As an adult looking to have a beautiful smile, the choice of appliance will depend on what concerns you have with your smile, the type of bite correction needed, and what you feel comfortable wearing.
Generally speaking, braces can still treat a wider range of bite conditions more effectively than clear aligners. Occasionally, for adult orthodontic treatment we combine this to obtain the benefits of the greater comfort with clear aligners and the predictability with braces.
Other appliance options range from clear outside braces, hidden braces attached behind your teeth or clear removable aligners like Invisalign. At this time, the jaw is fully grown and if there are differences in the jaw sizes, the options available include straightening the teeth only or jaw surgery.
Orthodontics has changed and increased in popularity over the last 10 years. There are newer and effective ways to straighten teeth that are much less noticeable. The most common form of this are clear aligners.
If clear aligners are not suitable, there are also custom orthodontic braces designed to fit your teeth and robotically bent wires to allow for a quicker treatment time. These can include outside braces, or inside hidden braces like Incognito.
So, a new smile as an adult means you are still able to keep all your teeth in their nature shape and avoid or minimise any permanent damage.
Some adults think they are too old to have this done, for reasons that they don’t think their teeth can move or they feel they are too old for wearing braces.
Adult teeth may take a month or two longer initially to start moving. Closing spaces may be slower or be done differently. Beyond that, there is no difference between teen and adult treatment. It is important you see an orthodontist before starting orthodontic treatment, who can verify this to you.
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