There are many adults who never had braces when they were younger, or there are some who had braces when they were younger, but didn’t wear their retainer regularly, which resulted in their teeth shifting. Whatever the case is, there are many reasons adults seek orthodontic treatment. When it comes to straightening teeth and improving your smile, we offer a wide range of treatments, such as traditional braces, Invisalign, and many other solutions. Everyone deserves a beautiful, healthy smile, and if you are able to receive orthodontic treatment now, then why not? At Rawle Orthodontics, our skilled orthodontist specializes in braces for adults and children. To learn more about the many effective treatments that we offer, feel free to contact our team today to schedule a consultation with an orthodontist!
Braces can do a lot more than just straighten teeth. In fact, they can line up your jaw and give you a better bite, space out crooked teeth, and close gaps in your smile. While a great appearance is a huge perk, braces improve your oral health as well. However, before committing to tooth correction, it is important to know what you’re getting into. At Rawle Orthodontics, we offer a wide range of braces that can be chosen based on cost, preference, appearance, the level of maintenance, severity, and much more. Whatever the case is, we can help you achieve a beautiful smile that you will love.
If you are interested in learning more about braces for adults, feel free to contact us today!
Types of Braces That We Offer
The great news about braces in this day and age is that they work better and are more comfortable than ever before. Braces are no longer a one-size-fits-all solution. Instead, you have many different options to choose from, including:
Traditional metal braces: These are known as being the most reliable form of orthodontic treatment.Traditional braces straighten teeth through a system of metal brackets, archwires, and elastic bands. The brackets adhere to the teeth using a special dental glue that keeps them in place. The archwires gently create a pressure that helps the teeth slide into their correct positions overtime.
Traditional braces get the job done, and do so extremely well, especially in cases of severe misalignment. If you have a more complex case, traditional braces provide great control for straightening teeth. Traditional braces also work quickly, and they are also more cost-effective, which is important if you are on a budget.
There are some known cons of traditional metal braces; however, they are manageable, There are some food restrictions, which means you should not eat taffy-like candy or gum, as well as hard or uncooked vegetables during treatment. Traditional braces also require the rubber bands to be changed every four-to-six weeks.
Partial braces: Partial braces are a great solution for patients who do not need a full set of braces, as they target specific teeth. For example, if you have straight, but gappy teeth; straight upper teeth, but crooked lower teeth; or one or two teeth with a cross bite, then partial braces may be an ideal solution for you.
Mini braces: Mini braces are very similar to traditional braces; however, they are smaller and have less metal. Because they are smaller, they are more comfortable to wear. Just like traditional braces, there are food restrictions and require appointments for rubber band changes.
Self-ligating braces: Self-ligating braces are one of the most advanced systems when it comes to braces. They are much like traditional braces; however, elastic, rubber bands, or metal ties are not present because they are not required for this particular appliance. Instead, special metal clips are used to hold the archwires to the brackets.
Ceramic braces: Ceramic braces are an orthodontic treatment that have clear brackets. This system is ideal for individuals who want to reduce the impact that braces have on their appearance, making them less visible than traditional braces.
Although the brackets are less visible, they are larger. In addition, ceramic braces are more fragile, therefore, it is important to be careful when eating.
Invisalign: Invisalign is a very popular alternative to traditional braces, as it allows orthodontists to straighten teeth without the use of metal braces. They are clear aligners that fit over the teeth, and don’t require traditional brackets or wires. The aligners are custom-made to fit each patient's teeth and are virtually invisible. About every two weeks, the patient throws out the old set of aligners and replaces it with a newer, straighter set. This allows the aligners to gradually move the teeth into straighter positions.
Invisalign aligners must be removed for brushing, flossing, and eating. Because they can be removed, there are no food restrictions throughout the Invisalign treatment. In addition, Invisalign aligners are highly durable.
The aligners must be removed and replaced regularly, which means that they require a lot of responsibility. The aligners need to be worn for at least 22 hours a day in order for them to take effect. In addition, Invisalign is only recommended for moderate cases. If you have severely misaligned teeth, traditional braces ultimately work better, more efficiently, and quicker. Lastly, Invisalign tends to be more costly compared to other orthodontic systems.
Learn More About Braces for Adults
If you are interested in learning about our highly effective treatment methods for improving your smile and oral health, feel free to contact us today. Our orthodontist specializes in braces for adults and can provide you with the best results possible. Call today!