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Whether it’s relapsed orthodontic treatment from your teens, or a fear of the dentist growing up, there are many reasons as to why adults may opt for braces later in life.
The world of orthodontics has come on leaps and bounds too, with modern technology revolutionizing the treatment options now available to us.
However, many adults fear that the boat may have sailed, and that their chance to get braces has passed. Fortunately, this is 100% false, as there is no age limit for orthodontic treatment. Yes - it is true that braces work faster when the jawbones are growing during adolescence, however, teeth do continue to shift as we age - so there is never a point when braces won’t work for you.
If you’re an adult, looking into the options available, then clear aligners could be just the answer you’re looking for! Read on to find out the benefits of a clear brace during your adult years.
Metal braces are a symbol of our adolescent years and have become a bit of a fashion statement for some teens! The same, however, cannot be said for adults - with many wanting to avoid the appearance of a ‘train-track’ style brace.
If you’re looking to straighten your teeth, without drawing any unwanted attention, then clear aligners could be the perfect option for you.
Clear aligners are produced by state-of-the-art 3D printers, that use a crystal-clear plastic to create the brace itself. This plastic is invisible, and inserts over the teeth seamlessly, allowing you to continue your day-to-day life without any unwanted attention. One clear aligner patient was elated with her treatment, claiming that: “nobody ever made a comment about them, my life went on as normal”. Hear Chloe talk about her experience here.
The benefits of an invisible brace are evident, and if the cosmetic side is something that has been playing on your mind, then a clear brace could be the perfect option.
Many individuals undergo clear aligners treatment for the sole purpose of straightening their smile.
However, the benefits of a clear brace are more than just cosmetic. Crooked, and overcrowded, teeth are harder to clean as they create hidden pockets that can harbor plaque and bacteria. The problems don’t end here, as they can also cause gum disease, chewing problems, bad breath and headaches.
By straightening your smile, you create a larger surface area on your teeth, making them easier to clean. Thus, preventing the nasty health issues stated above!
We all know the importance of looking after our bodies, and maintaining our health, as we grow older - and your dental health is no exception. By straightening your teeth, you are not only giving yourself a lovely smile, but also keeping your health in tip-top condition!
Time is precious and as we grow older our lives tend to get a lot busier - making long-winded, time consuming, treatments a lot less appealing for adults.
Clear aligners cut the traditional, metal brace, treatment time in half - with the majority of cases being complete within in a year, and even some being complete in as little as 12 weeks! Allowing you to complete treatment a lot sooner.
The clear aligners treatment, itself consists of a series of clear braces, worn for 2-3 weeks at a time, that gradually shift your teeth into your desired position.
The severity of your case will affect how many aligners you will need, and how long your treatment will take. However, as stated above, the majority of cases are complete within the year - so long as the patient is compliant and follows treatment correctly!
Convenience is also key with a busy life, and you don’t want to have the added stress of food restriction, when completing your treatment.
Clear aligners are removable, meaning you can eat any type of food you please, whilst competing your treatment plan.
There are no rules to avoid apples, sticky sweets, or treats, just make sure you remove your aligner before you eat.
It is also important to give your teeth a good clean, before re-inserting your brace, to avoid food debris imbedding itself within the aligner. If food does become imbedded it can lead to enamel damage, and even tooth erosion, so it is very important to give your teeth a scrub!