It’s not uncommon for children to need braces for a period of time to help adjust their smile and bite pattern as their jaw continues to grow. In recent years, more and more adults have started wearing braces to help improve their smile or correct alignment issues with their teeth.
For cosmetic reasons, traditional braces with visible metal brackets and wires are less popular with adults. Some adults will choose ceramic braces as they can be matched to the color of their natural teeth. Keep in mind that you will need to stop any tooth-whitening regimen while wearing ceramic braces as the enamel under the brackets will not be exposed to the whitening agent.
Lingual braces are growing in popularity with adults for their cosmetic appeal. They are just like traditional braces except they are secured behind the teeth. The disadvantage of lingual braces is that they can sometimes be hard to clean.
For adults who are looking for minor cosmetic adjustments, clear braces, such as Invisalign® and ClearCorrect®, have been growing in popularity. These aligners are made from a clear, durable plastic. In most cases, the casual observer can rarely even notice you are wearing them.
Every two weeks you will switch to a new set of aligners as your teeth gradually conform to your ideal placement. Ideally, you will need to wear the aligners for 20 to 22 hours each day.
If you have questions about what bite adjustment options are right for you, please call us at 407-293-3002 to schedule an appointment.