In this post, our Barrie dentists talk about different orthodontic treatment options that may be available for adult patients who are looking to achieve a healthier, straighter smile.
Why Some Adults Require Orthodontic Treatment
Various oral health issues can be caused by teeth that are improperly positioned or crowded in your mouth.
This can impact speech and jaw function. It may also result in uneven wear on your teeth. Misaligned teeth can also impact oral hygiene since properly aligned teeth are fairly easy to clean with normal brushing and flossing.
But a misalignment may cause the teeth to overlap, causing debris from food and bacteria to get stuck in places that your toothbrush and floss can’t easily reach. This can result in tooth decay and eventual gum disease.
Aesthetically, misaligned teeth may cause cosmetic issues and feelings of insecurity in appearance – causing some people to avoid activities such as public speaking or smiling for family pictures, or even eating in public.
As you might imagine, these issues can affect the quality of your life, so orthodontic treatment may be highly beneficial.
Orthodontic Options That Are Low Profile For Adults
One reason adults often give for not seeking orthodontic treatment is that they are concerned about the aesthetics or appearance of braces. Thankfully, dental and orthodontic technology has come a long way.
Many convenient and discreet orthodontic treatment options may be available for adult patients to choose from, depending on their needs. Each of these treatment methods has its advantages and disadvantages.
Some patients may be candidates for clear aligners – clear, custom-made plastic aligners that are difficult for the average observer to tell that you’re wearing. They gradually move the teeth into prescribed positions with gentle, continual pressure over the course of treatment - without the need for metal brackets or wires.
One key benefit of clear aligners is that they are removable, allowing you to drink, eat, brush and floss as you normally would. And whether you wear them to work, at events, or out on the town, their combined transparency and convenience make them an attractive treatment option. For many people, they fit comfortably into their everyday lifestyle.
However, you’ll have to make sure to wear the aligners for 22 hours per day for the treatment to be successful – and that requires a significant amount of self-discipline. You must also remember to switch aligner sets when appropriate, and schedule meal and eating times.
Because of the advancements made in orthodontic technology, adult braces have become a more viable option for those who may not be candidates for clear aligners, or who may prefer braces.
Metal braces are now less obtrusive and much more comfortable than they once were due to improvements in design. Consisting of brackets, wires, and elastic bands, the parts work together to apply calibrated force to your teeth, gradually shifting them over time.
Braces can be used to treat either complex or simple malocclusion and misalignment issues. They are fixed appliances, so while you can’t take them out to brush, floss, eat or drink, you also won’t have to worry about timing your meals and snack times, or forgetting to switch your aligners or put them back in.
Financing Orthodontic Treatments
If you are worried about the cost of adult braces, clear aligners, or other orthodontic treatment methods, talk to your dentist or orthodontist. They may have financing options or payment plans available.