Teeth straightening is important as an adult as we all become more image conscious, having a great smile boosts your confidence not only in social settings but also business settings as well. Having crooked and misaligned teeth erodes your confidence especially when you are self-conscious about smiling. The strategies below have been developed by orthodontists over time to address the problem of teeth alignment for adults. Here are some options available as an adult to effectively straighten your teeth;
- Invisalign Adult Braces
The Invisalign braces are made of invisible plastic. It is almost undetectable and will enable you to go on with your life without disruption and will not have to be self-conscious while undergoing treatment since very few people will notice. With more efficient types like Invisalign, there is no irritation of brackets and wires to bother you. There is also no food restriction as you can go on eating what you have been eating. As for oral hygiene, since it is removable, you will be able to continue brushing and flossing your teeth as your daily routine. The disadvantage is that it is not for adults with major orthodontic problems.
- Using Lingual Braces
Lingual braces are fashioned to be placed on the inside of your teeth. They are made to address needs for adults with moderate to severe conditions of crowding and spaces between teeth. The advantage is that it is invisible since it is placed on the inside of your teeth so you can comfortably smile while receiving teeth straightening treatment. The disadvantages being they can be a little bit more expensive than the other brace types while oral hygiene requires additional focus since braces are fixed to the inside of the teeth. They can initially cause irritation to the tongue and in the short term affect speech. If you are looking for a Gold Coast orthodontics practice who specialises in lingual braces you can contact Dr Wong, a Robina orthodontist who has 20 years of experience with lingual braces.
- By using ceramic braces
Instead of the conspicuous metal mouth gear, ceramic braces are brackets that are directly fixed to the teeth. They are made of translucent material that matches the colour of the teeth. Although there is a visible wire, this can be customized to match the teeth, making it almost invisible at a distance. On the downside, the ligatures can be stained by food and drink.
- Self-ligating braces
They look like the regular braces with the only difference being the brackets. While the regular braces are held by ligatures that are used to hold the wire in place, self-ligating braces are smooth and will hold themselves to the teeth with less irritating effect. They require fewer visits to the orthodontist for adjustments. They have built-in clips to hold on to the wire. Compared to the other braces they are easy to keep clean. The disadvantage is that these braces are visible.
- Metal Braces
These are standard braces that have stainless steel wire securely affixed with plastic ligatures and brackets that are fixed to the front of the teeth. They often come with a large variety in terms of colour. For bolder people, you may decide to have a bright coloured metal brace. This is the cheapest option among braces. It is initially uncomfortable at first making it quite a task to brush and floss your teeth. It also irritates the mouth and the cheeks at first. Adjustment of ligatures and other corrective steps make you a frequent visitor to the orthodontist, generally every 4-6 weeks.
- Using Myobrace Technique
This is a treatment that uses myofunctional techniques to solve poor oral health habits. These are the real underlying causes of orthodontic problems like crooked teeth. It uses light and intermittent forces to align the teeth. This is a technique that has been practiced by dentists for over 50 years and is most suitable for adults since all the permanent teeth have developed and the jaws have stopped growing.
The ideal teeth straightening method depends on your preference, budget and the kind of orthodontic problem you are experiencing. Regardless of your choice some short term pain and cost is worth it for a lifetime of having a perfect smile. If you are searching for the term braces gold coast we highly recommend Dr Wong who is a very experienced orthodontist.