Orthodontics for Adults
Recent surveys by the American Association of Orthodontists show that almost 20% of patients accessing orthodontic care are adults. If your smile is not what you want it to be please be assured that it is never too late to fix it.
Today we have many more aesthetic and comfortable alternatives for the adult orthodontic patient than even 5 years ago. Modern alternatives are available to suit a variety of budgets and treatment aims, in a plethora of shapes, materials and sizes. In general, no brace is superior to another in terms of treatment efficiency, but each category has its own pros and cons. Our dentists can talk you through the best option for you.
Metal (self-ligating braces) are the most common in use today; they are economical and have been traditionally used to correct a wide variety of issues. Contemporary self-ligating appliances securely position the wire in place during treatment.
Ceramic (clear brackets) are more discreet than metal appliances.
Lingual braces are traditional “train track” like braces placed behind the teeth, virtually concealing the appliance from view.
Combination type braces consist primarily of one appliance type in the upper teeth and another in the lower teeth; they provide a good compromise between comfort, price and aesthetics.
Removable clear aligner therapy, such as Invisalign® and Whitesmileclear, are clear plastic trays, individually made for the teeth. Patients are given a set of trays every few weeks to gradually align your teeth. These are discreet and virtually invisible. [link to invisalign]; [link to whitesmile pages]
Cfast – Cfast stands for 'Cosmetically Focused Adult Straight Teeth'. Cfast is a simple cosmetic system which uses orthodontic appliances specially designed to straighten the front teeth of adults to provide a significant improvement in the appearance of their smile in a time frame of usually less than 6 months. [link to cfast page]