In the past braces were seen almost as a rite of passage for adolescents that needed to have the teeth realigned for a smooth even smile that could serve them throughout adulthood. In more recent years, more and more adults have started wearing braces to help improve alignment of their smile and overall function of their mouth. In some cases, this might be to resolve alignment issues caused by age or past tooth extractions.
Traditional braces use metal brackets attached to wires that are secured to the front face of your teeth using a strong adhesive resin. Over the course of several adjustment sessions your teeth are gradually pulled into a new alignment.
Ceramic braces are just like traditional braces, except they have been coated with a ceramic material that is color matched to the natural enamel of your teeth. Ceramic braces do not stain like the natural enamel of your teeth. So you should avoid dark beverages, tobacco use and foods that are prone to staining.
Incognito braces are similar to traditional braces, only they are attached to the back of your teeth, giving them cosmetic appeal. Interdental brushes or dental water jets can help clean hard to reach places on your lingual braces.
Invisalign is a brand of aligners that have become very popular with adults. They are made from clear durable plastic which makes them nearly invisible to the casual observer. You need to wear the aligners for around 20 hours per day. Every two weeks you will switch to a new set of aligners that gradually adjust your teeth. Most people meet their alignment goals in six to eight weeks.
If you have questions about what bite adjustment options are right for you, please call us at 972-563-1670 to schedule an appointment.