You can enjoy a flawless smile at any age, including as an adult. According to the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO), approximately one in five patients is over 21. With modern orthodontic treatments, adults can achieve the gorgeous smiles they desire without the unpleasantness associated with traditional orthodontia.
At one time, metal braces were the only choice if you wanted to straighten your teeth. Now, adult patients can select from other options such as:
Made from tooth-colored materials, ceramic braces are designed to blend with your natural teeth and offer inconspicuous orthodontic treatment. Usually, the bands used to hold the arch wires on are often clear or white. Ceramic braces, however, tend to cost more than traditional orthodontia does.
With this type of treatment, the brackets are placed on the back sides of your teeth, which means they aren’t visible to others. Lingual braces will correct the alignment of your teeth, just as metal brackets would do. Treatment typically takes about the same amount of time as traditional braces. Initially, patients may have an adjustment period as they get used to having the brackets on the back of their teeth.
Invisalign clear aligners
One of the most popular choices for adults, Invisalign clear braces are custom, acrylic aligners that gently shift teeth into the desired position. The plastic trays fit over teeth and do not require any adjustments. Most of the time, no one besides your orthodontist will even know that you are undergoing treatment. Because the aligners are removable, you can keep teeth and gums in top condition.