An increasing number of adults are opting for orthodontia to improve their smiles these days. With new advances in braces and alignment treatments and improvements on old standards, it’s a great time to look into correcting any issues that might make people self-conscious of their smile.
In this busy modern world, adults seek to minimize the time they have to wear braces while also minimizing the appearance of the orthodontia. Some patients benefit from a combination approach that uses a more intensive form of braces first to correct misalignment and bite problems before switching to something like Invisalign for the final, minor adjustments.
Traditional metal braces
These are what most people think of when they hear the word “braces” because they’ve been around for decades. Teeth and bite issues receive correction using metal brackets with the archwire attached to each bracket via wire ligature or elastic bands. This type of orthodontia requires a substantial amount of time to work and frequent orthodontist visits. Using sliding brackets can help shorten the treatment period.
An advantage of ceramic braces over metal is that they’re tooth colored and less obvious. They do however take longer than metal braces, have issues with rubber band staining, and require additional visits to the orthodontists for adjustments. Latest advances in ceramic braces are self-ligating brackets, which means the archwires slide in the brackets as teeth move, causing less friction. The drawback of this advancement is that the bracket gates are made of metal and more visible than previous styles.
Self-ligating metal braces
Without the need for elastic or metal bands to hold the archwire in the braces, self-ligating metal braces are growing in popularity. These braces have reduced-friction because the brackets slide along the wire as teeth align. Self-ligating braces require less time than other styles of traditional braces, but the stainless steel brackets, though small, are still visible.
With brackets that adhere to the inside of the teeth instead of the outside, lingual braces are practically invisible. Lingual braces work for correcting overbite and are now available in a self-ligating, reduced-friction option. Disadvantages of lingual braces include tongue irritation and possible speech issues.
Since its introduction in 1999, Invisalign has been one of the most popular choices for straightening teeth that don’t need bite correction. Using a series of plastic trays designed specifically for the patient, Invisalign gradually straightens teeth comfortably and nearly invisibly. Patients can eat normally, and while the trays require wearing a majority of the time, they can remove them periodically for a short time. Along with their nearly hidden appearance, additional advantages of Invisalign include less frequent orthodontist visits and oftentimes even faster results than other types of braces.
Having a confident smile is a sign of friendliness, success, and health, so there’s every reason to explore the various orthodontia options available today by discussing them with your dentist.
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