Getting braces used to be seen more as a teenage trope or elementary phase of life, but the truth is, more people are getting braces regardless of their age. It helps that there are different kinds of braces on the market aside from the traditional bracket braces that line the outside of the teeth.
There are also lingual braces (like bracket braces, only they line the inside of the teeth and allow for precise control over tooth position), ceramic braces (designed like bracket braces, but are virtually invisible with tooth-coloured brackets and sometimes tooth-coloured wires) InvisalignⓇ braces (a clear plastic aligner that covers the teeth and adjusts their positions – not unlike a mouth guard), and band braces (a common addition to bracket braces, elastic band braces are crossed over the top and bottom braces to correct jaw alignment and under/over bite).
If you are considering braces, there have never been so many options to correct teeth alignment than today and you can pick the solution that is best for you. There have also never been as many reasons to consider undergoing braces, here are a few other reasons why:
1. Fixing those crooked teeth with different solutions
If you have ever felt self-conscious about the way your teeth look, there’s no reason to live with that uneasiness when talking to other people. You should consult with orthodontists and orthodontic representatives and they will help you choose the best oral hardware solution that’s right for you. Some patients have an issue with wearing bracket braces, especially if they are in their late 20’s and older, but there are solutions that allow them to have their teeth straightened with virtually invisible forms of braces.
Traditional braces have the boon of being the most cost-effective and can appeal to younger patients with a variety of colours they can choose for each bracket, however they are the most noticeable and are likely not the option that older patients would prefer. Ceramic braces achieve faster results than full-cover plastic solutions like InvisalignⓇ, but they are pricier than their traditional counterparts and they require more care to prevent staining.
Lingual braces are the least common and provide a hidden form of tooth adjustment, however they are expensive, difficult to maintain and keep clean, and are not as effective in treating severe cases. InvisalignⓇ is the newest model, providing almost perfectly clear plastic tooth coverage that doesn’t limit the patient’s food intake, but at the cost of higher expenses, chance of losing the mouth guard (which provides costly replacements), and the treatment taking a longer time to complete.
2. Over-crowding can cause dental issues
Patients with a severe case of over-crowded teeth have a particular interest in fixing them, especially since over-crowded teeth can lead to tooth decay and other kinds of oral issues. A crooked smile can be easier to keep clean with toothbrush brussels struggling to get between every crevice of every tooth.
Tooth decay inevitably leads to cavities and requires multiple trips to the dentist to have fixed. It can also lead to gum disease like gingivitis if patients are not careful. For patients who suffer severe over or under bite are more susceptible to chipping their teeth and causing damage, and a cross bite or open bite can lead to wearing down teeth unevenly or causing speech impediments. Getting braces can fix this issue and prevent irreversible dental damage.
3. They’re much more affordable now
During the dawn of brace technology, teeth alignment was a very costly process that not many people could afford. In recent years, traditional bracket braces can cost between $3,000 to $7,000 depending on your dental insurance. Lingual braces are a bit pricier, ranging from $8,000 to $10,000; ceramic braces cost $4,000 to $8,000; InvisalignⓇ costs around $3,500 to $8,000.
4. It’s a treatment that lasts a lifetime
At last, braces are a treatment that lasts a lifetime. Provided you take care of your teeth after the treatments and follow orthodontic instructions, teeth shouldn’t shift and you should have a lasting straight smile.