Adolescents as well as adults sometimes need braces to help better align their smile or correct issues in their bite pattern. For teenagers this is usually related to the alignment of permanent teeth after they have just emerged or the growth of their jaw.
In recent years adults have started wearing braces to help improve their smile or correct alignment issues with their teeth. Sometimes this is due to extractions and alignment issues. However some adults are embracing the idea of wearing braces for cosmetic reasons.
There are a couple of different options for you or your child to consider.
Traditional braces have visible metal brackets and wires. For cosmetic reasons they tend not to be popular with adults. Ceramic essentially are just traditional braces that have been covered with a porcelain-ceramic material that is color matched to their natural teeth.
Lingual braces are growing in popularity with adults for their cosmetic appeal. They are just like traditional braces except they are secured behind the teeth. The disadvantage of lingual braces is that they can sometimes be hard to clean.
Adults that are looking for minor cosmetic adjustment might prefer braces such as Invisalign and ClearCorrect . These aligners are made from a clear durable plastic. Most of the time casual observers rarely even notice you are wearing them.
For maximum effect and shortest duration of treatment, you will need to wear the aligners for around 22 hours each day. While you can drink normally, the aligners should be removed while eating. Every two weeks you will switch to a new set of aligners as your teeth gradually conform to your ideal placement. The average duration of treatment time varies but for most people it only takes six to eight weeks to meet their alignment goals.
If you have questions about what bite adjustment options are right for you, please call us at 626.579.4274 to schedule an appointment.