Braces are not just for preteens and teenagers. Often adults will have a bite problem or crooked teeth that were not corrected when they were younger. Teeth can also change when you are older, and something that was not a real problem when you were younger suddenly becomes more of an issue. If you would like to have a proper bite and straight teeth, we here at Robinson Orthodontics want to help. We treat many other adult patients, and we would like to see what we can do for you as well.
What You Need to Know About Orthodontics as an Adult
When it comes to straightening the teeth of an adult, there are several different options. Here is a brief rundown of what you need to know.
Traditional metal braces can be used on an adult as well as someone who is younger. Metal braces are often recommended for those who need the most work. With metal braces, you will need to come in to see us on a regular schedule so that we can check them and we will also need to tighten the braces. Traditional metal braces are usually the cheapest of the braces options. There are a couple of drawbacks with traditional metal braces. They can rub against the inside of your lips and the other skin inside your mouth. Many adults do not like metal braces because they are noticeable.
Ceramic braces are an option that some patients prefer over metal braces. They work pretty much the same way. The difference is that they are made out of clear ceramic, which makes them less obvious when you talk or smile. The problem with ceramic braces is that they are not as strong as metal braces, and there is a possibility that they could break.
Damon braces are growing in popularity. They are still metal braces, but they are made differently so that only one strip of metal wire is used. Damon braces are attached to your teeth with brackets. With Damon Clear, the brackets are clear, which makes the braces less noticeable. Damon braces are fairly new, and they are getting great reviews.
Invisalign® is a different type of braces. With Invisalign, nothing will be attached to your teeth. Instead, you will receive a series of clear aligners. You will place an aligner on your teeth, and you will be able to remove it when you eat or brush your teeth. You will follow our schedule and replace each aligner when we recommend. Since Invisalign is clear, you will be able to correct your teeth with no one knowing what is going on. The downside to Invisalign is that it is not recommended for someone whose teeth need much straightening.
If you are an adult who is tired of living with teeth that are not straight, we here at Robinson Orthodontics would like to help. Make the appointment by calling (541) 441-8288. We would be more than happy to examine your mouth and then recommend the best way to give you the straight teeth that you want.