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You're Never Too Old for a Confident Smile: 3 Popular Orthodontic Treatments for Adults

Orthodontics isn’t just for kids anymore. Although the majority of orthodontic patients are still between the ages of 9 and 14, the number of adults seeing orthodontists has grown substantially over the last few years. 

Adults are shedding the stigma of braces and embracing the self-confidence and oral health benefits that they provide.

Despite the rise in adults getting orthodontic treatments, there are some differences between the care that children and adults need when it comes to straightening their teeth.

Looking to straighten your teeth as an adult? At Bayside Orthodontics, located in Bayside, New York, our orthodontic providers Dr. Inna Gellerman and Dr. Emanuel Mizrahi offer a wide range of orthodontic services that help you improve the appearance and function of your smile. In this blog, they discuss how orthodontia for adults works and along with three popular treatments.

Differences between adults and children

The core elements of orthodontic care stay the same no matter your age. Over time, teeth move in response to forces placed against them. Children and teens get braces because their jaws are still growing, and their bones do not have the same maturity and density as those of adults.

Adults are also more likely to have developed certain habits and conditions, like smoking, teeth grinding, tongue thrust, bone loss, and gum disease that make orthodontic care more difficult. 

Overall, adults can achieve the same results as children, it just sometimes takes a bit longer.

Conventional and ceramic braces

Conventional braces include metal brackets threaded with a thin archwire and rubber bands. The archwire is tightened every few weeks to pull your teeth into the correct position over time.

However, some adults recoil at the thought of having a mouth full of metal. That is where ceramic braces make a great alternative. These braces trade metal brackets for ceramic ones, which match the color of your teeth. Although more discreet and just as effective, ceramic braces usually cost more than their metal counterparts.

Lingual braces

Those truly dedicated to hiding their braces may want to opt for lingual braces, which attach to the back of the teeth instead of the front. Lingual braces are effective but come with more side effects than conventional braces. Their placement can bother your tongue and cause speech issues. The discretion lingual braces give you come at an extra monetary cost, and they typically require more care.

Invisalign ®

Invisalign aligners are best for adults with mild to moderate alignment issues. The aligners fit snugly over your teeth, and there is no metal or wiring involved. You simply upgrade your aligner as your teeth subtly shift. 

These aligners are more comfortable and don’t require the upkeep of braces. If you have a big gap, however, metal braces are typically the quicker, more impactful option.

To learn more about orthodontia for adults, book an appointment online or over the phone with Bayside Orthodontics today.

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