Popularity Among Adults
Braces are usually something that people associate with childhood. But straight smiles are trending no matter your age! According to the American Association of Orthodontists, the number of adult patients increased 14% over a two year period, to a record high of 1,225,850 patients ages 18 and older. If brightly colored rubber bands and metal brackets are not your style, don’t give up! There is an impressive list of treatment modalities that may be right for you.
Traditional Metal Braces
Metal brackets and wires are the most noticeable, but they are usually the most affordable. They tend to be a popular choice for children because there is no fear of losing or forgetting to wear removable aligners.
Similar in form to traditional metal braces, ceramic braces are slightly less noticeable because the brackets and wires are similar in color to your teeth. Ceramic braces tend to be more expensive, but for teens or adults who don’t want to wear aligners, this option can be more pleasing to the eye.
Metal brackets and wires attached to the back of the teeth are called lingual braces. They are not noticeable when you smile or talk, but they can be harder to keep clean. Plus, some find it challenging for the mouth and tongue to adjust to the hardware.
Another metal braces option, self-litigating braces have no ligatures (small rubber bands that go around the brackets). Special brackets are used instead that aid with tooth movement. The benefits of this option include less doctor visits, potentially less pain and some people find them easier to clean.
Rising in popularity, many adults and teens are gravitating toward clear aligners. Of course, you must be extremely regimented and make sure that you are wearing your trays as prescribed by your doctor. It is also essential that trays are well seated to your teeth to achieve the programmed results. Aligner seaters, like the VPro™ high frequency vibration device, help ensure that the trays remain well seated throughout treatment.
Orthodontic technology is quickly evolving, producing differing options to appeal to more patients. Every treatment option is not right for every patient so always consult your orthodontist to get expert advice on how to achieve your desired smile.