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How Adult Braces Can Transform Your Life

Dr. Satish Pai - February 13, 2020 12:00 PM

It is a very common misconception that only kids canwear braces. There is no age limit to going for orthodontic treatment. You cango for corrective measures for teeth at any age provided that your gums andbones that support teeth are strong enough to handle the pressure applied tothem.
Today, a huge number of adults are opting for adultbraces, even after the age of 40. Yes, teeth straightening for adults is gaining popularity and many have seen some brilliantresults, thanks to adult orthodontics. So, if you think it’s too late, youmight want to reconsider your options.
But, before you make a decision, you must understandmore about orthodontic treatment. So, let’s begin with understanding the typesof braces.  
MetalBraces
·       Alsoknown as traditional braces, metal braces consist of metal brackets with a metalor rubber wire going through them.
·       Theyare the most effective at treating extremely overcrowded and crooked teeth.
·       Theyare the most cost-effective option for teeth straightening and alignment.
CeramicBraces
·       Alsoknown as clear braces, ceramic braces are similar to metal braces. The bracketsare made from tooth-colored ceramic material and are connected through coloredrubber wires.
·       Ceramicbraces are less painful and also less visible than traditional metal braces.
·       Theyare very durable but a little more expensive than metal braces.
LingualBraces
·       Lingualbraces have components the same as traditional braces. But the difference isthat the brackets are bonded to the back of the teeth, making them nearlyinvisible.
·       Lingualbraces may not be perfect for everyone. For example, people with deep overbitesmay face problems with lingual braces.
·       Lingualbraces are costlier than conventional braces and can be more painful in complexteeth straightening cases.
InvisalignAligners
·       Invisalignare clear, plastic trays that are custom-made for your bite. The treatmentinvolves wearing a series of trays, as your teeth shift until all your teethare aligned.
·       Invisaligntreatment is the costliest compared to other teeth straightening methods.
·       Thoughexpensive, Invisalign treatment is considered to work faster than otherconventional methods.  
TheBenefits of Getting Braces
BoostSelf Confidence – Many people lack the confidence to smileear to ear because of crooked and overlapped teeth. And, teeth straighteninghelps them get a straight and beautiful smile which automatically restorestheir confidence.
PreventsGum Problems – When teeth overlap, small and tight spacesare created in between them where food particles easily get trapped. And if notcleaned after every meal, these food particles lead to plaque buildup andeventually serious gum problems such as periodontitis. By getting teethstraightened, you can eliminate plaque buildup as well as the risk of gumdiseases.
PreventsErosion of Jawbone – Due to misaligned teeth and plaquebuildup, bacteria start eating away at the bones resulting in erosion. Withstraight teeth, you can avoid this problem.
ImproveYour Speech – When teeth are misaligned, they affect yourspeech which may cause frustration and embarrassment. But when teethpositioning is adjusted, you get clearer and more professional speech.
DecreasedRisk of Tooth Injury – If a tooth sticks out due toovercrowding, it is very likely to get damaged if you meet with an accident. Bycorrecting their alignment, you can reduce this risk to a huge extent.
Teeth straightening treatment has been a blessing forus. So, don’t fret. Talk to your orthodontist and discuss together how you canmake your orthodontic treatment convenient yet effective.
Creatingperfect smiles is what Dr. Satish Pai is committed to. An orthodontist byprofession, he believes that a perfect smile is a powerful part of a person’spersonality. When he is not working hard on perfecting his patients’ smiles atPutnam Ortho, he is busy writing engaging articles about everything related tohealthy and perfect smiles.

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