Dental Braces For Adults – What Are Your Options?
Did you know that about a third of Australian adults don’t like their teeth? It’s been reported that 39% of Australian adults feel this way, while 62% would actually consider orthodontic treatment.
Does this sound familiar?
Perhaps you’ve been thinking about getting your teeth straightened, or closing that gap that’s been annoying you for some time? Or maybe there’s a big event coming up and you want to look your absolute best in all of the photos?
Rest assured, you’re not alone. For many it’s been something they’ve wanted for a long time but couldn’t afford, or just “never got around to”. Whatever the reason, it’s never too late to get your teeth straightened! If you’re considering braces, you’ll be pleased to learn that a lot has changed since you were a teenager. For the longest time there was really only one choice when it came to straightening teeth – metal braces. The good news is that today, dental braces can come in a wide range of styles and materials. Let’s take a look at a few of the options to give you an idea of what’s available out there.
Teeth Straightening Options For Adults
Here are the different types of dental braces currently available for adults:
These are what most people think of when they think of braces. Traditional metal braces use a series of metal wires and brackets to adjust the position of teeth. The brackets are fixed to the teeth, and the wires are used to apply the appropriate pressure.
Traditional metal braces are the oldest type of braces, and are incredibly reliable. They’re still commonly used, and are often the ‘go-to’ option for teenagers.
The biggest downside to metal braces, other than how much braces cost, is aesthetics. Metal braces are incredibly noticeable, and many adults would prefer not to have something quite so obvious on their teeth.
Ceramic braces use the same wire and bracket setup as metal braces, with an important twist; the brackets are made of tooth-coloured ceramic, with the wires coloured white.
Using ceramic and white wires makes ceramic braces much more subtle in appearance than metal braces. They provide all the mechanical benefits of the traditional metal braces, but without the appearance.
Lingual braces are perhaps the most aesthetically pleasing of all the bracket and wire options, as they’re almost impossible to notice without getting up close and personal.
That’s because lingual braces are attached to the lingual (“tongue”) side of the teeth. This means that the wires and brackets are completely hidden behind the teeth, and can’t be seen when smiling, talking, or eating, except from very specific angles.
Lingual braces are very complicated to attach properly, and as such come with a considerable price tag. They could easily be one of the most expensive types of orthodontic treatment, and their positioning on the inside of the teeth can make them take even longer to get used to than traditional braces.
Invisalign® is an exciting innovative technology that’s been rapidly growing in popularity over the last decade or so. Invisalign® abandons the wire and brackets altogether in favour of clear removable aligners.
There are lots of benefits to Invisalign® that make them particularly attractive to adult clients:
- They’re made of clear plastic, so they’re very difficult to notice. Invisalign® aligners are almost completely unnoticeable in photographs.
- They can be taken out to eat, drink, and clean your teeth. This means there are no diet restrictions or additional cleaning routines while you’re undergoing treatment.
- They’re one of the most affordable orthodontic options.
Of course, compliance is key. Invisalign® aligners must be worn for at least 22 hours each day. Although it’s a distinct advantage that the aligners can be removed, in order for the treatment to be effective, compliance is essential.
DISCLAIMER: Results may vary between individuals. Any dental procedure carries risks and benefits
What You Need To Consider Before Choosing
There are several considerations when it comes to choosing dental braces as an adult.
How complex is your case? You can’t really assess this one yourself, and you’ll need a dentist to examine you. It is for this reason why we offer a complimentary initial consultation.
Cost is always important. Metal braces, ceramic braces, and lingual braces are often carried out by a specialist orthodontist, which can result in higher overall fees. Lingual braces, as we said, are the most complex and expensive of all the orthodontic treatments.
Aesthetics and comfort are also factors. Traditional metal braces are simply very noticeable; ceramic is quite subtle, and Invisalign® is very difficult to see at all. Out of all the treatment options, Invisalign® is the most aesthetically pleasing option. That’s one of the reasons why the treatment has become so popular so quickly!
Invisalign® also has less overall impact on your daily life. You don’t need to start a new cleaning regime to care for your braces, and you don’t need a special diet of soft foods. You can take the aligners out whenever you eat and then clean your teeth just like you normally do.
Selecting The Right Dentist
Of course, it’s not just about which treatment option – it’s just as important to consider who’s performing the treatment!
At The Dental Room, we’re a proud Platinum Provider (2019) of Invisalign®. Dr Shawn Rama is a leading cosmetic dentist and strives to achieve the best possible outcome for every one of his clients.
We’ve treated many clients successfully using this innovative treatment. Every case we see is unique, and we treat each as such. For most cases we follow a no-extraction approach, meaning we don’t remove teeth to relieve crowding!
Although Invisalign® is one of the most technologically advanced teeth straightening products available, you still need an experienced dentist to drive the treatment right from the start. That’s why they need to see us!
To find out if you’re a suitable candidate for Invisalign®, or just to check what orthodontic treatment you may need, we offer a complimentary assessment. Contact us today to schedule an appointment, and get started on the journey of achieving the smile you’ve always wanted.
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.