A Guide to Having Braces as an Adult
As orthodontic technology has advanced, braces have become increasingly popular for adults wanting to straighten their teeth later in life. With a wider range of orthodontic options to fit in with your lifestyle, there’s no better time to get that perfect smile that you have always dreamed of.
At Tony Weir Orthodontics , we understand that as an adult, the thought of wearing braces can be daunting. But you may not be aware of the discreet or clear aligners that are available with modern orthodontics. Let’s look at some of these treatment solutions for adults wanting to straighten their teeth, with 3 of the most effective and popular options for braces.
Traditional Braces – Effective Teeth Straightening
When most adults think about braces, they’ll visualise a type of orthodontic treatment that uses metal brackets and wire to pull teeth back into place. These are traditional braces , which are still an incredibly effective orthodontic device for misaligned or crooked teeth.
Traditional braces are a suitable treatment option for anyone over the age of 7, the age when most children will have all their permanent teeth.
Invisalign – Invisible, Discreet Teeth Straightening
Adults also have the option of choosing invisible braces such as Invisalign, which differ greatly in appearance and use from traditional braces. Instead of wire and metal brackets, the Invisalign solution uses a series of clear removable orthodontic aligners that fit over the teeth, somewhat similar to a mouthguard.
The benefits of choosing Invisalign to straighten your teeth include:
- A discreet, invisible alternative to metal braces
- Less painful than traditional braces
- You can remove them whenever you need to
- Less trips to the orthodontist
- Invisalign technology allows you to see results before you start
Lingual Braces – Attached to the Back of Your Teeth
Lingual braces are also an alternative to traditional braces, using the same system of brackets and wires but attached to the back of your teeth instead of the front. Lingual braces are invisible most of the time. This makes them an attractive solution for adults who are looking to straighten their teeth but are self-conscious about the look of visible braces.
Lingual braces also have less of an impact on your appearance overall, as they don’t affect the natural contour of your lips. With a treatment time that is the same or faster compared to traditional braces, lingual braces are a very good option for those wanting the results of regular braces without any impact on their work or social life.
Book Your Consultation with Brisbane’s Best Orthodontist
If you regret not having your teeth straightened as a child or teenager, it’s not too late to take the initiative and do it yourself. Take a look at our smile gallery to see the amazing results braces have brought to some of our patients and schedule an appointment with an experienced orthodontist to get started on your straighter smile.
At Tony Weir Orthodontics we are specialists in a range of orthodontic treatments for adults, including traditional braces , lingual braces and invisible braces . If you’re interested in finding out more about straightening your teeth, call us on 07 3278 1492 or contact us online .