At AAA Orthodontics, it’s never too late to straighten your teeth.
All patients are encouraged to achieve the smile of their dreams – no matter how old you are!
Straight teeth are more than just a beautiful smile
While aesthetics may be your main motivation, there are a number of health benefits to straightening your teeth that go beyond your mouth. Straight teeth remove hard to reach places when brushing, which reduces the risk for decay and gum disease. You will also notice an improvement in the way your teeth fit together. This will mean no uneven wearing down of teeth, which puts pressure on teeth, gums, jaw and even the head and neck.
If braces are available for adults – why recommend braces for teens and children?
While it’s never too late to receive orthodontics, and there are increasingly more and more discreet and efficient alternatives to braces, we still recommend treatments begin as early as possible. Not only is it good to get these treatments over and done with early in life, we are also able to take advantage of the developing jaw and moving mouth during younger years to move teeth more quickly. This means orthodontic treatment can be easier for younger patients.
In saying this, AAA Orthodontics understand the desire to have a straighter, more aesthetically pleasing smile is one many adults have. We are highly qualified to treat adult patients and are still able to move your teeth into the desired position. We have a number of treatment options for you to consider that will make your treatment as undetectable as possible.
Invisalign for adults
AAA Orthodontics is proud to offer patients Invisalign as a treatment option when considering straightening teeth. This treatment is virtually undetectable to those who do not know you are wearing the aligners, so you can straighten your teeth without that bulky metal look. Invisalign aligners are made up of custom-made plastic trays which fit perfectly over your teeth. A gentle pressure moves your teeth into place in a similar fashion to traditional braces.
Incognito braces for adults
Incognito braces work in the same way as traditional metal braces; however, they are placed on the inside of the teeth rather than the outside surface. This means the treatment still works in the same efficient and trusted manner as traditional braces but with the added benefit of a more discreet look. For patients who are concerned with the bulky nature of traditional braces and adults who want an inconspicuous look incognito braces are ideal.
Clear braces for adults
Unfortunately, not every patient is suitable for Invisalign or incognito braces. For more severe cases requiring traditional braces, AAA Orthodontics offer a clear option. Clear braces have clear brackets, making them less noticeable than their metal counterparts.
Adult Braces FAQs
Traditional braces consist of metal brackets that are bonded to your teeth and a wire is slowly tightened between them to move your teeth. Clear brackets are available at AAA Orthodontics for your upper front teeth, at no extra cost. Whereas, Invisalign uses a series of custom-made removable clear plastic aligners that are changed every two weeks or so to gradually move your teeth into the desired position, almost invisibly.
Although childhood is the ideal time to get braces, more and more adults are undergoing orthodontic treatment. Australian research suggests that one in five orthodontic patients are over the age of 18. Adults with crooked or crowded teeth, or poorly aligned bites can achieve straighter teeth through orthodontics.
Orthodontic treatment for adults can do just as much as it does for children since both have orthodontic issues that can be corrected in the same way. The procedure for orthodontics in adults is largely the same as it is for children, the main difference between the two would be the length of the treatment since a child’s jaw is growing and easy to manipulate.
This pain is a common orthodontic problem and is often caused by you frequently clenching your jaw or grinding your teeth. This habit often happens at night when you are asleep and it causes unnecessary strain and tension within the jaw and surrounding muscles. This habit can be diagnosed by an orthodontist who can help you treatment.
The time to complete your orthodontic treatment can differ from patient to patient and depend on different severity levels. Your age and how far your teeth will have to move can also determine your rate of bone turnover. orthodontic treatment can range anywhere from 6 to 30 months, depending on the patient.
Orthodontic braces are only effective when they are properly cared for. Certain foods should be avoided to maximise your results. Eating foods that are hard, sticky, crunchy or high in sugar can disrupt your treatment. They can lead to tooth decay or breakages of the wires or brackets; which may require unscheduled visits to your orthodontist to fix.