Thinking About Braces To Straighten Your Teeth? Metal Braces May Not Be Your Only Option!
What was once more commonly used on teenagers, more and more adults are now considering using braces to straighten their teeth. This is because having a great smile in today’s modern society is becoming increasingly important. In fact, the majority of the clients we treat these days are adults, and there’s an increasing trend for the Baby Boomers to have orthodontic work done.
While you’re most familiar with metal braces, have you ever been curious about those clear or invisible braces such as Invisalign®? Read on to learn more about some of the different orthodontic treatments available that could help you achieve your dream smile.
What are braces?
Dental braces are considered “appliances” that are used by dentists or orthodontists on their own or with a combination of other treatments to correct a variety of teeth positioning problems. These include crowding, spacing and bite (occlusion) issues.
What conditions do they treat?
What are the common types of braces?
Ceramic braces or white braces, are similar in size and shape to metal braces. The main difference is that they have tooth-coloured brackets or wires which appear less noticeable than traditional metal ones. Although they can cost more, their improved aesthetics make them more popular with adults than the metal ones.
‘Invisible’ braces with Invisalign®
How long does treatment take?
Although many of our Invisalign® clients have a treatment time of between 3 – 12 months, as one can appreciate, the amount of time needed using treatment with braces or clear aligners to straighten teeth is dependant on many factors and as a result can vary greatly between each person. Some of these factors include age, complexity, compliance, type of braces used, your treatment goals, and perhaps several other factors depending on your circumstances.
Despite popular belief, age only plays a very minor role in the entire teeth-straightening process. Dentists used to believe that teeth were not able to move once growth had stopped. However, science has proven that teeth can, in fact, be moved throughout any stage of life. That’s great news if you think you missed the boat!
Which Treatment Option Is Right For You?
While both braces and Invisalign® have their advantages and disadvantages, there are a number of ways to achieve a great outcome. If wearing metal braces would make you feel overly self-conscious, then perhaps a more discreet option would suit you better. If you think the time is right for you to straighten your teeth, book a complimentary consultation with us today. You will discover which treatment plan would give you the quickest, most efficient way to straighten your teeth.
Disclaimer: Complimentary Invisalign® assessments are provided for clients who are interested in learning more about Invisalign® treatment options. Booking is essential. Treatment results may vary between individuals. Any dental procedure carries risks and benefits that should be considered carefully.