Serving Salem and the Mid Willamette Valley, Oregon
When people think of orthodontic braces, they often think of them as only for the young, one of those rites of passage. Even though they are not always comfortable with the thought of their braces being seen by peers or employers, many adults are realizing the importance of a healthy smile and are wearing braces.
As teens our jawbones are still growing, which may make it easier for orthodontic applications. By the time we are adults, our jawbones have settled — and so have the overbites, underbites or crowding of teeth. However, it is never too late to correct these issues and it is certainly important to address them, no matter what your age.
There are many new options in orthodontic technology that make the wearing of braces less invasive and more comfortable than the standard traditional braces that people think of. We look forward to helping you select the right orthodontic treatment that will fit your busy lifestyle.
Types of Braces for Adults
Traditional – The metal braces most people may be familiar with. They are lower in profile and offer patients colored or clear ties to hold the wire in place.
Clear – These are worn just as traditional braces are, but are virtually invisible. Having braces that match the color of your teeth is one way to keep them from being so obvious.
Invisalign – Invisalign is one of the new technologies for people who need orthodontic Treatment. Rather than wearing braces on the teeth, Invisalign are clear, plastic aligners “trays” custom-made to fit your teeth. They may be taken out for meals or special occasions.
Synergy R – This new bracket system is self-ligating, meaning there is no need for the o-shaped rubber bands to hold the wire to the brackets that are a mainstay of traditional braces. Though there are many types of self-ligating brackets, Synergy R’s benefits are that they allow more comfortable tooth movement, use lighter force, have lower friction, and take less time for adjustments.
Incognito – These braces are placed on the back side of the teeth, so they will not be seen by those around you. This lowers the self-consciousness many adults have with braces simply because no one will ever notice them on you. There are fewer wire adjustments. People who play wind or brass instruments or are athletes may find Incognito beneficial.
Just because you are no longer a teenager doesn’t mean you should avoid getting braces. Due to advancements made in orthodontics, there are ways to avoid the “metal mouth” stigma.
If you are interested in learning more about the different types of braces available to adults in Salem and the Mid Willamette Valley, Oregon, please contact Miller Orthodontics and schedule an initial consultation with Dr. Miller.