Are your crooked teeth always on your mind? Do you worry about the pictures of yourself? It can be frustrating when you have to consistently hide your smile if your teeth aren’t straight or perfect. Even if you had braces before, as an adult, your teeth shift and change.
You aren’t out of options, however. Many people think that braces are only for children, but you’re in for some great news. Not only can adults get braces, but there are braces options available that are better for adults.
5 Basic Benefits of Adult Braces
When you ask a dentist like Dr. Hodges, braces are a great option for several reasons beyond the straightforward improvement in the appearance of your smile. Benefits of adult orthodontia can include:
- Headache and muscle pain relief
- Better overall mouth health
- Reduced chance of gum disease
- Misaligned bite correction
- Easier cleaning
Whether you are readjusting after a tooth extraction, trying to sleep better or just smile more naturally, talk to your Tulsa dentist today to start your better smile journey.
New Tech, New Smile, New You
It may be hard to believe, but there are more options for teeth straightening than the uncomfortable wire braces. When trying for that perfect smile, there’s only one thing you need to do: ask your dentist. From there, Dr. Hodges and her expert team can recommend the best option for your smile, but there are three main options that you will be able to consider.
Your first option is traditional braces. These are attached to your teeth using metal brackets and wires. One of the benefits of this choice is the proven results that they offer. They control teeth movement and offer stability for your smile repair. The main downside about traditional braces is how they look, which can be a little frustrating, but not a reason why you should ignore orthodontia.
Your next option is ceramic or clear braces. This option has the same basic structure as traditional braces except they exert a far gentler pressure on your teeth and gums. The lower pressure does mean that it takes longer to make significant changes, but keeps the pain at a lower threshold. These are usually recommended for those with weaker teeth for safety. The other benefit of ceramic braces are that they are less obvious than the silver wires and brackets of traditional braces.
Another option you have that not many people know about is lingual braces.The reason you may not have heard about lingual braces is because they are only recommended in specific cases. Placed on the part of your teeth that your tongue touches, lingual braces help correct spacing, mild crowding, and minor alignment issues.
Your final orthodontic option is Invisalign braces. Using clear or ‘invisible’ plastic aligners, your teeth shift and move into the correct position. The best thing about this option is that you don’t have to change your eating habits, or worry about food getting stuck in the wires and causing further dental problems down the road.
Contact a Tulsa Dentist Today!
Crooked teeth make frowning more comfortable than smiling? Let’s turn that frown upside down! Contact Dr. Hodges today. Please call (918) 528-3330 for an appointment with a Tulsa cosmetic dentist at élan by Dr. Meghan Hodges.