The Best Types of Braces for Adults

Many people view orthodontic treatment as a dreaded procedure for teens to endure during their awkward years. At Hidden Smiles Orthodontics, that just isn’t the case! More adults than ever are seeking treatment to get the smiles they love, and orthodontic technology has risen to the occasion. No matter what type of oral issue, orthodontic treatment can help you get perfect alignment and boost your self-esteem. Let’s explore the best types of braces for adults and how Dr. Mita Parikh can give you the smile you deserve!

Traditional Metal Braces

Metal braces are one of the most recognizable and common types of orthodontic treatment in Huntington. Modern metal braces are much more comfortable and lighter than they used to be, and they’re also customizable, thanks to a variety of fun colored bands to choose from! These braces deliver excellent results and are especially useful in cases that are more serious or complicated.

Metal braces at Hidden Smiles Orthodontics also tend to be a little more affordable since they don’t require some of the more complex technology and equipment that newer treatments do. The overall strength, durability, and cost-effectiveness of traditional braces keep them the top treatment for orthodontics, year after year.

LightForce Clear Braces

Sometimes referred to as clear braces, tooth-colored or aesthetic braces, ceramic braces function the same way as metal braces without the appearance. Dr. Parikh uses LightForce clear braces to give you a personalized treatment experience from start to finish. 

Thanks to compact segments and its polycrystalline (tooth-colored) material, you’ll hardly notice these braces in your mouth. Not only are they more comfortable, LightForce braces are also more effective at moving your jaw than conventional braces.

Since they can be more expensive and more prone to breaking, Dr. Parikh recommends ceramic braces for adults and older teens. When paired with clear, white, or tooth-colored wires and elastic ties, they are an incredibly discreet and efficient way to straighten smiles!

Invisalign Clear Aligners

The Invisalign system uses clear, removable aligners custom-made to fit comfortably over your teeth. Like traditional braces, these customized aligners gently move the teeth into the desired positions. To accomplish this, you’ll wear them 20-22 hours per day throughout treatment and replace them every 1-2 weeks for the next aligner in the system, as directed by Dr. Parikh.

Invisalign gives you more freedom and flexibility than regular braces. There are no food restrictions since you remove the aligners when eating or drinking, and it’s easy to keep your teeth and gums clean and healthy since you don’t have to work around wires and brackets. You remove the aligners, then brush and floss as you usually would!

InBrace Lingual Braces

Lingual braces from Hidden Smiles Orthodontics work the same way as traditional braces—each appliance puts constant pressure on the teeth to move them into better positions over time. This happens using brackets and wires to apply the gentle force necessary to shift the teeth. With traditional braces, the brackets are affixed to the front surface of the teeth, but with lingual braces, brackets go on the back side facing the tongue. This makes them almost entirely invisible, something our more image-conscious patients really appreciate! 

Reasons for Adult Orthodontics

More adults are exploring how orthodontic treatment can help correct oral issues, including crooked teeth, overbites, underbites, and more. Although the most obvious benefit of treatment is a beautifully straight smile, there are many lesser-known advantages to adult braces in our Huntington office. 

Better Jaw Alignment

Misaligned teeth can have a noticeable effect on your jaw muscles and joints. If the jaws have to compensate for wrong positioning, the joints will adapt in response. However, the new position will often cause further damage. This is why we see both jaw issues and misaligned teeth in patients. Some of the symptoms you may experience with improper jaw alignment are:

  • headaches or migraines
  • a jaw that seems to pop or “creak”
  • pain in the jaw, neck, or shoulders
  • sleep disorders

Improved Digestion

Your teeth are a crucial component of the digestive process, and chewing your food is the first step. Your whole digestive system can suffer if you can’t chew properly because of misaligned teeth. When your teeth can’t properly break down food, it will pass through the digestive system much more slowly.

Improved Oral Health

Brushing and flossing are essential for maintaining oral health, but when your teeth are crooked or crowded, they can be challenging to clean. This can cause a build-up of plaque and bacteria, increasing the risk of tooth decay, gum disease, cavities, and gingivitis. 

While these are common dental ailments, they’re also preventable! Orthodontic treatment with Dr. Parikh can move the teeth into more optimal positions, making it much easier to maintain an effective oral hygiene routine.

Estimated Treatment Times

Unfortunately, there is no one-size-fits-all answer regarding the length of orthodontic treatment. Every case is unique, and every patient will respond to treatment differently. Treatment time will also vary depending on the severity and specifics of the problem that needs correcting. 

On average, you can expect treatment time with our Huntington office to last anywhere from 18 to 30 months, but it will vary from case to case. Although we can’t say how long you’ll need to wear braces or aligners, we will give you an estimated treatment time before you begin the process! 

Get Your Dream Smile at Any Age with Hidden Smiles Orthodontics

There’s no age limit on a beautiful smile, and Hidden Smiles Orthodontics is here to help you get yours! If you’re ready to take the leap on adult orthodontic treatment, we would love to hear from you. Contact our Huntington orthodontic office to schedule your free consultation with Dr. Parikh today.