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Orthodontics For Adults: Treatment & Benefits

Orthodontics For Adults: Treatment & Benefits

More adults are choosing to have orthodontic treatments for both aesthetic and oral health reasons. Our Manitoba team explains orthodontic treatment options and benefits for adults.

Reasons For Straightening Teeth

If teeth are improperly aligned, a number of oral health issues can arise. Speech may be impaired, the jaw may not function properly, and uneven tooth wear may result.

Misaligned teeth might also have a negative impact on oral hygiene. When teeth are correctly aligned, it's easier to keep them clean with regular brushing and flossing routines. Germs and food debris can linger on the teeth when there is a misalignment and the teeth overlap, brushing and flossing might not reach these areas as easily. Gum disease and tooth decay might arise as a result of this.

Like kids and teens, adults can experience anxieties as a result of their teeth's misalignment. They may avoid taking photographs, speaking openly, smiling, or even eating in public if they are uncomfortable doing so.

For all of these reasons and more, receiving orthodontic treatment as an adult can provide a number of benefits.

Low-Profile Orthodontic Options

Adults may not seek orthodontic treatment because they are concerned about the aesthetics of braces. Fortunately, though, dental technology has come a long way, and there are many discreet treatment options for adult patients to choose from.

Clear Aligners

Clear, custom-made plastic aligners are almost indiscernible when worn over the teeth. Over the course of treatment, they move the teeth into the desired positions with gentle, constant pressure.

Patients may eat, drink, clean and floss their teeth as they usually would while using clear aligners, which are also detachable.

For adult patients, clear aligners are an appealing orthodontic treatment choice because of their transparency.

Braces

Our Manitoba office offers a variety of braces for the adult patient, including:

Lingual Braces

Unless the patient opens their mouth wide, it is difficult to see these braces. Lingual braces are put on the 'back' of the teeth (the side facing the patient's mouth).

Ceramic Braces

Ceramic braces feature brackets that are composed of a tooth-coloured ceramic material that is meant to fit in with the patient's natural teeth. Despite the fact that the ceramic brackets are somewhat bigger than typical metal brackets, they should be far less obvious when they are worn.

Self Ligating Braces

Self-ligating braces include fewer brackets and do not require the use of elastic or metal ties, offering patients another low-profile alternative that is suitable for adults who would like to have a minimal impact on their appearance.

Which treatment option is right for you?

Your orthodontist can discuss the advantages and disadvantages of each orthodontic treatment option with you, and will assist you in determining which option is the most appropriate for your dental health requirements and way of life.

If you're an adult who is considering orthodontic treatment, we encourage you to contact our Manitoba office to discuss your treatment options.

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