No matter how old you get, your smile will always have a big impact on your confidence and self-esteem. If you’ve already decided that you want a straighter smile, then you’re probably wondering about your options. Below we discuss some the best teeth straightening options for adults.
Looking for the Best Teeth Straightening Options?
Having crooked or misaligned teeth, or an overbite or underbite, is something that many adults just live with because the issues weren’t addressed in their youth. The good news is that orthodontic treatment has come a long way over the decades. If you’re an adult that isn’t happy with the alignment of your teeth or jaw then we’re here to let you know that there are solutions available to help you get the perfectly aligned smile that you’ve always wanted.
Below is a brief summary of your options. If you have further questions, give us a call or book your free consultation at one of our Illinois offices in Chicago, Elgin, Addison, or Burr Ridge.
1. Metal Braces
Metal braces are among the most popular teeth straightening option that is commonly used on kids, teens and even adults.
Aside from being very effective, metal braces are also quite affordable making them a great option for anyone running on a tight budget. There have been a number of improvements to metal braces over the years. In fact, today’s metal braces are much smaller and even more comfortable than ever before.
Although metal braces aren’t the most aesthetically pleasing teeth straightening option for adults, they are very cost effective and typically recommended if you require extensive treatment.
2. Invisalign ®
If the thought of having metal braces puts you off, then you may want to consider clear aligners, like Invisalign. Much like a custom fitted mouthguard, aligners fit over your teeth and are frequently updated to slowly move your teeth. Famed for being relatively invisible, Invisalign is a great teeth straightening option for adults that require minimal straightening.
The key benefit of using Invisalign is that they are removable and more comfortable than braces. Although you will have the aligners in for the majority of the day, you will remove them to eat, brush, and floss. A luxury that most other orthodontic options don’t offer. As we mentioned, Invisalign is not typically an option for adults that require extensive treatment.
3. Ceramic Braces
If you’re looking for a teeth straightening alternative that’s less obvious than metal braces, but more effective than aligners for extensive treatment, then ceramic braces are a great option.
Although ceramic braces are bulkier and more expensive than metal braces, they are less noticeable when you talk and smile. Ceramic braces are less noticeable because the brackets are clear or tooth-colored, which allows them to blend in with your teeth better than metal braces. Although they are bulkier, ceramic braces can also be more comfortable and easier on the gums than metal braces.
4. Lingual Braces
If you don’t want the braces to be seen at all, then lingual braces might interest you. Lingual braces, also known as “inside braces”, are yet another great teeth straightening option for adults. Lingual braces are more or less the same as standard braces (metal or ceramic), except they are placed behind the patient’s teeth.
Lingual or “invisible” braces can take longer to get used to than other options, but once a patient gets used to them, it is virtually impossible for other people to see them. Like all other options, lingual braces also have some drawbacks. For example, they are more difficult to service and adjust, and they are significantly pricier than other options mentioned. Lingual braces can also affect your speech and eating habits.
The four options are typically the best teeth straightening options for adults. If you’re considering braces, Invisalign, or another orthodontic treatment, contact us today for a free consultation. Our orthodontic team will help you find the option that best fits your wants, needs, and budget.