Orthodontic treatments today are no longer just for kids. Many adults are choosing to have orthodontic treatments not only to correct dental issues that may have affected their oral health, but also for the cosmetic benefits of straight teeth. Orthodontic treatments for adults include both traditional and clear braces and, for those who want to be more discreet with their treatment, clear aligners. While traditional braces for adults work the same as those for children, the length of the treatment time may be longer.
The teen years are a suitable time to begin orthodontic treatments. The bone in the jaw of a teenager is still moldable by moving teeth because it has not yet set in its shape. Gaps, crooked teeth, overcrowding of teeth and improper alignment of bites can all be corrected during the teenage years. While no teenager looks forward to wearing braces for a year or two, there have been advances in orthodontic technology that gives more choices for orthodontic teeth straightening like metal vs ceramic braces and the choice of the color combination of the tiny rubber bands.
When you here the term braces, it is usually in reference to the traditional braces that require the use of metal wires and brackets. These braces are typically recommended for cases requiring more sever correction as a result of their durability.