A space between the teeth brings personality. “” A crooked tooth is hardly noticeable. “Many people hear these phrases when they say they want their teeth fixed.
That may be, but if you are not comfortable with your smile and prefer cover your mouth with your hand every time you smile, then a dental correction can do wonders and change your life. One way to correct your teeth is to use dental braces, invisible braces.
In this article, we will show you what types of dental braces exist and what the best alternatives are for adults.
Types of dental braces to correct teeth in adults:
There are two types of dental braces: fixed and removable. Which dental appliances can fix poor tooth position depends on the severity of the misalignment. Fixed and removable dental appliances move teeth with different types of forces.
Fixed and external dental appliance: brackets
Colored braces, wires and garters – anyone who is unfamiliar with fixed metal dental braces. Almost everyone at school had them, do you agree?
The braces, small metal or ceramic plates, are glued to the teeth and connected with a wire in the shape of a bow, which holds the teeth. The wire serves as a plane of orientation and helps move the teeth into the correct position through continual pressure.
In order not to exert too much pressure, the treatments are carried out in small steps over several years. Fixed orthodontic appliances are often the only method of correcting teeth for very serious and complex dental misalignments. There are metal brackets and sapphire brackets.
Dental appliances inside the teeth: lingual braces
With brackets fixed from the inside, the lingual brackets (lingual = side of the tongue) are glued to the inside of the teeth. This allows misaligned teeth that require fixed brackets to be corrected completely invisibly. This form of fixed braces is particularly popular with adults due to its aesthetics.
Removable wired retainer or wraparound retainer – clip on
The wrap-around retainers, which are removable and have an outer wire, are mainly used to correct jaw growth problems, their great advantage is that they are “removable.”
It is used especially to correct dental problems in adolescents, which is when Jaw growth can be positively corrected with removable braces and more serious misalignment can be avoided in the future.
The wrap-around retainers consist of a plastic plate and on this the wire is incorporated. The plate is located in the lingual interior of the mouth and helps to move the jaw to the ideal position.
Invisible Aligners, also known as Aligners:
Clear aligners have revolutionized the world of braces and orthodontics in general. Nearly invisible plastic aligners are an aesthetic alternative to highly visible metal dental braces, and are a favorite, especially with adults.
With an aligner treatment, the patient receives several clear aligners that are changed every two weeks and are adjusted to the new position of the teeth. How do invisible aligners work? Invisible aligners put slight pressure on the teeth, gradually moving the teeth into the correct position.
For a successful treatment several splints are required, several aligners, each of which the patient wears for 10-14 days.
Which dental appliance is more suitable for adults? – Points to take into account:
Are dental braces only for children and teenagers? Of course not! Many people in their 30s, 40s and even 50s would like to have their teeth fixed for cosmetic reasons and are ready to begin orthodontic treatment.
If you didn’t wear braces as a teenager, you don’t need them either, medically. But, from an aesthetic point of view and to raise your self-esteem, it is valid! But what are the most suitable orthodontic dental appliances for adults?
The answer is based on the following points that adults prefer when choosing to get their teeth done.
Probably the most important argument for or against braces in adulthood is: visibility. For most people it is unimaginable to wear fixed braces, metal braces, especially in their daily work life.
The least visible dental appliances are wire retainers, lingual braces, or sapphire brackets. However, the most innovative, practical, aesthetic and accessible to all, for their price, are the invisible braces.
Clear aligners are hardly noticeable and can be worn during the day, at the office, or at university.
– Treatment duration
Another point is the duration of treatment. While a dental correction with fixed brackets from the inside or outside takes between 2 and 3 years, a slight dental misalignment can be corrected in just a few months with the help of aligners. In that case, the duration depends on your initial situation.
– Easy to clean and dental hygiene
When it comes to care, clear aligners have a huge advantage over other braces: Invisible braces are easy to clean and must be removed when brushing, so there is no food residue stuck between the wires.
Cleaning the aligners is very easy: using a soft toothpaste and a soft toothbrush are enough. Rinse with lukewarm water and voila!
– Limitations in everyday life
Aligners are quick to clean, but should always be removed when eating or drinking sugary drinks. What worries many when starting their treatment with aligners is: if they will be able to speak without lisping.
It may be that at first, this happens, since the tongue must get used to its new space, because the aligners cover the teeth a little and the space of the tongue is different.
However, the lisping person hears the sound worse than it really is, as most people are unaware of it. Over time, the tongue will adapt to the new situation and the lisp will disappear.
In addition, the aligner can also be removed at any time for important appointments, for example.
When wearing braces, the ones that cause the most pain are the braces, since the orthodontist adjusts them regularly and can hurt the head, jaw and all the teeth. However, removable aligners do not cause pain, the pressure of the movement is different.
What can happen is that every time you change your aligner, you feel a little pressure on your teeth.
The cost of orthodontic treatments is usually quite high. However, the cost of aligner treatment is very different and you can save a lot of money. For example: a dental correction with ENSMILE braces price in Pakistan is between PKR 125,000/ to 250,000/-
Medical insurance usually does not cover the cost of invisible braces treatment.
Of all the types of dental braces that exist to correct teeth in adults, aligners are the most comfortable and aesthetic way. This, due to their transparent material, almost invisible, they are easy to clean and the restrictions in daily life are minimal.
With an aptitude test, you can easily find out if your misaligned teeth can be treated with an aligner therapy. If clear aligners are not enough to correct your dental problem or malocclusion, there is still the option of invisible fixed brackets with lingual brackets.