Orthodontics involves the use of corrective appliances, including braces and retainers, to straighten crooked teeth and repair an irregular bite. Since the introduction of new clear and “invisible” braces, orthodontic treatment has gone from something reserved for children and teenagers to an option for adults seeking to repair long standing dental issues.
Teeth are aligned with braces by applying constant pressure in a desired direction. The pressure is adjusted at prescribed intervals over the course of the orthodontic treatment, which can last from one to three years or longer depending on the severity of the patient’s case. There are several types of orthodontic braces available to consumers, including the traditional metal braces and new clear braces.
Several orthodontic treatments are now available to offer adult patients who wish to straighten their teeth without using traditional metal braces. From “instant orthodontics” with porcelain veneers to invisible braces, these new methods allow adults to transform their smile quickly and discreetly.
Invisalign® is a new orthodontic treatment that gradually straightens teeth through the use of custom-fitted plastic aligners. These aligners are worn 24 hours a day except for eating. Because they are “invisible” in the mouth, invisalign® aligners have become the most popular orthodontic treatment option for adults with crooked teeth.
Invisalign® is not the treatment of choice for all adult orthodontic problems. It is designed for less severe orthodontic issues. (Ask one of the healthcare professionals if this is an option for you.)
Orthodontic treatment can straighten teeth and correct a misaligned bite, but in some cases, it can take several years to achieve the end result. Before beginning treatment, it is important to investigate your options and speak with our dentists to find out which orthodontics solution is best for you.