Increasing numbers of adults are choosing to undergo orthodontic treatment for both aesthetic reasons and to improve their oral health. Our Calgary team explains various options for adults undergoing orthodontic treatment.
REASONS TO STRAIGHTEN YOUR TEETH
When teeth are not correctly aligned, they can lead to a number of oral health issues. Speech may be impaired, the jaw may not function properly, and uneven tooth wear may result.
Misaligned teeth might also have a negative impact on oral hygiene. When teeth are correctly aligned, it’s rather simple to keep them clean with regular brushing and flossing routines. Germs and food debris can linger on the teeth when there is a misalignment and if teeth overlap, brushing and flossing might not reach these areas as easily. Gum disease and tooth decay might arise as a result of this.
Aside from children, adults too can experience anxieties as a result of tooth misalignment. In some cases, adults with tooth misalignments avoid being photographed, speaking openly, or even eating in public due to a lack of confidence in their smiles.
For all of these reasons, receiving orthodontic treatment as an adult can be quite advantageous.
LOW-PROFILE ORTHODONTIC OPTIONS FOR ADULTS
Adults may not seek orthodontic treatment because they are concerned about the aesthetics of braces. Fortunately, though, dental technology has come a long way, and there are many discreet treatment options for adult patients to choose from.
Clear, custom-made plastic aligners are almost indiscernible when worn over the teeth. Over the course of treatment, they move the teeth into the desired positions with gentle, constant pressure.
Patients may eat, drink, clean and floss their teeth as they usually would while using clear aligners, which are also detachable.
For adult patients, clear aligners can be an appealing orthodontic treatment choice because of their transparency.
Our Calgary office offers many different types of braces for the adult patient, including:
Unless the patient opens his or her mouth wide, it is difficult to see the braces since they are put on the “back” of the teeth (the side that faces the patient’s mouth).
Ceramic braces feature brackets that are composed of a tooth-coloured ceramic material that is meant to fit in with the patient’s natural teeth. Despite the fact that the ceramic brackets are somewhat bigger than typical metal brackets, they should be far less obvious when they are worn.
Self Ligating Braces
Self-ligating braces include fewer brackets and do not require the use of elastic or metal ties, offering patients another low-profile alternative that is suitable for adults who are worried about their appearance.
WHICH TREATMENT OPTION IS RIGHT FOR YOU?
Your orthodontist should review the advantages and disadvantages of each orthodontic treatment option with you, and will assist you in determining which option is the most appropriate for your dental health requirements and way of life.