket which are available in a variety of colors.
- Clear/Ceramic – For patients looking to maintain a more professional appearance during treatment, ceramic braces may be a good option. Made from a ceramic material designed to blend in with your natural tooth color, these appliances are very discreet but offer the same level of effectiveness as traditional braces.
- Gold – Gold braces offer a unique alternative to traditional stainless steel brackets. With their stylish gold-plated brackets, gold braces aren’t just long-lasting and efficient; they also let you flaunt your individuality and keep your gorgeous smile even after treatment is complete.
- Self-Ligating – Self-ligating metal braces are bonded to your teeth using a similar process as traditional braces. However, instead of using ligature ties to hold the archwire in place, these braces feature sliding door technology that allows your archwires to work longer and faster, leading to few appointments.
The process for braces is generally the same for each type of bracket. When you come in to have your braces applied, your teeth are professionally prepared, and brackets ranging in various designs and materials, depending on the type you choose, are bonded and cured into their precise positioning on your teeth. Then the archwire, which can be composed of various sizes, shapes, and materials, is used to carefully and efficiently move your teeth. Continuous and routine appointments are necessary to adjust your braces and range on average from 4-10 week intervals.
Benefits Of Orthodontic Treatment As An Adult
Most adults who consider getting braces want straighter teeth and a better-looking smile. Even though having straight teeth is the most obvious benefit of braces for adults, there are many other reasons why even the most skeptical person should look into their options. Some advantages of braces for adults include:
- Better oral hygiene
- Boosted self-esteem
- Headaches, earaches, and jaw aches may go away
Also, less crowding makes brushing and flossing your teeth easier, which can help prevent tooth decay, gum disease, and other problems with your mouth.
The truth is that there are many reasons why adults get braces. Our team at Lanier Orthodontics can help you make decisions about your oral health without the social stigmas that often come with getting orthodontic treatment later in life.