Adult Teeth Straightening; Traditional Braces or an Invisible Treatment?

Getting braces as a teenager to correct teeth is a no-brainer. However, not all students are in the position to afford such items. For this reason, many adults now find themselves in a financial position to pay for teeth straightening treatment, however, consider it a young person’s game and ignore their options.

If this sounds like you, then stop putting off improving your smile! Below is some general information to get you started on your decision to get braces and which option is best suited to you.

Traditional Braces

The process behind braces hasn’t changed since their use became mainstream decades ago. Braces are small metal brackets individually attached to each tooth. Once attached, a thin piece of wire is threaded through a purpose-designed space on the front of each bracket.

When the archwire is made, it is made to be a perfect smile arch shape and is made at high temperatures. At room temperature, this metal piece of wire, known as an archwire, is very flexible, allowing the Orthodontist to thread it and manipulate it easily around your mouth and teeth. However, once this archwire is heated up your mouth’s increased temperature, it starts to return to its original shape, pulling and moving your teeth in the process.

Invisalign/Mouthguards

One of the primary reasons for adults not wanting to correct their teeth alignment is because of how traditional braces look. While adult braces are very much a mainstream item, the old visions of a mouth full of metal attached to headgear turn most people off.

Knowing this, a new technique was created. Using a system such as Invisalign, your Orthodontist will take a mold of your teeth. In a lab, an engineer will create a new smile for you, and work out which of your teeth need to move in what direction and at what time to achieve the results.

With this plan, the engineer creates a set of mouthguards. Each mouthguard is designed to fit firmly over your existing teeth and smile while applying pressure to individual teeth. Each fortnight, you change the mouthguard until you arrive at your final results.

The benefit of this option is that the mouthguards are entirely invisible and do not need to be taken out. This means that a wearer can go about their normal daily life without any cosmetic changes or impact to their lives.

Timing

No matter which option you choose, when it comes to your teeth, changing your style isn’t as easy as visiting the Groupon Coupons page for Oakley and picking up a pair of new-season sunglasses. Each option will take at least 12 months, with the likely treatment time being closer to the 18-month mark. The reason for this length of treatment is to allow your teeth enough time to set into into their new position. After all, they’ve been in their current position for a long time now and have become quite comfortable.

If you have been putting off correcting your smile as an adult, the best time to act is now! While it may seem like you will have a lot of discomfort for  12-18 months, you will have a healthy natural smile for the rest of your life!