Do you know any adults who wear braces? Chances are high that you do now, or have in the past. There’s also the likelihood that you’ve never noticed if they have invisible braces.

Research tells us that more and more adults are comfortable with the orthodontic appliances available in today’s market. This is because of innovative changes in the field along with the many benefits invisible braces offer adults.

Although it is ideal to complete orthodontic treatment while you’re still growing, any age is the right age to achieve a straighter, healthier smile.

Invisible Braces Adults Love

Today, orthodontics is more affordable and available than ever before. Whilst braces can feel like you’re being transported back to your youth - and braces are sort of like a badge of honour at that age - they’re considered not so cool when you’re an adult.

As adults, we’re judged on appearance both socially and professionally. Looks matter, which is why you might be considering braces. You may be after a healthier smile, a confidence boost and just want to feel great about yourself. Fortunately, there are several less obtrusive options than braces that are available to you, including:

Invisalign

When it comes to Invisalign treatment, there are no restrictions on what you can eat or drink. Clear, almost invisible aligners are changed every one to two weeks for the duration of your treatment and worn for a minimum of 22 hours a day. 

During Invisalign treatment, you don’t have to visit the orthodontist as often as you would with metal braces, making it easier to balance other commitments. However, Invisalign doesn’t work for some bite issues.

For some bites, Invisalign may be the perfect option, but for trickier orthodontic work, you may require a combination of both invisible lingual braces and Invisalign.

Lingual Braces

You probably know that traditional metal braces fit on the outside of the teeth, making them hard to hide. With lingual invisible braces, the braces sit on the inside of your teeth, making them mostly unnoticeable, and ideal for adults who are concious of their image.

Why Do Adults Get Braces?

Many adults feel discouraged about getting braces, but it can be a great experience. If you didn’t receive orthodontic treatment growing up, here are 4 reasons you may want to consider invisible braces as an adult:

  1. Even Healthy Teeth Move

Healthy teeth can shift at any age, even during adulthood. This can change your bite and a crooked smile becomes more crooked, altering your appearance as time goes on.

  1. Convenience and Discretion

Modern braces are less noticeable and of a high quality. Today, you can opt for invisible braces for adults that are discreet, convenient and highly effcient.

  1. Your Smile Matters

Often, your smile is the first thing people notice, which is why your smile matters. You want a smile to be proud of, and braces can help.

  1. Misaligned Teeth Lead to Problems

Crooked teeth can make it difficult to properly clean away plaque and bacteria and this can lead to gum disease and tooth decay if not removed regularly. Braces can achieve a straight smile, making it easier to clean those difficult areas of the mouth.

With such great reasons to consider orthodontic treatment as an adult, let’s take a look at why adults love invisible braces.

Why Adults Choose Invisible Braces

We’ve mentioned that teeth continue to shift as we age. Whether it’s due to not getting treatment done during your growing years or late-life tooth movement, plenty of adults long for a straighter smile.

But whilst no one bats an eyelid at a teenager or child with braces, some adults are self-conscious about the idea of metal braces in terms of their career and social life.

This is where invisible braces like lingual braces or Invisalign come to the rescue.

Lingual braces, especially, are exceptional at closing spaces between the teeth, rotating them to an extent and correcting the height of teeth. Best of all, any discolouration that might occur during your orthodontic treatment with the braces isn’t visible.

Lingual braces are an excellent option for people who play wind instruments, like the clarinet or saxophone. They’re also a good choice for athletes and professionals who face the public or often have to make presentations.

How Do Invisible Braces Actually Work?

Lingual braces are personalised especially for you. The archwires and brackets are created with the help of 3D imaging and CAD technology. The software and digital imaging customise the entire process to your mouth.

Digital impressions of your mouth are taken and then the special software designs a virtual image while a robot creates the wires. Once your braces are made, they’re cemented to the insides of your teeth.

The invisible braces follow the contours of your teeth, providing better comfort and giving you a beautiful smile with as little inconvenience or self-consciousness as possible.

Adults who get invisible braces are usually pleased with their decision. While they may taking getting used to for the first week or two, everything settles down as you become accustomed to your braces.

Straighter Teeth for Life

The ultimate goal of orthodontic treatment is to retain a straight and healthy smile for life. The benefits of invisible braces extend way beyond a pretty smile, though. In fact, they provide the opportunity to improve oral health problems, while raising your confidence level in your day to day life.

Not every adult is a candidate for invisible braces, but the products available do provide a wide array of adults with better oral health.

As companies continue to improve orthodontic techniques, more adults actually look forward to getting braces that are discreet, cost-effective and that work quickly for a healthier smile.

You don’t need to be a model, musician or sportsperson to enjoy straighter teeth. Thanks to invisible braces, you can correct alignment issues and boost your confidence without anyone noticing.

Find out if you’re a candidate for invisible braces today. Book a consultation with Dr. Geoffrey Wexler in Melbourne to discuss your treatment options.