Finding The Right Adult Braces For You: Our Practical Guide

If you had braces as a teenager or know somebody else who did, you will probably be glad to hear that orthodontic treatments and technology have improved a great deal since then. Today, there are several options available for adult braces with a range of clear, invisible and removable options that make wearing braces easier to bear for the several years that many people have to wear them to get the results that they want. If you have a crooked tooth that has been bothering you for a while or you have an overcrowded mouth that you want to fix, finding the right type of adult braces for you has never been easier. We’ve put together a handy guide on the different types of adult braces available, to help you go about choosing the right option for your needs. 

If You Need a Lot of Work:

The type of braces that will be best for you will depend on the amount of work that needs doing in order to get the smile that you want. If your teeth have never been straightened before and they are quite overcrowded and crooked, fixed metal braces are probably going to be your best option, as they are usually the most effective in fixing serious misalignment and getting the desired results. However, that being said, needing fixed braces doesn’t mean that you need to resign yourself to a mouth full of metal for the next few years. 

You can now get clear braces with ceramic rather than metal fixings and clear wire that are harder to make out in your mouth in photos and for people who aren’t standing right in front of you at the time. If you want to get the results offered by fixed braces but feel self-conscious about having them in your mouth, clear fixed braces could be the perfect alternative, as they work in the exact same way without being quite as obvious. 

One or Two Crooked Teeth:

If your teeth are mostly straight, but you have the odd one that missed the memo and is overlapping another tooth or sticking out a little bit, the good news is that you might not need a fixed metal or ceramic brace to align them. Today, you can get removable braces that are usually worn during the night or throughout the day when you’re not eating or brushing your teeth to straighten your teeth. The fact that you can remove these braces makes them ideal for anybody who would feel self-conscious about having noticeable braces in their mouth, as you can take them out for social events, important work functions, or anywhere else where you want to look as professional as possible. 

Night time clear aligners are usually best for people who only want to straighten one or two teeth, although they can be used to fix more serious misalignment in some cases. The best thing to do is speak to an orthodontist who can help you decide. You can find night time clear aligners available from ALIGNERCO, an orthodontic company dedicated to helping you find the right way of straightening your teeth – visit the page to compare the difference between clear braces and wire braces. Book a consultation today to discover which ones are right for you. 

Out of Sight, Out of Mind:

If you really don’t want your braces to be noticeable to anybody but have a lot of work to be fixed, there’s another option to consider – lingual braces that are hidden away by fixing them to the back rather than the front of your teeth. These braces are ideal for anybody with serious misalignment or overcrowding to correct, but without being obvious at all. Speak to an orthodontist if you would like to try this kind of brace, as it is not always suitable for everybody. For example, if you have an overbite, this will usually need to be corrected before you can have braces fitted to behind your teeth as they may obstruct you from closing your mouth. You can usually have an overbite corrected using a metal brace that is fitted to the front of your teeth, and wires that are attached to it to correct the position of your jaw gradually. Once this is done, you might be able to switch to braces behind the teeth if your orthodontist approves. 

Will I Need Extractions?

Whether or not you will need to have teeth extracted in order for the braces to have the desired result will depend on a number of factors, including how crowded your mouth is and whether or not the teeth will be able to move into place easily. If you have serious overcrowding, it’s likely that you will need at least one or two teeth removed for the brace to work. Otherwise, you will run the risk of your teeth moving outwards and sticking out once they are straight. Your orthodontist will be able to advise about any extractions before you have the braces fitted, and this will need to be done by your dentist before you can start any alignment work. If you only have a slight amount of crookedness and only want to correct one or two misaligned teeth, it’s less likely that you will need to have an extraction. 

Looking After Your Teeth With a Brace:

Once your braces have been fitted, your orthodontist will provide you with detailed instructions on how to care for them and keep them in the best condition while wearing your brace. You should keep up with your regular dental checkups and keep on top of your regular dental hygiene routine while paying more attention when brushing to reach areas that are harder to reach if you are wearing a fixed brace. If you’re wearing ceramic braces, be careful to avoid foods and beverages that could easily stain them, such as curry or coffee. You’ll also need to avoid eating some crunchy and chewy foods that could snap your brace wire. It’s easier to take care of your teeth with a removable brace since you can simply take it off to keep your teeth clean and when eating. 

Keeping Your Teeth Straight After Removal:

Once your braces have been removed and you’ve finally got the straight teeth that you’ve always wanted, bear in mind that the work doesn’t usually stop there. Your teeth may move back to their original position after the braces are no longer holding them in place, although it’s unlikely that they will go back to exactly how they were, especially if you have had teeth extracted to make the room or have had your teeth reshaped by filing. To keep your straight teeth, your orthodontist will take a mould of them, which will be used to make a clear plastic retainer for you to wear at night. In most cases, you will be required to wear your retainer each night for the rest of your life, although you may be able to get away with wearing it less often after the first few years. Your retainer will help to keep your teeth in their new position as you sleep and prevent them from naturally moving back. 

If you have always wanted straighter teeth, there are plenty of adult brace options to choose from. 

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