Differences between kids and adult orthodontics
While orthodontists can move healthy teeth at any age, your jaws have finished growing and developing as an adult, so we can’t achieve changes in your existing jaw structure with orthodontic devices in the same way we can with children and teens who are still growing. In addition, gum disease (periodontal disease) is more common in adults than in children. If you’re an adult experiencing mild to severe gum disease, you must address it before beginning any orthodontic treatment.
These are likely what you think of when picturing braces; however, today’s metal braces are smaller, lighter, more comfortable and more convenient than ever.
Clear braces work like metal braces but use a ceramic material that blends in with the natural teeth, making them a perfect option for adults looking for a more discreet orthodontic treatment option.
Lingual braces, also known as invisible braces, are the most discreet form of orthodontic treatment, as they are attached to the back (tongue side) of the teeth, where others cannot see them at all.
Clear aligners, such as the popular Invisalign® system, are a series of customized and removable plastic trays that gradually straighten your teeth as you wear them.
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