Adult orthodontic care is becoming more and more common among the US population. A significant reason for this shift in orthodontic care is because many adults couldn’t get access to orthodontic care as a child, and now they can afford it themselves. With so many different options available, many prospective patients ask what type of braces are best for their treatment needs.
Invisible braces such as those made by Invisalign are the most popular request among adult orthodontic patients. These braces are made of clear plastic and can be removed during the day for eating or oral hygiene practices. Their biggest benefit is that they’re not visible on your teeth when you’re talking, smiling, or laughing around other people.
Tooth colored braces offer traditional treatment techniques but with minimal visible impact. The brackets are smaller, blend in with the teeth, and don’t require colorful rubber bands to hold the alignment bands in place. They make it possible to significantly adjust teeth with more significant realignment needs.
Self-litigating braces help reduce discomfort during orthodontic care, because there is less friction and tension between the teeth. The alignment wire glides between the teeth instead of placing pressure on individual teeth, making the overall care process more comfortable than traditional metal braces.
Every person’s orthodontic choice is different. The best way to find out what types of braces are best for you is to visit with your dentist or orthodontist. Together you can discuss your individual needs, concerns, and how appropriate methods of treatments will be effective based on those factors. Orthodontic consultations are typically complementary for prospective patients, depending on whether or not dental radiographs are necessary. Call and schedule your consult today!
Posted on behalf of Dr. Hye Park
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