Not all that long ago it was unusual for adults to undergo orthodontic treatment, but now, thanks to new low profile orthodontic treatment options, more and more adults are choosing to straighten their teeth and correct bite issues. Here are a few of the more discreet orthodontic treatment options that adults love.
Image Challenges & Adult Braces
Often adults want to straighten their teeth but feel that braces could make them look 'too young' or immature, since braces are usually associated with children and teens. These concerns can leave many adults feeling that metal braces just aren't compatible with their professional image or their day-to-day style.
Although braces can make an adult feel self-conscious, it's important to remember that braces are like any other medical treatment and there’s no shame in taking good care of your oral health!
Low Profile Treatment Options For Adults
If you're looking to straighten your smile without the need for bulky metal brackets and wires, there are a number of lower profile orthodontic treatment options that adults can choose from. These options are often able to treat many of the same issues as traditional metal braces. Here are some of the options available from Dr. Aly Kanani:
- Invisalign - This series of clear plastic aligners straighten your teeth much like traditional braces do, but without the need for metal and wires. Because the aligners are made of transparent plastic many people won’t even notice you're wearing them.
- Lingual Braces - These braces are similar to traditional braces, except you wear them on the backs of your teeth. Because they face in toward your tongue, they’re difficult for others to see unless you make a point of showing them.
- In-Ovation Self Ligating Braces - "Self-ligating" means that while these braces have a metal construction like traditional braces, and are placed in the fronts of your teeth, they're more low profile and streamlined in appearance because there are no ties or elastics.
- Translucent Cosmetic Braces - Translucent cosmetic braces are essentially the same as metal braces, except that the brackets are tooth-coloured, not metal. So while they're not exactly transparent, they blend into the colour of your teeth so that they appear to be.