In the past, braces were something typically worn by children to adjust their smile and bite pattern as their jaw continues to grow. However, as you age, several different factors can cause your bite to develop an improper alignment. At the same time, some adults will seek out braces for cosmetic reasons.
Traditional braces with visible metal brackets and wires are less popular with adults for cosmetic reasons. For some people, ceramic braces offer a little more visual appeal because they can be matched to the color of your existing teeth. Lingual braces are just like traditional braces except they are secured behind the teeth. The disadvantage of lingual braces is that they can sometimes be hard to clean.
For adults that require minor cosmetic adjustments, clear braces, such as Invisalign®
and ClearCorrect®, have been growing in popularity. These aligners are made from a clear, durable plastic. In most cases, the casual observer can rarely even notice you have them in!
Every two weeks you will switch to a new set of aligners as your teeth gradually conform to your ideal placement. Ideally, you will need to wear the aligners for 20 to 22 hours each day.
If you have questions about what bite adjustment options are right for you, please call us at 914.472.9595 to schedule an appointment.