You may have reached a time in life where you want to do something special for yourself. Maybe it's something you have waited on while climbing up a corporate ladder or taking care of your family. One option is a smile makeover! Many professionals are deciding now is the time to invest in their smile by signing up for adult braces.
Often thought of as a right of passage for teens, adult braces are a growing part of the orthodontic industry. About 30 percent of U.S. orthodontic patients with braces in 2020 were adults. At Sky Dental, we have an expert staff ready to help you with any dental need including finding the right adult braces option.
Why Do I Need Braces?
Many adults decide on braces to improve their smile and straighten teeth leading to many benefits in their professional and personal lives. According to the American Association of Orthodontist (AAO), straightening your teeth has health benefits that are far reaching. When your teeth don’t fit together properly, they don’t work properly and this can lead to problems.
When adults get braces and in turn straightened teeth, their teeth are easier to clean. When teeth are crowded or crooked, there are more nooks and crannies for plaque to build which can lead to cavities and gum disease. If you find you have issues with any of the following signs, it is important to make an appointment with your local Phoenix orthodontist as soon as possible.
Signs pointing to the need for braces include:
- Difficulty flossing between teeth
- Crowded or crooked teeth
- An overbite or underbite
- Gaps in your teeth
- Teeth that don’t meet properly
- Jaw makes noises or clicks
- Pain or tiredness in jaw after chewing
Braces Options for Adults
When choosing braces the two primary types are Invisalign or Metal. The metal braces offered are sleeker and more comfortable than types offered in the past. When wearing metal braces, your orthodontist will see you for a check up about every six weeks. This will include adjustments, if needed, and a band swap. Metal braces include molar bands, brackets and wires working together to move your teeth. The colored bands of your choice hold the wires in place. Your orthodontist will bend and tighten the wires to guide your teeth to move together, apart or rotate as needed. Metal braces are visible but may be the most affordable braces option.
With Invisalign, the orthodontist uses clear liners which are changed out every few weeks. You can think of it as being similar to a thin night guard and they are basically hidden. The clear liners or trays are made using a mold of your mouth which will be taken at your first appointment. Typically it takes several weeks to get the first set with each following set undergoing small adjustments to gradually straighten your smile. The clear liners can be removed to eat and to brush your teeth. Most orthodontic concerns can be taken care of with Invisalign braces, however some may require metal braces. Your orthodontist will be able to determine this with an evaluation.
Same Day Braces
Many adults are busy and on the go with career, families and other obligations. We offer same day braces for adults with the initial fitting process done in as little as two visits. We will be happy to discuss the same-day program during your initial consultation to see if it is a good fit for your orthodontic needs.
We have a full service office with orthodontics on-site at Sky Dental Arizona. You will have added convenience, plus peace of mind, knowing your braces are being handled by dental professionals you trust in one office. Isn’t time to invest in something that is important to you? Your straight, healthy smile will be worth it! Call us today and let us discuss braces options for adults with you.