Braces for Adults
Are you interested in straightening your teeth and improving your smile? If so, you can get professional help from Harris Orthodontics. Our team handles braces for adults, providing you with both traditional and cutting-edge treatment options.
You can discuss the best strategies for handling crooked teeth, an underbite, and other issues by contacting us!
Consider Your Options to Improve Your Smile with Braces
You may be worried that won’t benefit from braces. You may feel like you waited too long to address your oral health concerns, but the truth is, braces for adults work.
Adult braces work to straighten your teeth and handle other orthodontic issues. However, you can expect braces to take longer to have an effect if you wait until adulthood to start treatment. An orthodontic program can still change your bite and overall oral health.
Our team at Harris Orthodontics can help you review your options for adult braces.
Reasons to Use Orthodontic Treatments
Do you want straight teeth? If so, braces may represent the best choice for you, regardless of your age. However, braces do more than straighten out your smile. Many adults decide to pursue orthodontic care for other reasons.
Orthodontic treatment can provide you with:
- Protection from excessive wear on your teeth
- Correct placement of your bite and jaws for the longevity of your teeth
- Increased periodontal health
We also step in to help if you notice issues with your jaw. Some of our patients contact us because their jaw:
- Shifts painfully when they chew
- Makes sounds or pops
- Protrudes abnormally
We can discuss treatment options for you if you experience these conditions. In many cases, your dental insurance will cover a significant amount of the costs for braces.
Go Over the Benefits of Braces for Adults
Braces for adults often come with several benefits. First and foremost, these braces straighten your smile and often give people the confidence they’ve always wanted. A straightened smile can raise your self-confidence and help you feel more comfortable in social situations or at work.
Good oral health also comes with direct health benefits. Many patients don’t realize that crooked or crowded teeth make it more difficult to brush and floss properly. Bacteria, plaque, and tartar often build up in hard-to-clean areas.
Getting braces allows an orthodontist to space your teeth properly, making it easier for you to reach all surfaces of your teeth and floss in between each tooth. Keeping your teeth in good condition helps you avoid issues with gum disease and cavities.
Straight teeth can help you avoid fillings, root canals, and treatment for gingivitis. Good oral health impacts the well-being of your entire body. Patients with oral health issues increase their risk of facing heart disease and high blood pressure.
Treatment Options for Adult Braces
Our team provides you with multiple options for adult braces. We’ll discuss each option when you make an appointment to visit our office. However, you can get an overview of your basic choices right now.
Traditional Metal Braces
Traditionally, patients had to rely on metal braces to straighten their smiles, although metal braces still remain a popular choice for many people. These braces include stainless-steel brackets, wires, and elastic bands.
We adjust the position of your teeth by slowly tightening the elastic bands and wires.
Damon braces do not include elastic bands. Instead, they have a self-ligating system. Some people find Damon braces more comfortable than traditional braces. You can select metal or ceramic Damon braces – ceramic options are less noticeable.
Other patients select ceramic braces. We use a ceramic compound to make the brackets for these braces. The ceramic often blends in with the color of your teeth, making the braces far less noticeable.
Finally, our team offers several ‘invisible’ choices to straighten your teeth, including the clear braces and Inbrace systems. These non-traditional options can often be faster than traditional braces, with the added benefit of them being far less noticeable.
Make Your Smile Dazzle Regardless of Your Age
Younger patients often respond more quickly to orthodontic treatment. However, you are never too old to take steps to care for your smile. Our team has experience helping adults straighten their teeth to improve their oral health.
We focus on adopting all new techniques related to orthodontic care. We also discuss all your options, allowing you to make an informed decision about the kind of orthodontic treatment you want.