Getting Adult Braces or Invisalign? Here’s Everything You Need to Know.

Gentle Dental

Adult braces are becoming increasingly common in today’s society. Not only do braces enhance your smile, but they also offer significant benefits for your long-term oral health. If you are an adult considering braces or Invisalign, continue reading to learn more about the different types of braces available to give you the smile you’ve always wanted. If you would like to see what Invisalign treatment could do for you, check out Invisalign’s Smileview Simulator on your smartphone.

Why Should Adults Get Braces? 

Receiving adult braces can greatly improve your oral health by straightening your teeth. Teeth crowding and alignment problems make your teeth more susceptible to dental decay due to plague and tartar buildup. 

What Are The Different Types of Braces?

The vast majority of orthodontic patients wear fixed appliances to move their teeth into alignment. In this category, there are several types of braces that can be used to straighten your teeth.

  • Metal Braces: Metal braces are dependable, effective, and economical. Typically made of high-grade stainless steel, standard metal braces remain the most common type of braces. Consisting of brackets and bands that are affixed to your teeth using dental cement, each bracket is strung together with wire to move your teeth into alignment.
  • Ceramic Braces: Clear ceramic braces are a new variation of traditional metal braces. While they are the same size and shape as metal braces, ceramic braces blend into your teeth due to their tooth-colored or clear brackets. This system has become more popular for adults due to their aesthetic appeal.
  • Lingual Braces: Lingual braces are placed on the inside of teeth, making them invisible from the outside. Although lingual braces can cause discomfort, they are the least visible type of fixed appliance. For adults concerned about their appearance, lingual braces are a potential option.

Invisalign Treatment: Invisalign is a removable appliance that is typically worn 22 hours per day. Made with a series of 18 to 30 clear plastic aligners that are custom-fitted to your mouth, Invisalign trays are replaced every 2 weeks to bring your teeth and jaw into alignment. Many adult patients prefer Invisalign because the trays are nearly invisible and contain no wires and brackets, making the treatment more comfortable than traditional braces. On average, Invisalign treatment time is 12 to 18 months, though you can start seeing results in a matter of weeks. To see what Invisalign treatment could do for you, check out Gentle Dental’s Smileview Simulator on your smartphone.

At Gentle Dental, our orthodontist takes into consideration the complexity of a patient’s case before presenting alternatives. Not all options will be suitable for every patient.

How to Prepare for Braces

Getting braces is the first step in achieving your dream smile. Before your braces are fitted, it is important to book an appointment with your general dentist to get a routine check-up and clean. After you book your first appointment with an orthodontist, you can expect to take orthodontic x-rays and undergo an initial examination. These measures help your orthodontist to determine the specific tooth movements required to straighten your teeth and align your jaw. Subsequently, your treatment plan will be created and your orthodontist will confirm a date to get your braces. The entire process of getting braces will usually take between 1 and 2 hours. 

How To Care for Your Braces

After braces have been placed on your teeth, it is important to maintain good dental practices. The American Dental Association recommends brushing twice a day and flossing once a day. If you are wearing traditional braces, your orthodontist may also advise you to avoid eating certain foods, such as hard candy, chewy foods, and sugary drinks, which may cause damage to your braces and contribute to tooth decay. Maintaining regular checkups with your general dentist and orthodontist are essential in ensuring you are properly caring for your teeth and braces.

How Long Do You Wear Braces For

Most adults will have to wear traditional braces for 18 months to 3 years. To get an accurate idea of how long you will have to wear braces, arrange an examination with your local orthodontist.

Are Braces Covered by Insurance?

Many dental insurance plans cover both traditional braces and Invisalign treatment.

Final Word

It’s never too late to achieve the smile of your dreams. To understand your dental treatment options, talk with your dentist. He or she will determine whether or not braces or Invisalign are necessary or would be a good option based on your orthodontic condition. At Gentle Dental, orthodontists are part of our team and consultations are free for first-time patients. Our office staff would be happy to schedule a consultation for you at a convenient time, including evenings and weekends. In addition, our financial professionals will work with you and your insurance company to ensure maximum coverage of the cost of braces or Invisalign.