Braces in today’s world are no longer limited to just kids and teens. More and more adults are warming up to the idea that braces can be fit for them as well, especially as technology in the orthodontist industry has become more advanced and there are more options available to choose from to accommodate a variety of clientele. If you are over the age of 18 and are considering what options you have to straighten your smile, you are definitely not alone! There are approximately one million adults currently wearing braces in the US and Canada. With modern choices such as ceramic braces, lingual braces, invisalign and the traditional metal braces, you are sure to find a style suitable to straighten your teeth without having to be embarrassed to be seen with braces.

Align Orthodontics has helped shaped smiles of all ages for the over 30 years! It’s never too late to improve your smile. Be sure to schedule a free patient exam appointment with our office if you are located in San Diego County. We would be more than happy to assist you.

Let’s take a look at some big reasons why more adults are choosing to get braces and discuss 3 of the most popular types of braces adults can choose from!

Boost in Confidence

One of the first features people notice is your smile. If you are self-conscience about the complexion of your teeth, it will definitely shine through in your body language and the way you present yourself to the people you are interacting with. If misaligned teeth are holding you back from fully being your confident, beautiful self, now is the time to change that. You deserve to express yourself with a beautiful, straight smile!

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Fix Oral Health Problems

Having an improper bite or crooked/crowded teeth can be much more difficult to clean and floss, increasing the likelihood of having cavities, tooth decay, and gum disease. Small gaps in-between teeth can also pose a problem, exposing your gums which increases risks of periodontal disease. Fixing your teeth also provides a host of other benefits as well such as decreasing headaches, building a stronger jaw, and helps avoid losing your precious permanent adult teeth. Check out our blog on 7 Benefits of Having Straight Teeth for more information.

More Affordable to Get Braces

Adults often times were not able to get braces as kids or teenagers due to lack of funds to afford the treatment. However, today there are many insurance packages and flexible financing options available at your orthodontist to make this journey to a straighter smile possible.

More Options Available Than Before

Back then, the traditional metal braces were the only option available to choose from. Since then, orthodontist treatments have evolved to provide more discreet options for patients to straighten their teeth. You can get the smile you want without being embarrassed or shy of a mouth full of metal! Not to mention a lot of the modern options of today are more comfortable and convenient for patients as well.

Popular Modern Adult Braces Choices

Invisalign Braces

A great alternative to traditional braces is known as “invisible” braces, known as Invisalign. This popular option for braces allows patients to wear clear removable aligners that are completely free of wires or brackets that will progressively align your teeth little by little as you continue treatment. Many people claim this to be the most discreet treatment. No one can tell you are wearing braces at all. Forget the old metal braces that can be incredibly inconvenient when you are trying to eat or drink. These comfortable clear aligners can come off whenever you wish, as long as you follow the recommended usage by your orthodontist.

Ceramic Braces

Ceramic braces are clear and require brackets that are less noticeable than traditional braces when you smile or show your teeth. Ceramic braces make your smile look a lot less “metallic.” Clear or tooth-colored brackets used to be made of plastic, which is easily stained. Utilizing ceramic material prevents from staining or discoloration over time. We offer a variety of different models of brackets at Align Orthodontics to help determine which is the best fit for you.

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Damon-Style Braces

Say goodbye to ligatures! This fairly new design called Damon-style braces or Self-Ligating braces utilizes brackets that contain small doors that allows the wire in and closes over the wire instead of tying the wire to the bracket using rubber or metal ties. This design allows significantly less friction between the bracket and wire and provides much more comfort for patients wearing them. Your routine visits will cost less time in the orthodontist chair as well, and allows for easier cleaning and maintenance.

There you have it, folks! This is more than enough reason to stop putting off getting the straight smile you deserve. It’s never too late to start your journey to the smile you have always wanted, even if you are an adult. With the modern technology of the orthodontic field, you have more options than ever to achieve your goal with ease and comfort, and most importantly doing so discreetly. The faster you act on this, the sooner you can begin treatment to finally be able to flash the smile of your dreams. For more information on braces for adults, feel free to browse our website or contact Braces By Henry at 858-487-0173 for any additional questions. We look forward to meeting with you!