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Feb
18

Adult Braces

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Adults make wonderful orthodontic patients because they are emotionally and financially vested in the care of their teeth and success of their orthodontic treatment. Unlike most children, adults are more motivated to complete their care in an efficient and appropriate manner, making them exceptional patients.

If you ask adults what their first concern with braces may be, it’s usually the appearance of how the braces will look on their teeth. Thankfully, advancements in orthodontic technology over the last decade have opened up a wide variety of orthodontic options for adults, allowing them to choose more aesthetically pleasing treatments.

Most adult patients choose from the following types of adult braces:

Clear Aligners

Clear alignment trays are similar in appearance to a custom made whitening tray or clear orthodontic retainer. The thin acrylic material works without wires or brackets and applies gentle pressure to the teeth in order to move them into a desirable position. Most people are unable to notice that you are wearing aligners if you choose this type of orthodontic treatment.

Clear Braces

Clear or tooth colored braces use brackets and wires, but the brackets are the same color as the teeth, causing them to blend in with your smile when you laugh or talk. Most people are unable to see that you are wearing braces unless they are extremely close. In casual conversation even clear braces are very low profile. This work well for orthodontic patients with more severe needs than what clear aligners can treat.

Lingual Braces

Similar to traditional metal braces, lingual braces place the brackets and wires on the tongue side of your teeth. They work in the same manner as traditional braces, but they are essentially “invisible” to people that you talk to, because they are hidden from view.

Posted on the behalf of Pure Dental Health

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