Orthodontic treatment isn't just for children! In fact, the American Association of Orthodontists states that one in five orthodontic patients is over the age of 21. Many adults are choosing to receive orthodontic care to straighten their teeth and improve the appearance of their smiles. Adult orthodontics can address several dental issues in adults, like crooked teeth or teeth that have crowded together.
Advantages of adult orthodontics
Adult orthodontics is available to patients of all ages. Many adults are choosing to receive treatment because they understand the importance of maintaining good oral health and a beautiful smile. There are several advantages to adult orthodontics that patients can enjoy, including the following:
- Beautiful, straight teeth
- Improved dental health
- Increased confidence
- Improved oral function
- Increased self-esteem
Common orthodontic treatment options
Orthodontic appliances have come a long way. There are several options for adults to choose from to straighten their teeth. The common orthodontic treatment options include the following:
Invisalign uses a series of clear, removable aligners to straighten your teeth. The aligners fit comfortably and are virtually invisible. You can remove them to eat, brush, and floss, and you can also remove them for special occasions.
ClearCorrect is an alternative to braces that uses a series of plastic aligners to straighten teeth. The aligners are custom-made to fit your mouth. Unlike braces, you can remove your aligners to brush and floss your teeth.
The aligners are worn for 22 hours per day, removing them to eat, drink, or brush your teeth. Every two weeks, you receive a new aligner to move your teeth closer to their ideal positions.
Your aligners are changed every 4-6 weeks, and you wear each set for around two weeks.
The Damon system uses self-ligating braces with passive self-ligating brackets. The brackets are specially designed with a built-in door that closes over the archwire when the braces are engaged. This eliminates the need for ligatures or elastic ties. The self-ligating brackets create less friction, which makes treatment more comfortable.
Traditional braces usually consist of metal brackets bonded to the front of your teeth. The brackets are connected by a wire, which applies steady pressure to straighten your teeth. Wires move your teeth through the brackets and are held in place by small rubber bands called ligatures.
Traditional braces use constant pressure to gradually shift your teeth into proper alignment.
What are the benefits of adult orthodontics?
When you choose adult orthodontics at our dental office, you are able to have your teeth straightened and have a symmetrical smile. Having straight teeth also corrects bite issues and improves the aesthetics of one's smile.
Call 34th Street Dental Care at 708-484-6576 to schedule your consultation with our dentists to learn more about our dental treatments.