Orthodontic treatment isn’t just for kids or teenagers (although the American Association of Orthodontists recommends that all children have an orthodontic screening by age seven). In fact, around 1 in 5 orthodontic patients is over the age of 21.
When it comes to adult orthodontics, the main benefit is straightening your smile. This can help boost your confidence, which can improve your quality of life. You’ll also find it easier to maintain good oral hygiene, especially if you’ve got crowded teeth.
When should I start treatment?
Generally, most individuals should see an orthodontist by the age of 12 or 13. The sooner problems are diagnosed, the easier they are to treat. Don’t wait to get braces because you think you’re too old for them. Thousands of adults wear braces to help align their teeth. If you want straighter teeth, don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment with our dentist.
Types of braces
There are two main categories of braces: traditional braces and invisible braces.
- Traditional braces: Traditional braces consist of metal brackets and wires. They are permanently fixed onto your teeth. The brackets are attached to the teeth using dental adhesives, and wires are passed through them. Pressure is applied to the teeth in a controlled manner by loosening or tightening the wires.
- Invisible braces: Invisible braces are traditional braces with brackets and wires. However, the brackets and wires are clear or tooth-colored, so they are less noticeable than metal braces. Adults and teens who want a straighter smile but don’t want traditional braces often choose invisible braces. Invisible braces are a convenient and discreet way to straighten your teeth. You don’t have to tell anyone that you are straightening your teeth. You can simply smile confidently, knowing you are taking care of your oral health.
- Lingual braces: Lingual braces are a form of traditional braces that are placed behind the teeth instead of in front. These braces are a great option for adults who have aesthetic concerns with wearing braces. If you do not want to show the world that you are going through orthodontic treatment, you may want to consider lingual braces.
How long do braces take to work?
The amount of time that your braces take to work depends on the severity of your case. A patient with a mild case can see results within a few months, while a hard case could take up to two years. A thorough diagnosis will help us determine the approximate duration and type of braces that are suitable for you.
To find out more about the dental services offered at our dental practice, call (502) 893-5454 or schedule an online consultation. You can also visit us at 4213 N Church Way, Louisville, KY, 40207, US.