How to Have Braces as an Adult

Adulthood and BracesWhen you think about having braces, it may seem like something only a preteen or teenager would wear. A common misconception is that braces are only for kids. Many adults who need braces might be reluctant to get them because they feel that they are unattractive or childish. This is a misperception, as there are many different types of braces that have reduced visibility and aren’t very obvious. Also, the need for braces doesn’t dissipate just because you would rather not wear them. The health of your teeth comes first, and neglecting to straighten and correct misalignments for the sake of aesthetic appearance does far more harm than good. In this article, we will discuss the importance of having braces if you need them, regardless of age, as well as the options available that will make it very easy and unobtrusive for adults to wear them.

If You Need Them, You Need Them

There’s no way around it. Braces are corrective, and they are used to adjust misaligned teeth and get them straightened and realigned so that you don’t have problems later on. Neglecting to wear braces if you need them can have serious side effects that harm your health. This goes beyond simple appearance problems (crooked teeth are unsightly and can throw your whole face off); hygiene is also a problem. While dental hygiene with braces is slightly more time-consuming than dental hygiene without them, if you have an underbite, overbite, misalignment, and/or another problem, it can be difficult to clean out food particles in the teeth. If your teeth have areas that are hard to reach due to crookedness or bunching together, it can be difficult to floss and brush them thoroughly. Teeth also may break or chip easier because of these problems. And, as we all know, shabbily-cleaned teeth develop plaque and, subsequently, cavities.

Options for Adults that Will Make You Okay With Having Braces

There are multiple options for braces that are minimally-visible and unobtrusive, while at the same time easy to clean and wear.

1. Invisalign

Invisalign braces are clear. These transparent braces are very subtle. They treat a wide variety of cases and have been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (the FDA). In terms of clear aligners, there are few that can compete with Invisalign. Invisalign has multiple benefits over traditional braces. They are made of plastic, which is smoother and more comfortable, you can eat the food you want, and you are able to remove them when you desire. They are also easier to clean, and you can brush and floss your teeth without the hassle of regular braces. For more information on the benefits of Invisalign, click here.

2. Braces on the Back of Your Teeth

Don’t mistake praise for Invisalign as a disavowal of how well other forms of braces work. You can have braces on the backs of your teeth, making them invisible when you smile. These are known as “nano braces” or “lingual braces” and they are made of nickel-titanium wire to hold the shape of your teeth and aid realigning them. Nano braces are most appropriate for people with regular-sized teeth and no deep, vertical overbite, as that can make it difficult to fit the braces. These braces are custom-fitted to patients, potentially making the treatment time reduced. Nano braces are also a popular choice because, like the Invisalign braces, they are invisible to other people.

3. Braces and Invisalign Combined

A combination used by dentists is braces on your bottom teeth and Invisalign on the top. Your bottom teeth are not as visible as your top teeth unless you have a pronounced underbite. For patients who do not have that problem, combining braces and Invisalign may be a match that works for them. Your teeth will be straightened in a timely fashion and you will be able to remove the Invisalign up top when you need to brush and floss there. This minimizes visibility and, although it is more noticeable than the first two options, it is still very viable and will work well.

4. Ceramic Braces

The idea of ceramic may bring to mind dishes and vases, but it is actually a strong substance that can work wonders for your teeth. Ceramic is non-metallic, hard, and tightly-compressed. It is a crystal oxide, nitride, or carbide. As stated, one of the most common insecurities that adults have about braces is that they are too visible. Ceramic braces are the same color as your teeth, and all that is visible is the wire that holds them there. Ceramic braces are a popular choice because the material is strong and does the job of straightening your teeth effectively while also being minimally-visible.

 If you are an adult who needs braces, you should absolutely get them. The art of braces has come a long way, and there are methods and options out there for people who don’t want to have obtrusive, easy-to-see braces. Talk to your dentist for different options that could meet your needs best.  Having straight and healthy teeth is important for people of all ages, and you should not hesitate to take corrective action to improve your dental health.