What do you think about when you hear the word ‘braces’? Probably, an awkward teenager with a metal-wired mouth. But is teeth straightening only exclusive to teenagers? The answer is absolutely a ‘no’.
Even adults can choose to have their teeth straightened. However, the thought of people gaping at their metal-wired mouth and passing mockery refrains people from undergoing teeth straightening. Also, one becomes hyper self-conscious while interacting with their colleagues and clients as they might feel that they are being judged because of their braces. Besides, our busy schedules make it difficult to find time for the monthly/ bi-monthly appointments. And the fact that you have to figure out a way to fund your teeth straightening treatment, might be something that makes it all the more difficult.
But, there are so many advanced options available for adults to straighten their teeth without compromising their social or professional life or their budget. Now, they can finally do away with all the dental issues like underbite, overjet or misaligned teeth and bring their confidence back. Here’s a list of all the options available for you or your adult for achieving that picture-perfect smile you always dreamt of:
1) Metal Braces
Metal braces are the oldest in the industry of braces. These consist of metal brackets and archwires. Metal brackets are stuck on your teeth and an archwire is put in through the slots in the brackets. Metal braces apply pressure on your teeth by joining them and using certain teeth as anchors. These anchors pull the other teeth in alignment as well.
If you were nervous of undergoing your treatment because of severe issues with your teeth then you don’t have to be worried anymore because metal braces are successful in treating even very critical cases. However, metal braces can cause a lot of pain and discomfort due to their abrasive material. Also, they are the most noticeable type of braces.
2) Ceramic Braces
Ceramic braces are similar to metal braces in structure but are made up from tooth-coloured or clear ceramic or porcelain material. These braces are for all the adults who want to escape a metal mouth as these are far less noticeable than metal braces. To make them even more unnoticeable, you can even choose to have the wires of your tooth colour. At the same time, ceramic braces cause less pain than metal braces.
However, ceramic braces are much more expensive than most of the other types of braces and can only treat mild to moderate issues of your teeth. Also, these braces have porous material which can stain your teeth if worn for a longer period of time.
3) Self-Ligating Braces
In self-ligating braces, the elastics of the braces are replaced with a movable archwire. These are the most aesthetic types of braces. They are further classified into two types: Active Self-Ligating Braces and Passive Self-Ligating Braces. The active ones form a wire bracket interaction by pressing a clip on the archwire. On the other hand, the passive one has a door which does not apply pressure when closed.
Self-Ligating braces are for those who want to be away from any bacteria or tooth decay in their mouth. Self-ligating braces are much easier to clean and reduce the number of dental visits. But, you are obliged to follow certain food restrictions in order to avoid tooth decays. Also, be ready to face cavities and gum problems if you are not a fan of following good oral hygiene routines.
4) Lingual Braces
‘Hidden Braces’ as they are popularly known, are nothing but dental braces on the inside of the teeth. They are only visible if you open your mouth wide open. This is possible because they do not appear on the buccal side of your teeth, which is the most visible part of your mouth. All those adults who don’t even want a hint of any teeth straightening device in their mouth, here’s your saviour!
However, lingual braces cost a fortune, proving to be the most expensive type of braces. Also, these might irritate or sore your dental organs eventually.
5) Invisible Braces
Invisible braces or invisible aligners are transparent plastic forms of braces used to adjust teeth by applying small amounts of pressure. The teeth are moved naturally with a series of invisible aligners wherein each aligner is slightly more symmetrical than the previous one. After wearing your aligners for a few days, you won’t even feel the pressure indicating a change in the set of trays. However, the aligners are to be changed only after two weeks to prevent the teeth from returning to their original positions. The best feature of invisible braces is that you can remove them while eating and drinking. This makes it easier to maintain good oral hygiene routines and avoid stains. Sometimes, invisible braces are not even visible from a close view and you yourself might not feel them because they are quite comfortable and they do not even pain much.
Nowadays, a popular option among adults is doing at-home teeth straightening treatments. This is the most comfortable, convenient and affordable option for teeth straightening. We at Straight My Teeth give you an option to even do your impressions at home. But, if you choose, you can also visit our Ashford Smile Studio if you seek personal care. This is the best option for all the busy adults who want to save their time by eliminating dental visits.
Although the effective aspects of invisible braces may make you assume that they would be pretty much expensive, it is not really true. Especially, if you choose the correct plan and insurance policies. We at Straight My Teeth take pride in offering our at-home teeth straightening service an affordable price of £999. Apart from that, we also have a special payment plan which consists of 12 monthly instalments of £67 with a downpayment of £295 (total £1099).
Which are the best braces for adults?
Braces are, without doubt, even effective for adults. You just need to choose the right type of braces for your teeth according to your lifestyle & preferences . However, at-home invisible braces treatments are the most recommended for adults as they help you to undergo your treatment without anyone even noticing it. They are also the most cost-effective type of braces and usually suitable for everyone. At-home invisible braces are the jack-of-all-trades in the industry of braces and thus it proves to be the most optimum option available for adults.