We can see an increasing number of adults investing in orthodontic treatments. In fact, recent research shows that over half of Indian adults feel self-conscious about their teeth, and more than two-thirds of them are considering treatments to improve their smile.
There are a number of reasons why an adult might have crooked teeth when during childhood it appeared normal or was treated by braces.
It’s also natural for our teeth to shift position as we age, when we lose or wear down our teeth, or if gum problems develop. Sometimes people who have had orthodontic treatment as a child and haven’t worn their retainers as instructed may require further orthodontic treatment as an adult.
What are the options when it comes to braces for adults?
For some adults, the thought of having traditional metal braces is unappealing. Some people are concerned that wearing braces might have unwanted impacts, for example by making them more self-conscious at work or impacting on their social lives.
However, orthodontic treatment is a viable option for almost any adult Thanks to modern technology, with a much wider range of discreet options. The fact that one in five orthodontic patients are adults demonstrates that there are plenty of suitable treatment options which can fit comfortably with your lifestyle.
Our specialist orthodontist Dr. Naman Vora can help you determine the most effective treatment available for your individual need. For adult patients we have metal, ceramic and crystal braces and following treatment options too.
Clear aligners, such as Invisalign®, are one of the most popular options for adults looking to undergo orthodontic treatment.
It is transparent piece of custom-molded plastic that worn over the teeth and gradually shift them in desired direction. Often hailed as ‘invisible braces’ because of their subtlety, they are also a removable appliance. While you usually need to wear clear aligners for 20-22 hours a day, you’re able to take them out to eat, drink and clean the aligners.
Clear aligners can be an effective, simple and comfortable form of treatment. However, they’re only suitable for people who are disciplined enough to follow instructions on how to wear and care for their clear aligners. Click here to know more about them .....
Braces have changed a lot over the years! Gone are the days where the only option was chunky metal braces. Modern tooth colored or clear ceramic braces are a lot subtler, and advances in orthodontic technology mean that the adult braces are now significantly smaller and more comfortable than they were in the past.
While newer technologies such as clear aligners have given patients more choice about the type of treatment they undergo, braces remain one of the best ways to achieve dramatic results over a short amount of time.
Lingual braces function like traditional braces, but they are bonded to the back of your teeth instead of to the front. They are the only truly invisible option when it comes to orthodontic braces treatment – because they sit behind your teeth no one will be able to see them!
Lingual braces are usually more expensive and can take longer to fit and adjust than regular braces, but they can be an incredibly effective option. If you’re looking for a discreet treatment option that will help you achieve a perfect smile, then lingual braces are worth considering. Only major problem patient feel is it takes few weeks to get comfortable with speaking and eating with them, where as traditional braces takes only few days.
Dental veneers may also be a suitable treatment option to fill gaps and re-shape teeth. In some cases dental veneer treatment may suffice for teeth straightening or can be combined with other dental and cosmetic treatments. A solution which is keenly used by celebrities in the public eye, dental veneers come in different types and shades made from porcelain, ceramic and white composite materials. The teeth are normally prepared first to allow room, but most types of modern veneers require minimal preparation of the tooth surface. Dental veneers provide an enhanced symmetrical appearance, while protecting the tooth's surface from staining and discoloration.
Our friendly team of specialist are here to provide you with any information you need about teeth straightening, brace systems and dental veneers. You too can have teeth that make you feel proud when you smile.
Is there any other advantages of getting braces as an adult?
In addition to enhancing the appearance of your smile, there are plenty of other reasons to undergo braces treatment as an adult.
Patients often report psychological benefits as boost in self-confidence when undergoing orthodontic treatment. Furthermore, having a healthy, beautiful smile can give you assurance in your professional life as much as in your personal life, equipping you with the confidence you need for success, whether you’re in a boardroom or on a first date.
In addition to psychological benefits, having straight teeth can make them function better and easier to clean, possibly reducing the chances of tooth decay and gum problems.
In conjunction with other medical and dental specialists, an orthodontist can also help in the diagnosis and management of obstructive sleep apnea, and jaw joint (TMJ) problems.
The best option is to consult our specialist, who will be able to assess your situation and discuss what treatment will be most appropriate for you.
What to expect when getting braces?
Prior to getting your braces you will need to have a consultation with our specialist. Our orthodontist will assess your teeth, check your bite, obtain photos and x-rays, and then recommend what treatment options are available and which treatment option will be the best for you. Once you have decided on a course of action, the orthodontist may want to take an impression or scan of your teeth so that any required custom orthodontic appliances can be made.
At your next appointment you will be fitted with the orthodontic appliances of your choice and will be provided with proper care instructions. Initially you may experience some minor pain, discomfort as you adjust to the sensation of having appliances on your teeth. However usually after initial few days the will subside.
There are a number of foods you should avoid while undergoing orthodontic treatment to ensure the health of your teeth and to avoid any unwanted breakages to your appliances. Be sure to ask us what you can and cannot eat beforehand.
Are there any negative side effects to getting braces as an adult?
Thanks to recent advancements in orthodontic treatment options, having braces as an adult is safer and more comfortable than ever. Like any medical procedure, physical intervention with any parts of your body, including your teeth, will carry some risks. However, these risks can be minimized if the orthodontic treatment is performed under the supervision of a specialist orthodontist.
Potential risks include toothaches and mild discomfort, scratches and ulcers on cheek and tongue, gum infection, gum recession, enamel demineralization, jaw joint discomfort and root shortening. Whilst these complications can occur during or after orthodontic treatment, they are generally quite rare especially if the treatment is properly planned and managed by a registered specialist orthodontist.
I had braces as a kid, Why do I need them again?
While your teeth tend to move naturally over time, serious changes and misalignments may require a second round of braces treatment. This may be due to not wearing your retainer after your initial treatment, developing gum problems, loss of teeth, trauma to teeth or face, or even habits such as grinding your teeth or pushing your tongue against the teeth (tongue thrust).
Whether you choose to have orthodontic treatment again to correct your smile will likely depend on the amount of movement that has taken place and whether this is affecting your smile, your jaw movements or your bite. If you do require further treatment as an adult it is highly likely your orthodontist will be able to offer an invisible treatment option such as clear aligners (Invisalign®).
How to make the decision?
Overall, orthodontic treatment is an overwhelmingly positive investment in your future health and happiness. A confident smile has the potential to be your best and most memorable asset.
When it comes to treatment options and payment plans, we will happily talk you through your options, answer any questions and do all we can to ensure you’re comfortable moving forward.