Maybe your parents couldn’t afford braces when you were a kid, or maybe you’re just more conscious of the benefits of having an attractive smile. Whatever the reason, most people know that a fantastic smile can make a huge difference in their personal and professional life.
Many people say the rewards of undergoing an adult teeth braces treatment outweigh the temporary inconvenience and expense.
What Option is Best For You?
Braces have grown up over the last 15 years. Gone are the days of being called “metal mouth”, “tin grin”, or “cheese grater”. These days there are many options when it comes to the choice and cost of braces for adults.
Traditional Metal Braces
Traditional metal teeth braces are slightly more effective at moving teeth. If you have very crooked teeth or a severe bite problem, traditional metal braces may be the best choice for you.
Invisalign Clear Braces
Invisalign uses a series of clear, removable aligners to gradually straighten teeth, without metal, brackets or wires. Since you can remove Invisalign aligners, keeping your teeth and gums clean during your orthodontic procedure is easier than it is with metal or clear braces. Comfort and invisibility are the advantages of Invisalign, but Invisalign does have its limitations. If you have bite issues, severely rotated teeth, or teeth that are not vertically even, you might not be a good candidate for Invisalign braces.
Many people choose clear braces to stay away from the “tinsel teeth” look. They consist of ceramic or plastic brackets that are bonded directly to your teeth, so they are much less noticeable that metal braces. There is a downside to clear braces, though. They cost a bit more than traditional metal options, and the adhesive used to cement the brackets can discolor and darken.
DNA and mRNA
The DNA (Daytime/Nighttime Appliance) is a powerful orthodontic treatment. These removable appliances are designed to reshape the jaw as well as straighten teeth. The goal is to transform the jaws and improve the airway. This can make breathing easier, both at night and during the day. It can reduce or eliminate sleep apnea and TMJ. Because these appliances reshape the jaw as well as move the teeth, they can improve facial proportions. You will be happy to enjoy a stronger chin and a well-balanced appearance. And here’s more good news: you usually have to wear them just 12-16 hours a day.
The quick fix. If you don’t have time to wait for teeth braces treatment or if you have broken, chipped or severely stained teeth, porcelain veneers could be for you. Porcelain veneers are ultra-thin shells that are bonded to the front of your teeth to improve their appearance. They’ve often been used in conjunction with adult teeth braces when brakes, chips, or staining is an issue.
Best Way To Straighten Your Teeth in Los Gatos
With so many choices out there, you’ll need a professional to help you make the right decision for your adult teeth braces. Dr. Nancy Nehawandian of Top Down Dental in San Jose/Los Gatos knows a bit about adult teeth. Trained in general and cosmetic dentistry, she’ll be able to help you choose the type and cost of adult braces that will suit your needs best.
You can get braces at any age. For the best options, contact our Los Gatos office by calling (408) 354-5600 or using our online form.