Orthodontic Options for Adults
Conventional Orthodontics (Braces) - While many people undergo orthodontic treatment at a young age, an estimated 30 percent of orthodontic patients are adults. Braces consist of two primary components: brackets and wires. The brackets are bonded to the front surface of the teeth and are connected with arch wire that Dr. Kasun will gradually tighten during the course of treatment. Braces move teeth into their correct occlusion through tension applied to the brackets by the wires. Adult orthodontics can take anywhere from 12 to 36 months to complete correction of teeth. In some cases, an accelerated treatment may be possible for very small adjustments.
Invisalign® - Invisalign® is an orthodontic treatment that is highly popular with adults. Unlike braces which require visible metal wires and brackets, Invisalign uses a series of clear plastic aligners to gently move your teeth into their ideal position, often in as few as 8-12 months. Minor corrections can be made in just a few short months.
While fast treatment requires that you wear your aligners at all times, exceptions are made for eating and homecare. The ability to remove your aligners for these tasks eliminates the dietary restrictions put in place during typical orthodontic treatment and allows you to keep your teeth healthy and bright, even during your treatment phase.
Invisalign offers a number of benefits when compared to traditional braces. These include:
No dietary restrictions
No interference with dental hygiene vistis
Plastic aligners will not cut gums or lips, or irritate other oral tissue
Virtually undetectable treatment
Faster treatment period
The many benefits of Invisalign make them the ideal choice for many of our patients. During your Invisalign consultation, Dr. Kasun or Dr. Higgins will examine your teeth and jaw, answer any questions you may have, and help you determine if this is the best solution for you.