Adult Teeth Straightening Options

Posted on: August 6, 2019

There are more adult teeth straightening options now than ever before. If you are unhappy with your smile, you can choose from one of the options. Go over your choices and select the one that is right for your smile. Then you will be one step closer to having straight teeth.

Options for a straighter smile

Adults can choose from both removable and attached straightening options. Invisalign is the most popular choice for removable teeth straightening. However, people have a variety of choices for attached devices. Patients can select from traditional metal braces, clear ceramic braces and lingual braces. Learn more about each of these adult teeth straightening options.

Clear aligners

Clear aligners such as Invisalign are a popular choice for adults who want straighter teeth. The plastic aligners are difficult to detect, so people do not have to worry about others knowing they are going through the teeth straightening process. These clear aligners can also be removed at any time. People can take them out to eat or play sports and then snap them back in.

Those who choose this option will receive custom-made aligners. Patients go back to the dentist to get the next aligner in the series. This continues until the teeth are straight. Patients can get faster results by wearing the aligners for at least 22 hours a day.

Traditional metal braces

Traditional metal braces are popular with children, but adults can also use this method for teeth straightening. Metal braces are powerful enough to fix extreme alignment issues, and they are much more comfortable than they used to be. However, many adults do not like traditional braces since the brackets stand out. Adults often prefer more discreet methods.

Clear ceramic braces

Clear ceramic braces work much like traditional metal braces, but the ceramic material is not very noticeable. Patients still have a silver wire, but the ligatures and brackets are tooth-colored. Some foods and drinks can stain the ligatures, but dentists typically change them at every appointment. Ceramic braces are not as durable as metal braces are, so patients should avoid eating hard foods that can crack the ceramic.

Lingual braces

Those who want the durability of metal braces but want to avoid the look can choose lingual braces. The metal brackets are placed behind the teeth instead of on the front. It is very difficult to see these braces, but some patients report discomfort. The tongue touches the brackets and wires, and that can create some soreness. Also, it is difficult to talk after first getting these braces. Most patients adjust to them, though.

Are you interested in adult teeth straightening?

If you want straighter teeth, you can choose from clear aligners, traditional metal braces, clear ceramic braces and lingual braces. Each option will straighten your teeth. Choosing between the options can be difficult. Talk to your dentist to find out which tooth straightening technique will provide you with the results you want.

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