What You Need to Know About Braces for Adults

Many people require braces well into their adult years and, in fact, orthodontic treatment may be necessary at any age. Seeing an orthodontist can help give you the smile you've always wanted, but many adults living in Surrey and the surrounding area are reluctant to look into teeth straightening treatments because of cosmetic concerns.
The good news is that orthodontics has come a long way in the past decade, and the options available today are much more aesthetically appealing than they used to be. Let's take a look at some teeth straightening options for adults.

Traditional Metal Braces
When most people think of braces they think of the metal brackets that they remember wearing or seeing on their peers as children. Metal braces are still widely used, but are today much smaller and therefore much less noticeable than in the past.

Ceramic or Plastic Braces
Two good options for the more aesthetically concerned are either clear plastic brackets or white ceramic brackets. However, ceramic and plastic braces can become stained from eating too many staining foods, and so they do require some extra care.

The very best choice for those concerned with straightening their teeth in the most inconspicuous way possible is known as Invisalign. Invisalign treatment consists of a series of clear, plastic, mouth guard-like aligners that are virtually invisible when worn. The aligners are switched out every few weeks as they slowly straighten your teeth over time.

Invisalign is a good treatment option for many different orthodontic conditions. It can be used to adjust gapped teeth, mild overcrowding, crossbite, overbite, underbite, and open bite. However, it is generally not the go-to option for teeth that are severely overcrowded, too rotated, or protruding from the gums at different heights. In these cases your dentist will likely recommend the options above.

Finding the Right Braces for You in Langley, BC
Amazing Smile is a dental clinic that proudly serves the communities of Langley, Cloverdale, Clayton Heights, and other nearby areas. Our skilled orthodontists can provide you with all the information you need about teeth straightening solutions, and help you figure out if Invisalign is right for you. Give us a call or come see us today and we can get you started on the path to your perfect smile.
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