When you hear the word “braces,” you may picture a teenager. However, adults can also straighten their teeth with braces, as there’s no age limit for fixing misalignments.
Adults who have healthy gums and don’t suffer from gum disease can benefit from orthodontic treatment just like children and teenagers can.
Below, we asked our experts at iSmiles Kids Dentistry and Orthodontics to explain the different orthodontic treatment options available for adults. Read on to see which one is best for your misalignment and budget.
The most budget-friendly option, traditional braces are most likely the braces you picture in your mind when thinking about orthodontic treatments. They feature metal or porcelain brackets fixed on each tooth, archwires, and sometimes rubber bands.
Some people find traditional brackets to be the least visually-pleasing option, but many find the look of brackets on teeth endearing. In addition, traditional brackets work for all types of misalignments and usually provide the fastest route to a perfect smile.
One downside of traditional braces is having to be extra careful with brushing and flossing during the orthodontic treatment. If you’re not diligent, plaque can appear on the wires and brackets and increase your risk for cavities.
Invisalign is the best option for patients who have mild to moderate misalignments and a bigger budget, and those who want their braces to be unnoticeable.
Invisalign is a system that makes use of clear plastic trays that can be removed before eating or drinking. As a result, it’s easier to maintain your oral hygiene during the treatment, and there’s a lower risk of developing cavities.
This treatment also hurts less as there’s less pressure being put on each tooth when using plastic trays versus metal brackets.
Propel is a system used to speed up the process of straightening teeth. Instead of spending years wearing braces, you can cut that time in half by using this system compatible with both Invisalign and traditional braces.
Our staff uses a device to make tiny perforations in the gum supporting the teeth that need to be moved.
These perforations trigger an inflammatory response in the bone supporting the teeth. This causes bone cell breakdown and allows the teeth to move faster.
During the appointment, our staff will numb your gums, so you won’t feel any pain.
If you’ve always been a bit insecure about your smile, now there’s a solution for every budget and cosmetic concern. You can opt for invisible braces or traditional braces, depending on your preferences, and enjoy perfectly aligned teeth at the end of the treatment just like a child or teenager would.
Contact us to schedule an appointment at our office in Corona, California, or to learn more about our orthodontic solutions.