Braces for adults: what are my options?

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Braces for adults: what are my options?

In the past, braces were perceived as just being for teenagers. The devices were bulky, cumbersome and uncomfortable. Being told you needed a straightening aid was considered a prison sentence for your teeth.


Sure, braces are a means of attaining straight teeth, but the previous methods used were off-putting, especially for adults with crooked teeth.


Thanks to advancements made in modern orthodontics, it is now possible for people of all ages to straighten their teeth without the fear of being stigmatised.


With modern braces an emphasis has been placed on the user experience of wearing them, and not just focussed on the results. People are looking for devices that are discreet, comfortable to wear and that will not restrict their lives.


So what are the options at our dentist in Green Square? We offer Damon Fastbraces and Invisalign to our patients who want an alternative to metal braces.


What are Damon Fastbraces?


A Damon Fastbrace is a permanent feature affixed to the front of your teeth, much like traditional methods but this is where the similarity ends.


Unlike regular metal braces, Damon Fastbraces are self-ligating. In layman’s terms, this means that the elastic bands typically wrapped around the metal brackets to hold the archwire in place are not used. Instead, slide mechanisms are used that clip and secure the wire.


Slide mechanisms are both functional and have an aesthetic appeal. For one, by replacing the elastic bands, our dentist in Green Square can adjust your brackets without hassle, which means your follow-up appointments are simple, fast and less-frequent. At the same time, and without there being elastics, Damon Fastbraces are nearly invisible and therefore more pleasing to the eye.


Studies have also shown that treatment time is faster than traditional methods. You can get straighter teeth approximately six months earlier than you usually would with a traditional orthodontic device at the dentist in Green Square.


Tell me about Invisalign


Invisalign uses advanced 3D technology to create transparent plastic retainers. Over time, these retainers move your teeth incrementally.


Instead of using a permanent device, we supply you with multiple sets of retainers that you change using every two weeks as per our instructions. These retainers are all differently shaped, the purpose of which is to reposition only a few teeth at a time. If you want a wireless and metal-free device that works to straighten your crooked teeth or mild overbite, Invisalign might be the answer you have been looking for.


What makes Invisalign or invisible braces desirable?


As mentioned beforehand, Invisalign is not only functional but makes the experience of wearing an orthodontic aid comfortable and user-friendly.


Apart from the initial discomfort of your teeth and tongue adjusting to Invisalign after you replace your aligner every two weeks, your experience with the device should overall be a good one. You also will not have to put up with some of the potential issues traditional braces can causes, such as mouth sores caused by metal and skin rubbing against each other.


Other benefits of Invisalign include their removable and invisible nature. You can go about your daily life wearing the aligner trays without anyone noticing; the device is transparent and entirely discreet. You can also enjoy eating what you like unobstructed by wires in your mouth, as you can remove the Invisalign brace as you like.


Are you looking to get adult braces? Consult with us, and we will find a device that matches your needs!


All treatment carries risks. Individual consultation is required with one of our practitioners to ensure that the treatment is right for you.