Starting braces as an adult can be a daunting task, but worry not! Our team at Lively & Napoli Orthodontics is here to reassure you that you can start them at any time. We can help you determine your options when it comes to the best type of braces for adults, how they can fit your personal dental goals, as well as the long-term benefits that come with straightening your teeth!
Why Start Braces As An Adult?
Enhance Your Smile
Nailing a first impression is difficult, but it can be made a little easier when you are happy with your smile! Accepting braces into your life for just a couple of years can positively impact the rest of your life. Others are more likely to perceive you as a kind and generous person when you grin at them with straight teeth. Your brighter smile allows you to feel more confident showing it off and be more likely to engage in social interactions.
The more you smile, the happier you can be, thus increasing your quality of life and encouraging a positive perception of the world around you. However, straight teeth are more than just about aesthetics. In fact, they influence your general health as well.
Improve Your Oral and General Health
With straightening your teeth, oral hygiene maintenance comes much easier and makes it easier to keep yourself healthy. When correctly aligned with braces, plaque is less likely to build up and hide small pieces of food stuck in your teeth. Being able to more effectively brush and floss your teeth each day lowers your chances of cavities and gum disease.
By allowing braces to fix the alignment of your teeth (and sometimes your jaw), you can help yourself prevent other more costly oral procedures down the line.
When your teeth suffer from an over- or underbite, you may encounter issues or pain while chewing. By investing in braces to fix this issue, you not only straighten your teeth but also allow your body to experience smoother digestion each day. Chewing your food with properly aligned teeth, you are able to bite them into smaller pieces. This allows for higher nutrition to be taken from your meals and alleviates stomach aches. When the pieces are too big, it may cause daily stomach issues and force your intestines to unnecessarily work twice as hard.
The Best Type of Braces For Adults
Invisalign Clear Aligners
A great option for adults looking to straighten their smile without the obvious appearance of braces, Invisalign clear aligners are a popular and effective alternative that uses a series of clear trays. These subtle, custom-made trays are worn for 20-22 hours per day and are switched out every other week as your teeth slowly begin shifting into position. Using 3-D graphics of your teeth, Lively & Napoli Orthodontics are able to predict how your teeth will move with each aligner and better manage your treatment.
Invisalign gives you slightly more freedom as a removable appliance. You don’t have to worry about food restrictions as you will have the trays out during meals. All you have to do is brush your teeth and aligners before putting them back in your mouth. Before you know it, you will see the difference in Invisalign promises, and your smile take shape!
Clear Ceramic Braces
Clear ceramic braces are a hybrid choice between Invisalign and traditional metal braces. They allow you the subtle, nearly invisible look of aligners paired with the tried-and-true effectiveness of conventional braces. The ceramic brackets are glued onto your teeth and connected together by an archwire. Clear braces work well for issues with overcrowding, bite issues, and crooked teeth.
Though a more costly option than metal braces, our team believes clear braces are an excellent choice for adults because they allow you to continue your everyday routines as normal as well as benefit from the aesthetics, making it almost impossible to notice you are getting treatment done.
Traditional Metal Braces
Still, one of the most popular treatment options done by Dr. Lively and Dr. Napoli, traditional metal braces continue to impress patients with their effectiveness and affordability, making them a reliable choice to achieve a healthy and straight smile. They apply gentle pressure on your teeth over a long period of time to shift them into the proper alignment. Made of multiple brackets, wires, and bands, this treatment is able to give you the smile you want!
They are well-known as being an affordable option that allows you to attain your smile goals without breaking the bank. More comfortable and modern than ever, metal braces have advanced far past what adults may remember learning about them as kids. More time is given back to you, with less time being spent at orthodontic visits for adjustments.
How Long Do Braces Take To Work?
Each treatment option takes a varied amount of time, depending on the work that needs to be done, your current oral health, and the treatment option you choose. On average, they can take between one to three years. Invisalign is known for being a faster option, though metal and ceramic braces are recommended for more complex cases.
Dr. Lively and Dr. Napoli will be able to walk you through each option and help you determine which is the best choice for you based on your orthodontic needs. No matter the length of treatment, the straight and healthy smile you end up with will be worth the wait. It will last you a lifetime!
It Is Never Too Late To Invest In Your Smile!
Our team believes it is never too late to begin your braces journey as an adult! Our team can help you correct any issues you have just as easily as we do with children. Nothing makes us happier than our patients ending treatment with a great big smile on their faces. If you are interested in beginning braces or Invisalign to straighten your smile, call our office in Stuart today at 772-287-3999 to schedule your free consultation!