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What You Need to Know About Braces for Adults

Last updated 2 years ago

More adults than ever before are seeking out the expert care of orthodontists in order to obtain the beautiful, straight smiles they’ve always wanted. With advancements in orthodontic technology and accessibility to qualified orthodontists, it’s not hard to understand why. If you are an adult who is considering getting braces, here’s what you need to know:

Today’s braces are more discreet than ever. Today, the metal brackets used for braces are a fraction of the size of those used just a few decades ago. This means that even if you do opt for traditional metal braces, they will have a minimal impact on your smile. You also have options for clear braces, porcelain tooth-colored braces, and even braces that go on the lingual side of your teeth for complete invisibility. There is also the option of Invisalign, which consists of a series of clear, removable orthodontic trays.

Today’s braces are more efficient than ever. If you are worried about spending years in the orthodontist’s chair having your braces tweaked, re-tweaked, and then tweaked some more, put your mind at rest. The majority of adults with braces today only need a maximum of 20 months of treatment, and some complete treatment sooner. Every case is unique, of course, but better technology in orthodontics means shorter treatment times for everyone.

Today’s braces make maintaining oral health easier than ever. Having a properly aligned smile makes it much easier to keep your mouth healthy. Crowding, gaps, and overlapping all can make brushing and flossing more difficult and less effective. If you have struggled to maintain your oral health because of alignment issues, you owe it to yourself to speak to an orthodontist about your options and how orthodontic treatment can help.

To learn more information about adult braces or to schedule an appointment with an orthodontist in the Long Island City area, contact Astoria Family Orthodontics. We offer a number of different orthodontic treatment options, making it easy for you to find the right treatment to meet your needs. Call (718) 278-0358 or visit our website for more information.


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