Are There Alternatives To Braces For Adults?
If So, What Are They?
We get it—no adult wants to look like a goofy kid in junior high with a mouth full of braces.
The good news? You have much better options than your parents’ or grandparents’ generations ever did.
Thanks to advances in technology and the improvement in skill and technique from orthodontists, there are multiple, equally-effective alternatives to braces for adults. Keep reading to learn more.
Your First Option: Metal Braces
The fact is, many adults get metal braces (hard to believe?). Despite the breakthroughs with products like Invisalign and invisible braces, metal braces for adults aren’t going extinct anytime soon!
Metal braces are here to stay because they are very strong and can withstand most types of orthodontic treatment. Plus, today’s metal braces are smaller, sleeker, and more polished than ever before.
As our culture has become more inclusive, the stigma surrounding metal braces today just isn’t as extreme as it was twenty years ago…
Celebrities of all ages are getting braces and many proudly showing them off. Metal braces aren’t just something the “goofy” kids in junior high were wearing …
Gwen Stefani of No Doubt on the red carpet proudly showing off her braces.
No, you won’t look like this with metal braces. Metal braces today are as sturdy as ever, while being smaller in size and less noticeable.
Benefits of Metal Braces for Adults
Potential Drawback to Metal Braces for Adults
Remember, getting braces–no matter your age–is a sign to the world that you’re taking care of your oral health and trying to improve your health overall. There is nothing more generally accepted and in vogue than that in today’s culture.
Alternatives to Braces For Adults: Option 1 - Clear Braces
If you’d rather not have the metal braces look, that’s okay too. We have lots of options and alternatives to metal braces. The first option is clear or ceramic braces.
Ceramic braces are a great alternative to traditional metal braces. They are second strongest to metal and generally do not stain.
They are popular among adults because they “blend in” well with the teeth and are much less noticeable than traditional metal braces.
Multiple celebrities and high-profile people (even royalty) have been spotted on the red carpet with clear braces including…
- Tom Cruise
- Danny Glovers
- Prince Harry
- Serena and Venus Williams
- Faith Hill
- Niall Horan
…just to name a few!
Both Prince Harry and Faith Hill Had Clear Braces
Actual patients treated with clear braces at Premier Orthodontics
Benefits of Clear Braces for Adults
Potential Drawback to Clear Braces for Adults
Alternatives to Braces For Adults: Option 2 - Invisalign
Invisalign is one of the most popular products on the market for adults looking to straighten their teeth.
For many adults it’s the best option on the market. It’s probably the one you’ve heard most about from family members or friends.
Invisalign has many features that have helped make it such a popular choice amongst adults…
…including removable aligners. That means no changes whatsoever to your diet. Plus, you can brush and floss your teeth like normal.
There are no metal brackets or wires to deal with. Office visits for adjustments throughout the treatment process are fast, easy and painless.
Many celebrities, actors, and musicians have undergone Invisalign treatment without anyone noticing!
Many other celebrities and public figures have been treated with Invisalign too. Some of the celebrities treated with Invisalign include:
- Zac Efron
- Oprah Winfrey
- Keira Knightley
- Khloe Kardashian
- The Duchess Kate Middleton
Justin Beiber wearing
Over six million patients have been treated with Invisalign, and over four million of them were adults!
Actual Adult Patients of Premier Orthodontics Treated With Invisalign
Benefits of Invisalign for Adults
Potential Drawbacks to Invisalign for Adults
Invisalign may not be the most ideal solution for every patient. Remember, most popular doesn’t always mean it’s the right choice for you. You won’t know for sure until you get an initial consultation with an orthodontist.
Watch the video below to learn more about braces vs. Invisalign.
Alternatives to Braces for Adults - What About Porcelain Veneers?
You may have heard about porcelain veneers as an alternative to braces for adults. For instance, some adults have asked, “Why would I get braces for two years if I can just get veneers?”
Before we get into the discussion of braces and veneers, let’s define what porcelain veneers are.
WebMD says dental veneers are “wafer-thin, custom-made shells of tooth colored materials designed to cover the front surface of teeth to improve your appearance. These shells are bonded to the front of the teeth changing their color, shape, size, or length”
Porcelain veneers are meant solely for cosmetic purposes. They make the front teeth look better, sure, but they will not fix functional problems.
So why use them at all? They are typically used by those who already have relatively straight teeth and a good bite, but want to improve the cosmetic appearance of the teeth even more.
Veneers are designed to fix the following general dental problems…
…and in some cases they are a good option for correcting minor alignment and spacing issues.
Veneers are a great option for correcting cosmetic dental problems including the size, shape, and color of the teeth.
Getting dental veneers usually requires several trips to your family or cosmetic dentist. These trips include:
Braces vs Porcelain Veneers
If one is considering porcelain veneers or braces, it would be good to visit an orthodontist to learn which option would work best. Depending on your tooth or bite problem, veneers may not be the best, or healthiest, solution.
If it is believed that braces (or Invisalign) and veneers are needed, then cosmetic dentists and orthodontists often will work together to give the patient the most stable and healthy bite—plus those cosmetic benefits they’re often looking for.
Benefits of Veneers for Adults
Potential Drawback of Veneers for Adults
The number-one question you should consider (and your orthodontist or cosmetic dentist should consider too) when looking for an alternative to braces for adults is this: what is absolutely best for me, an adult?
Now that you understand more about your treatment options, read on to Chapter 3 and get the answer the to the question, “How do I choose the best orthodontist for an adult?”.
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