Orthodontics for Adults
Here at Travers Orthodontics, we're seeing more and more adult orthodontic patients, and it's easy to see why. Many adults realize that investing in a smile makeover can have significant social and professional benefits.
Straightening the teeth is an important part of that confidence-boosting makeover process. Additionally, appliances that are barely noticeable have been developed to give adults more discreet choices when it comes to treatment options.
More Adults Are Pursuing Orthodontics
Here are just a few of the benefits of orthodontics for adults.
Your Teeth Can Shift
Believe it or not, your teeth don’t stop moving in adolescence. Teeth that seemed straight and aligned in youth could have shifted later in life.
This can lead to jaw pain, trouble brushing, or a smile you’re unhappy with.
Maintaining Dental Health
If you leave misaligned teeth untreated, you may end up with other dental problems such as tooth decay and gum disease.
You may also notice difficulty chewing or abnormal wear on the surface of your teeth.
Types of Adult Treatment
All orthodontic appliances work essentially the same way: by employing light, constant force to move teeth into proper alignment. However, the way these forces are applied can vary, as numerous innovations have become available in recent years.
Less visible orthodontic appliances have been designed to blend more easily into an adult's personal and professional lifestyle. Types of orthodontic appliances include:
This is probably what you think of when you picture someone wearing braces: small metal brackets bonded to the front of the teeth.
A thin wire runs through the brackets and is attached on either end to metal bands that go around a back molar.
Metal braces are durable, effective, and have produced countless beautiful smiles for many years.
Clear braces work just as metal braces do, but instead of more noticeable metal brackets, they feature clear ones made of ceramic, plastic, or a combination of both.
Except for the thin wire running through, clear braces are hardly visible. Clear braces are a great option for adults who desire the effectiveness of braces without the obvious appearance.
As an alternative to the fixed type of orthodontic appliances mentioned above, clear aligners, like Invisalign, are removable. They are actually a series of clear plastic “trays” that are custom-made to fit over your teeth exactly.
Each tray is part of a series of trays that move your teeth a little bit at a time until they are in the proper position. Your trays are designed with the help of specialized computer software that generates a virtual model of your bite.
Invisalign for the Farmers Branch, Coppell and Irving areas is the perfect way to transform your smile without anyone ever noticing.
These metal braces are bonded to the back of your teeth (tongue side) so that no one can see them.
They can be more difficult to get used to wearing and are more expensive than traditional braces.
After Your Orthodontic Treatment
There is nothing like seeing your new smile after getting your braces removed or wearing your last set of aligners. However, there is still one final phase of treatment that is crucial to maintaining your smile.
Wearing a retainer after treatment is crucial, no matter which type of appliance you choose and what age you happen to be. Teeth that are not held in place by a retainer long enough for new supporting bone to develop around them, have a natural tendency to drift back to their original positions.
That's certainly not something we—or you—want to see happen. Additionally, the best way to ensure your new smile stays perfect is to follow a good dental hygiene routine, brush and floss regularly, and continue to visit your dentist for professional exams and cleanings.
After your treatment, we will provide you with specific tips and further instructions on how to retain your brand new, beautiful smile so that it continues to make you look and feel great for years to come. Follow our social for other great tips and amazing patient photos.