Adult Braces Vista CA
Adults are embracing braces like never before.
A survey by the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) showed that the rate of people over 18 with braces grew 14 percent from 2010 to 2012. That brought the number of adults with braces in the United States and Canada to over a million.
At Smile Patio Orthodontics We offer a full range of Adult Braces including Invisialign® invisible aligners. Find out if treatment is right for you first with a complimentary consultation and get all the information you need.
Types of Adult braces
Adults braces today will find far more options than they remember — or had themselves.
Aligners are clear trays that are switched out every two weeks to accommodate the movement of teeth. They remain in the mouth for 20 to 22 hours per day, removed just long enough for meals and cleaning your teeth. The most common brand of aligners is Invisalign.
Aligners are less conspicuous, but they’re still not completely invisible. They don’t affect how you brush and floss your teeth (unlike other types of braces).
However, aligners require the discipline to keep them in every possible moment and to switch out the trays on schedule. Shirking this responsibility sometimes means that treatment with aligners takes longer than with conventional options.
In self-ligating braces, the wire passes through a small metal clip on the bracket. The system eliminates the need for elastic bands to help move the teeth.
Lingual braces are similar to conventional braces, except the brackets are cemented to the back side of tooth.
Lingual braces are virtually invisible and work just as quickly as conventional braces. However, they are custom-made and typically cost more than other options.
Regardless of the type of appliance, your orthodontist may want you to wear a retainer after treatment is complete. You might wear it part or all of the day.
Decades ago, braces consisted of a metal band around every or almost every tooth. Today, conventional braces hold wires with just a single bracket cemented on the front of the tooth. A few bands in the back anchor the wires.
A second option for conventional braces switches out metal for clear or tooth-colored ceramic. Abdolahi says her practice even experimented with white-colored wires, but that the pigment wore off quickly.
Treatment time is usually the shortest with conventional braces. But these devices are the most noticeable, even if you have the ceramic option.