3 Types of Braces for Adults: Which Is Right For You?
If you’re an adult with a crooked smile, you may have learned to live with it. But that doesn’t mean you like it. You may self-consciously hide your teeth behind your hand. And you may wonder if your frequent jaw pain could have something to do with a misaligned bite.
So what’s stopping you from straightening your teeth? If you’re like many adults, you may worry about the appearance of braces or the lengthy treatment time. Or you may just think you’re “too old” to bother with orthodontics now. The last concern especially bothers us. You’re never too old to improve your smile, and there is no age limit for braces!
You may not realize there are more braces for adults now than ever before – and that one of them is probably right for you! If you’d like to know more, call Overmeyer Family Dental at (407) 871-3143 to schedule a consultation.
We’ve provided information here on options for braces for adults that we offer in our Orlando, FL dental office. All three of them offer benefits that make them especially well suited for straightening adult teeth.
They can all be considered quick braces. That is, you’ll complete your orthodontic treatment months faster than you would with traditional braces. That’s a big benefit for most adults!
Fastbraces can straighten your smile in as few as three months. They use triangular brackets and unusually elastic square wires to move both the roots and crowns of your teeth simultaneously. In contrast, traditional braces move the crowns of your teeth first and then the roots – a process that takes longer, usually at least two years.
Most adults complete treatment with Fastbraces in three months to a year. Almost unbelievably, some people start seeing results within weeks!
In addition, many people find Fastbraces more comfortable than traditional braces. Not only that, but you’ll spend a lot less time in a retainer after your braces come off. You’ll only need to wear a retainer for 15-20 minutes a day to keep your teeth in their newly straight positions. With traditional braces, it’s common to wear a retainer 24/7 for several months.
Six Month Smiles
As you might guess from the name, the average treatment time for adults is six months. Six Month Smiles work quickly by straightening only the teeth that show when you smile, the so-called “social six.” They don’t realign your bite like traditional braces do. They’re a great choice for folks who don’t have problems with their bite but have cosmetic flaws like gaps or overlapping teeth.
In addition to the speed of treatment, a benefit of Six Month Smiles is their inconspicuous appearance. Because they have clear brackets and teeth-colored wires, most people probably won’t even notice you’re wearing them. You won’t need to worry about taking a photo for your LinkedIn profile with a mouth full of metal!
Invisalign isn’t braces at all. It’s a series of clear plastic aligners that are custom-made for your teeth. Our dentists design a treatment plan for you using special software and send it to a special lab where your aligners are made. You wear each aligner about two weeks, then move to the next one in the series.
The average Invisalign treatment time for adults is 12 months. While this is longer than Fastbraces or Six Month Smiles, it’s still far quicker than traditional braces.
One of the biggest advantages of Invisalign is that you can remove your aligners for meals. That means you can eat whatever you’d like, with no worries of getting food caught in braces. And it’s easier to keep your teeth clean too since you can brush and floss before re-inserting your aligners.
You can even take your aligners out for special occasions like a first date or job interview. If you don’t wear them for at least 22 hours a day, though, you could lengthen your treatment time.
Choosing the Right Orthodontics Option
So which of these three braces for adults is right for you? Call us at (407) 871-3143 or contact us online to request a consultation. One of our dentists can examine you, answer all your questions, and walk you through the options.
We’ll consider multiple factors: the condition of your teeth, the orthodontic issues you need to address, your overall oral health, your budget, and even your willpower. That last item is important because, in the case of Invisalign, you need to wear your aligners for the recommended time!