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Braces for Adults
If you’re unhappy with your smile, you may consider getting braces as a means of correcting your dental problems and improving your look. Braces can fix overbites and misaligned teeth and improve your ability to chew food properly and clean your teeth. Braces can also increase your self-esteem by improving your esthetics, and improving your appearance.
At Teeth Tamers Orthodontics, we offer adult orthodontics to patients throughout the Monmouth
County NJ area. Dr. Karla Isaacs, an orthodontic specialist with over 15 years of experience, can help you achieve a beautiful and healthy smile.
Orthodontics were historically associated with teenagers. Today, an increasing number of adults are choosing to wear braces to straighten their teeth and correct malocclusions (bad bites). In fact, it is now estimated that almost one-third of all current orthodontic patients are adults.
Orthodontics are predictable, versatile, and incredibly successful at realigning the teeth. Braces work in the same way regardless of the age of the patient, but the treatment time is greatly reduced in patients who are still experiencing jaw growth and have not been affected by gum disease. In short, an adult can experience the same beautiful end results as a teenager, but treatment often takes longer.
Can adults benefit from orthodontic braces?
Absolutely! Crooked or misaligned teeth look unsightly, which can cause low self-esteem and a lack of self-confidence. Aside from poor aesthetics, improperly aligned teeth can also cause difficulties in biting, chewing, and articulating clearly. Generally speaking, orthodontists agree that straight teeth tend to be healthier teeth.
Straight teeth offer a multitude of health and dental benefits including:
· Reduction in general tooth decay
· Decreased likelihood of developing periodontal disease
· Decreased likelihood of tooth injury
· Reduction in digestive disorders
Fortunately, orthodontic braces have been adapted and modified to make them more convenient for adults. There is now a wide range of fixed and removable orthodontic devices available, depending on the precise classification of the malocclusion. The most common types of malocclusion are underbite (lower teeth protrude further than upper teeth), overbite (upper teeth protrude further than lower teeth), and overcrowding where there is insufficient space on the arches to accommodate the full complement of adult teeth.
Prior to recommending specific orthodontic treatment, the orthodontist will recommend the treatment of any pre-existing dental conditions such as gum disease, excess plaque, and tooth decay. Orthodontics (delete braces) can greatly exacerbate any or all of these conditions.
What are the main types of orthodontic braces?
The following are some of the most popular orthodontic braces:
Traditional braces – These braces are strong and tend not to stain the teeth. They are comprised of individual brackets that are cemented to each tooth and accompanied by an archwire which constantly asserts gentle pressure on the teeth. Traditional braces are generally metal but are also available in clear synthetic material and “tooth-colored” ceramic. The ceramic brackets are usually more comfortable than the metal alternative but can become discolored by coffee, wine, smoking, and certain foods.
Invisalign® – Invisalign® aligners are clear trays and should be worn for the recommended amount of time each day for the quickest results. Invisalign® aligners are more comfortable and less obtrusive than traditional braces but also tend to be more costly. Not all patients are candidates for Invisalign®.
Lingual braces – These appliances are usually metal and fixed on the tongue side of the teeth, therefore cannot be seen when a patient smiles. Lingual braces tend to be moderately expensive and can interfere with normal speech.
Dr. Karla Isaacs is a Columbia-trained orthodontist who brings to her practice both a fund of knowledge and breadth of clinical orthodontic modalities obtained from more than 15 years as an orthodontic specialist. She is a long time owner and director of 2 previous dental and orthodontic practices in New York City, having successfully seen both from their inception to their now 10+ years in operation.