There’s a common assumption that if you missed the adolescent window to correct teeth alignment that you’re too late. Some also believe that having had braces in childhood means they won’t need adjustments in adulthood. All of this is untrue. In fact, over time, our teeth become more misaligned. That’s why our adult orthodontic treatment options are so popular. Many adults are hesitant about the idea of spending months or years with a mouth full of metal braces. That’s why we offer more convenient, grown-up options to fit your busy lifestyle.
The Problem with Traditional Braces
Metals, wires, and brackets aren’t for everyone. For busy professionals who’d rather not spend months investing time with complicated dental appliances, traditional braces may not be best. Typically, wire braces are worn between 12-18 months, depending on the severity of misalignment and crowding. In that time, careful care is required for the teeth and the appliance. Lifestyle changes are necessary and some find that wearing metal braces is awkward. Although traditional braces are the best way to treat complex, advanced issues of crowding, they aren’t the only way.
The Advantages of Clear Aligners
Clear aligner trays allow you to live your life with minimal adjustments. The aligner trays are discreet and clear, giving the appearance of your natural smile. They can be easily removed and cleaned, and you don’t have to make any adjustments to your diet, as you would with traditional braces. Clear aligners are often less of an investment in time and money, depending on your individual needs. Many adults prefer clear aligners to straighten teeth for the first time, or to boost alignment after having traditional braces as children.
Other Options for Convenient Straightening
At Chesterfield Dentistry, we offer Six Month Smiles in addition to the Clear Aligner option. Six Month Smiles is the perfect option for those who only want to wear braces for six months. Although six months smiles do not cover the entire smile, they do include metal and wires that need to be worn throughout the six month period. They are a convenient choice for anyone who wants faster results and doesn’t mind a few months of metal smiles.