It’s a total misconception that only the younger population should be concerned about teeth alignment. Adults can have orthodontic treatments not just to improve their physical appearance, but also to reduce the risk of having gum disease, bone loss, speech impairment, tooth decay, and other oral health problems. It is essential for adults to know what treatment options are available for them. Here are the top five orthodontic treatments for adults in 2018.

  1. Orthodontic Traditional Braces

Getting traditional orthodontic braces at any age is one of the most effective ways to achieve straight teeth and fight problems that could arise from misalignment. Orthodontic braces do not provide only correct alignment of teeth; it also helps people avoid the gum disease, tooth decay, and chronic pain – which are some of the typical oral health problems of adults. The treatment can be as short as a few months or as long as a couple of years depending on the complexity or the severity of the oral problem. During the entire duration of the treatment, patients are expected to visit their orthodontics regularly for checkup, cleaning, and adjustment.

  1. Invisalign Orthodontics

Invisalign is a different method of straightening teeth without using the traditional braces. Invisalign is primarily custom-made plastic aligners that helps adjust the teeth with ease. It can be removed any time of the day when you need to eat, brush your teeth, and when you need to go to sleep. Using invisible plastic aligners is a lot easier to maneuver compared to using braces because a dentist can only remove the latter. If you decide to use Invisalign, you will get dental impressions and digital X-rays first. The orthodontist will give you instructions on how to wear the Invisalign and how often until you switch to a new set.

  1. Cosmetic Tooth Alignment

Cosmetic tooth alignment is a quick way to move teeth into their ideal position. It applies lesser pressure compared to traditional braces, but the results can be permanent. Dentists thoroughly clean the teeth before using the cosmetic tooth alignment brackets. The brackets are placed and bonded into the teeth, and they stay there until the teeth are aligned. As always, patients are expected to observe proper oral hygiene on their own. They should also visit their dentists at least once a month to assess the condition of the teeth in case the wires and brackets need to be adjusted.

4.Hybrid Invisalign

A hybrid Invisalign combines the use of traditional braces and invisible braces to achieve both the benefits that they bring. When the problem is more than teeth alignment, braces can be helpful correct the teeth and reduce problems with bad bites, gum infection, and spaced teeth. The combination treatment works for patients who have severe oral health problems but wants to experience the convenience of using invisible braces.

  1. Orthognathic Surgery

Orthognathic surgery or corrective jaw surgery is a significant and complicated treatment performed for patients to reposition their jaws so that the teeth can come together. This surgery is usually avoided if there are still other ways to treat or correct teeth alignment. Orthognathic surgery is performed not only to improve the patient’s appearance. It has far better use in solving functional problems such as the ability to speak, swallow, bite, or breath properly.


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