When many people think of orthodontic braces, they may believe they are only for the young as an unfortunate rite of passage. Though adults these days are more comfortable with wearing braces, they may not be comfortable with the thought of their braces being seen by their peers or employers. Still, there are many adults who have no problem wearing braces. This is apparent at Advanced Orthodontic Care, where nearly 60 percent of our patients are adults. Ten percent of those are over 55-years-old.
As teens, our jawbones are still growing, which may make it easier for orthodontic applications. By the time we are adults, our jawbones have settled. And so have the overbites, underbites or crowding of teeth. There are many new types of technology that are more comfortable and take less time to correct than the standard traditional braces most people think about.
Types of Braces for Adults
- Traditional – These are the metal braces most people may be familiar with. They are lower in profile and offer patients colored or clear ties to hold the wire in place.
- Clear – These are worn just as traditional braces are, but are virtually invisible. Having braces that match the color of your teeth is one way to keep them from being so obvious.
- Invisalign – Invisalign is one of the new technologies for people who need orthodontic treatment. Rather than wearing braces on the teeth, Invisalign are clear, plastic aligner "trays” custom-made to fit your teeth. They may be taken out for meals or special occasions. Dr. Rudman is in the top 1% of all Invisalign providers world wide and he has the most experience with Invisalign in the city of Denver.
- Synergy R – This new bracket system is self-ligating, meaning there is no need for the O-shaped rubber bands to hold the wire to the bracket that are a mainstay of traditional braces. Though there are many types of self-ligating brackets, Synergy R’s benefits are that they offer more comfortable tooth movement, use lighter force, have lower friction, and it takes less time to have them adjusted.
- Incognito – These braces are placed on the back side of the teeth, so they will not be seen by those around you. This lowers the self-consciousness many adults have with braces simply because no one will ever notice them on you. There are fewer wire adjustments. People who play wind instruments or are athletes may find Incognito beneficial.
Just because you are no longer a teenager doesn’t mean you should avoid getting braces. Due to advancements made in orthodontics, there are ways to avoid the “metal mouth” stigma. If you are interested in learning more about the different types of braces available to adults in Stapleton and Downtown Denver, Colorado, please contact Advanced Orthodontic Care and schedule an initial consultation with Dr. Rudman.