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Orthodontic Treatment for the Adult Patient

Many adults are interested in orthodontics to correct crowding or spacing issues but may feel concerned about wearing braces as an adult. They may feel that they will look silly with braces on or even look unprofessional. However, patients should not be embarrassed that they are taking charge of their health and reaping the benefits of orthodontic treatment. There are options available, though, that can be more suitable for adults looking to perform orthodontic treatment later in life. These include clear aligners, lingual braces, and clear brackets. 

Clear Aligners

Clear aligners have become increasingly popular in the dental field. Patients like them because of their low profile, and dentists like them because patients can still remove them to clean teeth effectively. However, it is important to note that the patient must wear the aligners 22-23 hours out of the day for the process to be effective. 

Lingual Braces

Lingual braces Elmhurst NY are those that are done on the palate or tongue side of the teeth rather than the fronts of the teeth. In most cases, people will not even realize that you are wearing braces. Keep in mind, though, that you can have a learning curve when learning to talk with these in your mouth. They may also be even harder to keep clean that traditional braces because of their position.

Clear Brackets

A compromise between clear aligners and traditional braces, clear brackets came onto the scene. These look like traditional braces, but the brackets are clear instead of bright metal. It can be easier to keep clean that lingual braces but are generally more noticeable than clear aligners. 

For those considering adult orthodontic treatment, know that there are many options available. A consultation with a trained orthodontist is recommended to find out what option would work best for you.