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Braces for Adults

Are you an adult, looking for orthodontic options? This article is just for you. You'll be surprised to see the myriad of choices available, in case of braces for adults.
Dr. Sumaiya Khan
Last Updated: Apr 9, 2018
Ever seen a teenage girl who flashes that million dollar smile at you, which you politely return, but with your lips tightly sealed? Are you still longing for those perfectly aligned pearly whites, while being too embarrassed to walk around as a thirty-year-old 'metal mouth'? Well, brace yourself for some good news, for braces for adults are a rage nowadays.

Misaligned teeth can often lead to more problems than just embarrassing smiles. They can lead to receding gums, difficulty in maintaining basic dental care, and increased risk of cavities and caries, among a variety of other troubles. Thus, in case of malocclusion (which is the scientific word for misaligned teeth), adult or not, straightening your teeth using orthodontic braces may be the right thing to do. Now, with ever-increasing dental awareness, adults have a plethora of options before them, to straighten their teeth. Here are a few of the golden options:
Metal braces
Metal Braces
Metal Braces
These are the regular ones, given to most patients. They are clearly visible in the oral cavity, and are traditionally assumed to be most affordable. Most adults would not prefer this option, but some who are working from home could avail of it.
: Braces with colored brackets
Braces with Colored Brackets
Braces with colored brackets
Interested in showing your wild side? Are you an unabashedly flamboyant fashionista who believes in wearing matching accessories head to toe? Are you ready to incorporate these brackets and wires in your lifestyle? Well then, instead of getting the usual off-putting and dull gray-green ligating modules on your brackets, request your orthodontist to put in ligature bands in colors like red, orange, or even fluorescent green! It'll give you a reason to smile even with braces on. You can also get the bands changed with successive sittings, to ensure maximum variety of colors, that will match your wardrobe collection.
Ceramic bracket braces
Ceramic Bracket Braces
Ceramic bracket braces
This a reasonably affordable option for adults. Here, the brackets used are made of tooth-colored, composite materials, and hence, they blend in, being less noticeable than traditional metal braces. However, being made of a sensitive material like composite, patients opting for these braces, need to be extra careful so as to avoid staining the brackets due to excessive smoking, or intake of tea, coffee, and cold drinks. On the whole, these braces have a camouflage effect, thus being popular with adults looking for affordable and aesthetic treatment options.
Lingual braces
Lingual Braces
Lingual braces
For individuals who have work profiles that require them to interact with people continuously, like air hostesses, receptionists, television anchors, public relations officers, etc., visible braces could put their job in jeopardy. Hence, a wonderful breakthrough in orthodontics has been the introduction of lingual braces. Here, the regular metal braces are placed on the inner surfaces of teeth, rendering them invisible to the naked eye. Most cases qualify for this kind of treatment, except for cases of severe cross bite or deep bite. However, extra care needs to be taken in case of lingual braces, as maintaining very good oral hygiene becomes of paramount importance lest one ends up with multiple cavities. With diligent efforts, care of dental braces can be made quite easy. Although these braces may be relatively high-priced, they manage to eliminate the mortifying, metal-mouth look. Hence, they are considered the best adult braces.
Invisalign Braces
Invisalign Braces
Invisalign braces
This is yet another aesthetically pleasing option for adults. In invisalign braces, straightening of teeth is done using plastic, clear, removable aligners. These are to be worn for a fixed period of time (normally two to three weeks), before they are replaced by slightly tighter sets of aligners. They can be removed while eating, and cleaning teeth. However, this advantage of being a conveniently removable treatment option is often abused. Invisalign braces are to be preferably worn for longer time spans, to ensure effectiveness of the treatment. Yet, it is indeed one of the best options for adults, looking to have their teeth aligned in a quick and highly aesthetic manner.
So, don't fight tooth and nail with your conscience about whether to get braces or not! You can now, confidently stride into your workplace with braces on, and look forward to an enviously aligned set of pearly whites in a matter of months.
Disclaimer: This article is solely for informative purpose, and not intended to replace the advice of medical experts. Consult an orthodontist to know which type of braces will suit your purpose and convenience.