The quickest and most efficient appliance for achieving excellent results. Traditional metal braces are the most common type of braces and are smaller and more comfortable today than ever before.
The braces are made of high-grade stainless steel, metal braces straighten your teeth using metal brackets and wires. The metal braces show off the over 40 braces color ties you can change each appointment.
Gold braces can provide a cosmetically pleasing alternative to metal braces. Many people feel that the look of gold braces is more cosmetically pleasing than traditional metal braces. Some feel that its appearance is warmer and therefore allows their braces to blend in better with their skin tones and jewelry.
Some people like the idea of gold braces because they are attracted to the appearance of the metal itself. They feel that the luster of gold makes their braces standout in the sense that they look unique or distinctive, possibly somewhat reminiscent of fine quality jewelry.
Ceramic Braces are braces that are the same size and shape as metal braces but are tooth colored to blend in with the teeth. They are a lot less noticeable than metal braces and move teeth quicker and more effectively than invisible aligners. Ceramic braces can be a great alternative to metal braces or clear aligners.
> They’re less visible than metal braces.
> They move teeth more precisely than clear aligners
> Clear aligners, like Invisalign and Smile Direct, require more work because you have to constantly remove them, brush your teeth and replace them every time you eat or drink anything but water.
> Clear aligners don’t always work for severe bite problems.
> They move teeth slower than metal braces because ceramic has higher friction
> They may stain. Not the braces but the elastic ties holding the wire to the brackets can stain easily if you eat tomato sauce, mustard or other dark foods or drinks.
At what age is a patient too old for orthodontics?
Patients who have healthy teeth and supporting structures are never too old for orthodontic therapy. Age is not a factor!
Why are adults seeking orthodontics in increasing numbers?
More than 92% of adults agree that an attractive smile is an important social asset. Nearly 88% of adults say they remember someone with an especially attractive smile. 74% agree that an unattractive smile can hurt a person's chances for career success. Many adults are receiving orthodontic care that was not available to them as children. Adults realize that improving oral health and aesthetics can also improve their personal and professional lives. Technical advances have also promoted adult therapy.
What are some of those advances?
Cosmetic alternatives such as Invisalign clear removable aligners and clear ceramic braces have increased adult acceptance of orthodontic treatment. The use of new hi-tech wires results in little to no discomfort and significantly reduce the need for extractions. These low force wires with shape memory also reduce the number of appointments required and overall treatment time, thereby minimizing the impact of orthodontic treatment on your professional and personal life.
How Much Do Adult Braces Cost?
On average, orthodontic treatment may cost anywhere from $2,000 to $5,000 without dental insurance, depending on the type of braces you get.
Do Adult Braces Cost More?
Many orthodontic office have separate fees for adults and children. But at Thomas Orthodontics the price for braces and Invisalign is the same for children and adults.
There are a number of social factors that affect adults interested in treatment. These include higher levels of:
· Treatment expectations
· Concern with appearance
· Discomfort from wearing appliances
· Willingness to cooperate with orthodontic instructions
Adult patients obviously want the best results, in the shortest amount of time and with the lowest level of discomfort or inconvenience. They also want to know more about what the orthodontist is doing and why, and may look for more information about the cost breakdown of each portion of treatment.
With adults now comprising up to 30 percent of patients, some offices are focusing their attention on the specifics of adult orthodontics. If you're considering some corrective treatment, consider the issues that can affect you.
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