Adult braces are orthodontic appliances that correct crooked teeth, misaligned bites, and other spacing irregularities. Though adult braces are most often associated with teenagers, an increasing number of adults are choosing adult braces to straighten their smiles. In fact, the American Association of Orthodontists estimates that about one in five orthodontic patients today are adults.
How Do Adult Braces Work?
Adult braces, also known as clear braces, are a method of straightening teeth that are similar to traditional metal braces but they have clear or tooth-colored brackets and wires. Adult braces are custom-made to fit a patient’s mouth, which makes them more comfortable than metal braces. The low-profile brackets and wires are also less noticeable than metal braces. Clear braces are made of a plastic material called acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS).
What Are the Benefits of Adult Braces?
- Braces help patients keep their teeth clean by making it more difficult for food particles and bacteria to stick between teeth. This could mean fewer cavities, gum disease, and bad breath.
- Adults don’t always feel as confident as they’d like to be when it comes to their smiles. Braces can help patients regain their confidence and feel better about how they look.
- The adult teeth are designed to come together in a smooth, efficient way. When teeth don’t come together correctly, it can affect chewing function. If teeth are too crowded, they may rub against one another. This can cause discomfort and pain. An overbite or underbite can also cause difficulty with chewing. Braces correct these problems, so patients are able to eat with confidence.
- One of the most common problems our patients have with their teeth is poor alignment. This can cause speech to sound slurred or unclear. When you get braces, your teeth will be straightened, and you’ll be able to speak clearly.
How Long Do Clear Braces Need to Work?
The average treatment time for clear braces is between 12 and 24 months. However, the length of treatment time will vary depending on the patient and their orthodontic condition.
After your clear braces are placed, you will need to come back to your dentist for follow-up appointments. During these appointments, your dentist may make adjustments to your clear braces.
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