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Do Adults Have Teeth Straightening Treatments?
Many people want to have a teeth straightening treatment. Poorly aligned teeth can affect your smile, and they can also make you more vulnerable to tooth decay and gum disease. Misaligned teeth are more challenging to keep clean because they sometimes overlap. That creates spots where bacteria and food particles can accumulate. Misaligned teeth can also lead to speech problems and difficulty chewing food.
Popular teeth straightening options for adults
Dentists have various ways to go about straightening the teeth of adults. Popular options include the following.
1. Metal braces
Braces work by applying constant force on the patient’s teeth, gradually improving their alignment over time. The force is created by cementing metal brackets on the patient’s teeth and connecting the brackets on each dental arch with metal wires. The tighter these wires are, the greater the force applied to the patient’s teeth.
The dentist will adjust the tightness of the wires several times throughout the patient’s treatment. Treatments time with braces can be anywhere between 12 to 36 months.
The main drawback associated with metal braces is the poor aesthetics that they have. It is impossible to miss the metal appliances on the patient’s teeth. Most adults would rather not have to deal with that.
2. Ceramic braces
Ceramic braces are subtler versions of metal braces. They have the same components, but the highly visible metallic brackets and wires are replaced with tooth-colored versions. This makes it harder to notice ceramic braces on a person’s teeth. Ceramic braces can be used to treat many of the same issues that metal braces are used for, but they are not as durable.
3. Clear aligners
Clear aligners are arguably among the most popular ways for adults to straighten their teeth. It involves improving the alignment of the patient’s teeth with transparent plastic trays that are virtually impossible to notice in the patient’s mouth.
Unlike braces, which are fixed in place, clear aligners are removable, making treatment with them more convenient for the patient. Instead of trying to figure out how to navigate around brackets and wires when eating or cleaning teeth, patients who opt for clear aligners can simply remove their mouth trays. The aligners need to be worn for about 22 hours daily for treatment to be effective, so they should only come out for meals and oral hygiene.
Treatment with clear aligners starts with the patient getting multiple pairs of aligner trays. Each set is worn for around two weeks. Then it is replaced with another set further down in the series. The patient’s teeth should be properly aligned when they are done with all their aligner trays.
Straighten your smile
Are you interested in adult teeth straightening treatments? Give us a call or visit our Tavares clinic to set up an appointment with our dentist.
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