What are the benefits of adult orthodontics?
Adult braces can impact your confidence and health. Straighter teeth can create a broader smile and prevent health issues like gum disease or cavities.
Adult braces can fix almost as many issues as childhood braces. The main difference between the two treatments is jaw alignment. When adults consider braces, their jaws are usually developed, so the options for adult jaw correction are somewhat limited.
Traditional metal braces
As their name suggests, traditional braces are the standard metal method. These braces use elastic rings and metal wiring to connect each bracket. With adult metal braces, you will have to visit your orthodontist regularly for check-ups and tightening.
Adult ceramic braces are made with a transparent material to make your treatment less noticeable. These fixtures, also known as invisible braces for adults, operate like traditional braces. Their main difference is the ceramic, tooth-colored brackets.
For an even more discreet option, many adults choose Invisalign clear aligners. These are not braces, but they use a similar technique to create straight teeth and correct bite issues. Adults can take these aligners out for every meal and enjoy invisible treatment for a shortened period.
Damon® self-ligating braces
Another type of adult metal braces is Damon braces. Instead of using elastic rings, these fixtures are self-ligating, so they adjust without tightening. Many adults like these because they are comfortable and efficient with clear bracket options.
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Your options for adult orthodontics at our Maryville practice are varied. The choice you make will depend on your preferences for comfort, appearance and price. You are a candidate for adult orthodontics if you have crooked or crowded teeth, an overbite, an underbite, an open bite, misplaced teeth or certain structural irregularities.