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Adult Braces: Here Are Your Options

Adult Braces: Here Are Your Options

If you think braces are just for teens and preteens, think again. Today, about a quarter of braces-wearers are adults, and that number is increasing, thanks to a greater awareness of the benefits associated with straighter teeth and better bite alignment.

Plenty of adults visit Freedom Orthodontics in Cedar Park, Texas, for orthodontic treatment tailored to their unique needs. In this post, Brendan Smith, DDS, MS, offers a brief overview of the science behind orthodontics, along with a review of the different types of braces that can help you enjoy all the benefits of straighter teeth.

The science behind orthodontic treatment

Orthodontic treatment uses special devices and therapies to shift your teeth into proper alignment. Most people think of orthodontics as primarily a cosmetic treatment, but that’s not so. Orthodontic treatment offers a wealth of health benefits, including a reduced risk of cavities, gum disease, and bite-related problems, like temporomandibular joint disorder and tooth damage. 

During treatment, your orthodontic device (or appliance) moves your teeth into their optimal positions over time. Each treatment begins with impressions to map out every step of your care.

Regular office visits give our team a chance to adjust your braces to keep your teeth moving. They also provide an opportunity for us to ensure your treatment is moving forward as planned and to make necessary alterations to keep you on track.

Most patients benefit from monthly office visits. In addition to adjusting your braces, our team provides lifestyle guidance and care tips to help you get the most from your treatment.

Beyond Invisalign®: Know your options

Invisalign has enjoyed a surge in popularity over the past decade or so; although the system is versatile, it’s not ideal for all patients. Many adults benefit from other options that may work better for adult needs.

Traditional braces

These are the braces we’re all familiar with, featuring metal brackets and wires that gently move your teeth into their new positions over time. Traditional braces have a long history, making them a very dependable and cost-effective option for anyone who wants straighter teeth and a better-aligned bite.

Traditional braces are also an ideal option for people with complex orthodontic issues. That’s because these braces are used to treat all types of orthodontic concerns, including bites involving more than one type of alignment problem.

Ceramic braces

Ceramic braces use brackets made of durable ceramic that’s tinted to match your natural teeth. The brackets are attached to your tooth surfaces and connected by a wire, just like traditional braces. 

Tinted brackets are far less visible than metal. However, ceramic braces can be a little more costly than metal braces, and the brackets aren’t quite as durable.

Lingual braces

Lingual braces work the same way as traditional braces with one major difference: These braces are placed on the back side (the lingual surfaces) of your teeth. That means during treatment, your braces are hidden from view.

Lingual braces can be a great solution for anyone who wants more discreet treatment, enjoying the benefits of orthodontics without visible brackets and wires. With lingual braces, the brackets are attached to your teeth using custom technology to shape the braces components for your specific needs.

A beautiful smile is ageless

Don’t let crooked teeth or poor bite alignment take a toll on your confidence and oral health. Adult braces can give you a more attractive and healthier smile. To learn more, call Freedom Orthodontics or book an appointment online today.

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