When you’re young, fixing crooked teeth is easy: you get braces.
But not everybody had braces when they were young. Some people didn’t need them. Others didn’t develop crooked teeth until they were older, and for many families, braces were simply too expensive.
Fortunately, there are plenty of good ways to fix your crooked teeth as an adult. Here are the top 3 easiest and most popular options for today’s adults:
1) Invisible braces
Invisible braces are just like they sound: invisible. Medical imaging creates a customized bracket and wire system which perfectly fits your mouth.
Invisible braces are also called “lingual” braces. They’re invisible because they’re placed behind the teeth – which doesn’t really make them invisible but it does make them less obvious.
Not only are invisible braces invisible, but they also provide more effective treatment. Since each bracket and wire system is designed for each unique tooth, patients typically experience faster recovery times – expect to remove your braces in as little as six to twelve months.
Like all braces, invisible braces can be uncomfortable at first. They can irritate the tongue and create a lisp. Invisible braces also tend to be more expensive than other options, costing between $6,500 and $14,000.
However, many patients find the aesthetic benefits of invisible braces are worth the extra cost.
2) “Nearly invisible” braces
Nearly invisible braces tend to be cheaper than invisible braces. They’re also not quite as invisible. Popular technologies like Invisalign have helped many adult patients fix crooked teeth without looking like teenagers.
Invisalign is nearly invisible to the naked eye and you can remove the tray at any time – like for cleaning your teeth and eating meals.
Additionally, these clear braces require very little maintenance – so you won’t have to spend a lot of time at your dental clinic during appointments.
One downside with Invisalign is that it won’t solve severely crooked teeth. If you have large gaps or alignment problems, then you’ll need a stronger solution.
3) Visible braces
Visible braces are fixed on the front of the teeth. These braces are what most people think of when they hear the word “braces”.
Visible braces are the least expensive on this list and typically cost between $4,000 and $7,000. They’re also ideal for fixing serious alignment problems and gaps.
There are multiple types of visible braces. Most braces include metal wires, but the brackets vary widely: brackets can be made from plastic or tooth-colored ceramic.
Are you ready for a happier, healthier smile?
Today’s adults have a number of good options for fixing crooked teeth. Whether you’re searching for a Birmingham AL dentist who offers what you need or just inquiring about what’s out there, Dr. Gentry Gonzalez will assist you in achieving a healthy and brilliant smile at any age.
When today’s adults realize they need braces, many of them think of braces from 10 or 15 years ago. Today’s technology has drastically improved the comfort and aesthetic appeal of braces. Speak with our staff here at Valleydale Dental to learn more about your options. Call us at 205.991.7797 or signup for an appointment: