As an adult, you have quite a few responsibilities and factors that can raise your stress levels. Adding braces into the mix shouldn’t be one of them. Understanding the need for orthodontic treatment that blends into life as seamlessly as possible, orthodontists are now recommending more discreet options for adult patients. Here’s what you need to know about two highly recommended treatment options: Invisalign and ceramic braces for adults.
About Invisalign Treatments
Invisalign has emerged onto the orthodontic scene in recent years as one of the go-to treatment options for adult patients, due in part to their clear appearance. With Invisalign, patients are able to straighten their teeth without having to worry about obvious metal braces. Another benefit of Invisalign is the aligners are not only clear, but removable as well. Treatment requires patients to wear their aligners for about 22 hours each day, removing them when they eat or drink. There are many versions of Invisalign, depending on your individual needs. Let’s discuss a few of your options.
Types of Invisalign Treatments for Adults
In addition to traditional Invisalign, which requires about 20-30 aligners during the course of treatment, there are also versions tailored toward patients who need less extensive treatment. These include:
- Invisalign Lite
- Invisalign Express
Invisalign Lite is geared toward adults who have minor orthodontic issues, like a crooked front tooth. Designed to fix minor issues with the six front teeth, treatment with Invisalign Lite can provide results in as little as six months.
Another option for patients who don’t need extensive treatment is Invisalign Express. Ideal for those with minor spacing or crowding issues, Invisalign Express consists of approximately 10 aligners and can fix orthodontic issues in as little as three months. This short duration treatment is great for patients who are about to undergo restorative treatment, such as getting veneers.
About Ceramic Braces
Ceramic braces consist of clear brackets that blend into the teeth and are ideal for patients who don’t want to worry about wearing aligners for the recommended time each day. Gradually guiding teeth into their proper positions, ceramic braces are less noticeable than traditional metal braces, yet work in the exact same way. Although ceramic braces are an effective and discreet option for many adult patients, it should be noted that the brackets can stain if patients aren’t taking proper care of their teeth. It is imperative that patients, with braces especially, brush and floss at least twice per day and after meals as well.
Orthodontic Treatment for Adults
Nowadays, there are many more treatment options that blend into life. You’ve got a lot on your schedule with your career, your family and any hobbies you may squeeze in, so worrying about your orthodontic treatment just isn’t an option. Have peace of mind and feel more confident with these effective and discreet treatment options.
At Charleston Orthodontic Specialists, our team can help you choose the perfect treatment plan. Call (843) 4-BRACES to learn more and to get started with us!