Most people think of adolescents in regards to orthodontic treatment, but many adults seek teeth straightening, as well. Whether it is to improve the look of your smile or to correct problems with your alignment, there are many options for adult orthodontic treatment. [pullquote]Whether it is to improve the look of your smile or to correct problems with your alignment, there are many options for adult orthodontic treatment. [/pullquote]
Types of Orthodontic Treatment
The type of treatment you choose will depend upon the specific problems you have with your teeth and the recommendations of your dentist and orthodontist. Modern orthodontics offers options that are much less visible during your treatment, so if you’re concerned about wearing traditional braces because of the way they look, you can discuss other choices with your dentist. These include:
- Invisalign—clear plastic trays used to move your teeth into position
- Lingual braces—braces placed on the back, or lingual, side of the teeth
- Porcelain braces—brackets made of tooth-colored porcelain rather than metal
These approaches to teeth straightening can help you be less self-conscious about your smile as you are undergoing treatment. This can be particularly important to people who work extensively with the public or who work as performers.
Choosing Your Orthodontic Treatment
While lingual and porcelain braces work the same way as traditional metal braces, Invisalign uses a different system. Instead of braces and rubber bands to pull the teeth into position, this approach makes use of custom-made clear plastic trays that move your teeth a small distance at a time. The trays are practically invisible, and can be removed for short periods during your treatment.
The choice of what kind of treatment you use depends upon your preferences for your treatment as well as the type of problem you have with your teeth. Some types of alignment issues are better treated with traditional braces, while others can be treated successfully with Invisalign. Lingual braces can be used in many cases, but they have some limitations. They do not work well with patients who have small teeth or who have severe misalignment.
If you are in need of orthodontic treatment and would like more information about what approach is best for you, please contact the office of Dr. Lori Logan to schedule a consultation.