Do you believe dental braces are just for adolescents and teenagers? You would be surprised to understand that nearly one in five American adults are choosing to get braces or alternative teeth straightening treatment according to the American Association of Orthodontists.
It was earlier believed that adults could not or should not have braces in their mouths because you were telling everyone around you about the problems with your teeth when you chose to have the issues corrected. Moreover, the braces made your mouth look ungainly because of the wires and brackets that were attached to your teeth. It prevented you from smiling before everyone and also imposed dietary restrictions upon you. Unfortunately, if you had crooked, misaligned, or teeth with gaps the only option available earlier was to contact a dentist or an orthodontist to rectify the problems in your mouth or prefer to live with them forever.
Dramatic changes have been seen over the last few years as more adults are becoming conscious about their smiles and increasingly contacting dentists for recommendations about the types of braces they can use for straightening their teeth. If you are in a similar position you should not be concerned about the types of braces that are presently available. Unlike in the past when metal braces were the only option orthodontics has also evolved to provide you with multiple options for straightening your teeth. Therefore you can confidently approach your dentist for a recommendation and begin correcting the problems in your mouth to improve your appearance and smile.
Let us look at some of the options that are presently available to you for straightening your teeth.
Conventional braces are the most inexpensive variety for adults and are available in stainless steel versions. These metal braces are highly effective and will be recommended if the issues in your mouth are complex. They, however, have some drawbacks when wearing them because they are visible to all and sundry. Metal braces hold a thin wire in place with rubber bands for putting pressure on the teeth to move them to the desired place.
Metal braces despite being recommended for their effectiveness can irritate the cheek and gums during the initial stages. After you have them in your mouth you must be careful with what you eat and avoid foods that can stick to the brackets such as chewing gum and caramel. You must also stay away from eating hard foods that can move or dislodge the braces. Metal braces can set you back by about $ 5300.
Ceramic braces or more expensive than metal braces but they have a natural appearance and will blend with the teeth making them less visible. The braces are held in place with clear elastic ties or white metal ties.
Ceramic braces will not stain but the ties can discolor especially if you are consuming foods and beverages. The orthodontist you are visiting will change the ties every time the braces are adjusted. Ceramic braces are sensitive and can break or chip easily. They also require more time for the installation than metal braces and will set you back by approximately $ 4500 for the treatment.
If you opt for lingual braces you are choosing a variety that is customized to bond and hides behind your teeth to remain out of sight. These cost more than metal or ceramic braces because of the complicated nature of installing them. You will need to visit a skilled orthodontist for the installation by making proper inquiries because not every orthodontist is capable of accomplishing this task.
Lingual braces are not suitable for small teeth and get in the way of the tongue causing problems with speech and injuries. Besides learning how to speak with lingual braces you must also be prepared to shell out $ 5000-$ 13,000 for the treatment.
Invisible braces such as Invisalign are the most expensive because they are virtually invisible. These clear braces will be suitable for you if you do not have significant problems with your teeth. They do not advertise your orthodontic treatment to everyone and require fewer visits to the dentist because the treatment can be completed faster. The cost of invisible braces is in the region of $ 3100-$ 8500 but are the best option if you have minor alignment issues.
If you want to have your teeth straightened and also have access to multiple alternatives it is suggested that you visit the Oshawa dentist at Harmony Dental Care that can offer you any one of the options mentioned above for straightening your teeth.