Posted on August 23, 2022
Orthodontic treatment is not just for children and teenagers. More and more adults are realizing that well-aligned teeth are not only beneficial for their appearance but can also help their dental health. Both traditional braces and Invisalign straighteners can be good choices for adults.
It’s not just teens who can be self-conscious about their smiles. If you’ve got crowded or crooked teeth, but you weren’t able to have orthodontic treatment as a child, it’s not too late. Braces or Invisalign can improve your appearance and help you feel more confident in business and social situations.
Moreover, you will be less susceptible to tooth decay and gum disease if your teeth are properly aligned and easier to clean. Correct alignment can also prevent problems with tooth grinding or clenching, which can lead to jaw pain and headaches.
Traditional wire braces can be a worry-free choice for busy adults. Once they’re put on, you will just need regular visits to the orthodontist for adjustments. Adults are responsible enough to make any adjustments in diet and dental hygiene that are needed for braces.
If you’re concerned about appearance, you may consider ceramic or clear brackets and wires. These are barely noticeable. They may be a little more expensive than wire braces and feel a little larger in your mouth.
The clear Invisalign aligners are as effective as traditional braces but the experience is slightly different. As the name suggests, they are nearly invisible on your teeth. You’ll go through a series of aligners as your teeth are gradually moved into place.
The aligners should be worn for 22 hours each day, including when you are sleeping. You can remove them to eat and to brush and floss your teeth. The aligner trays are simple to care for and clean. With both Invisalign and braces, you will have to wear a retainer for a time after your treatment is finished.
Whether you choose traditional braces or Invisalign, you can expect an improved smile in about one to two years, depending on your individual situation. If you’re ready to make a positive change in your life through orthodontic treatment, consult with your orthodontist.
Are you an adult in the Saginaw or Frankenmuth area exploring your options for orthodontic treatment? Click here to learn more about braces and Invisalign.