Orthodontic treatments are no longer just for kids. Conventional wisdom used to be that a smile should be corrected in the earliest stages of its development, but modern dentistry has discovered methods to correct even the smiles of adults. Dentists offer a few options for adult orthodontics so that you can improve your smile at nearly any age.
Q: When would an adult need orthodontics?
Any adult can have a crooked smile, and whether your bite is misaligned, or you have multiple teeth that are not lined up properly, there are still solutions. Overlapping teeth or teeth that are spaced too far apart can be a danger to your oral health because they can be difficult to keep clean. An over or under bite can cause speaking problems or unconscious teeth grinding which in turn lead to other problems. Adult orthodontics can straighten your smile to alleviate these problems while making your smile look better.
Q: What are some adult orthodontics options?
Not only is orthodontics available for adults, there are also a number of options you can choose from. One of the common choices is Invisalign, a system that uses clear trays similar to retainers to straighten your smile in a carefully planned progression. Six Month Smiles is another option more similar to traditional wire orthodontics with the difference of the wires being clear. This method also only focuses on the front teeth for much faster results.
Q: What is the draw of these methods?
Straightening your smile may sound nice, but what adult wants to flashback to childhood with embarrassing metal wires on their smile? Since the obvious answer is no one, the dentists who design adult orthodontics have taken this into account and most adult smile correction methods are transparent. This means that no one needs to know you are correcting your smile, and you don’t have to feel like a “metal mouth.”
Ask a dentist more about adult orthodontics options and find out if they could work for you.