Orthodontic Treatments For Adults
Braces and orthodontic treatments are not just for children. Almost half of our patients are adults requiring adult orthodontic treatments. Modern orthodontic treatments by experienced Orthodontists can help treat dental concerns for patients of all ages, so if you have a bite discrepancy, crooked teeth, overlapping teeth, a misaligned jaw, ‘buck’ teeth or one of many other dental complaints, Orthoworx can help find the adult brace you need.
See the smile, not the brace
Modern braces work hard to fix your smile. Cosmetic braces (including the Invisalign range) treat your condition without attracting unwanted attention. As a Platinum Elite Invisalign Provider, Orthoworx offers the complete range of braces for adults, including Invisalign and ceramic braces.
Why do I need orthodontic treatment for adults?
Adult orthodontics are teeth straightening and jaw alignment treatment options for adults, just as it is for children and teens.
Sometimes the issues are straightforward, sometimes they’re more complex, there are many reasons why adults choose to have their teeth straightened. Adults may have crooked teeth or a bad overbite from childhood but weren’t able to have it rectified until now. Genetics can also play into common orthodontic problems, or prolonged habits from childhood such as sucking your thumb can lead to front teeth misalignment.
It is also natural for teeth to wear down or shift as we age, even after receiving treatment in younger years. This is often when people who have had orthodontic treatments as children haven’t taken the necessary steps to ensure straight teeth for the long-term, i.e., not wearing retainers as instructed.
The most common situations where adult orthodontic treatment might be considered range from:
- Crowded, crooked or misplaced teeth.
- Protruding teeth (overbites).
- Deep bites.
- Jaw and/or facial asymmetry.
- Excessive spacing between the teeth.
- Realignment of the teeth prior to the placement of veneers, crowns, implants or even dentures.
The best orthodontic treatments for adults?
At Orthoworx, our experts comprehend that traditional metal braces aren’t the most appealing orthodontic solution. For adults, some are concerned that wearing visible braces could lead to unwanted impacts on their daily lives such as making them more self-conscious during work hours to negatively impacting people socially.
However, thanks to modern technology, we can deliver effective and inconspicuous orthodontic solutions for any adult, all of which can integrate comfortably with your lifestyle.
Adult braces and orthodontics available to you from Orthoworx include:
At Orthoworx, our experienced team can offer two types of retainers; removable or permanent. Retainers prevent your teeth from moving after they’ve been initially straightened with braces as over time, your teeth will try to shift back into their original position (known as a relapse). When issued and used as instructed, a permanent or removable retainer can prevent this from occurring.
Also known as wire retainers, these removable adult orthodontic solutions are made of thin metal wire and acrylic that is shaped to fit the roof of your mouth, or along the inside of the lower teeth. The attached metal is responsible for maintaining alignment.
Permanent retainers feature a braided wire curved to fit the shape of your straightened teeth. It is then bonded (cemented) to the inside of your front teeth to prevent them from moving from their new position. They are used when your specialist orthodontist believes the teeth are likely to relapse.
As their name suggests, ceramic braces (or porcelain braces), are a fantastic adult orthodontic treatment solution. For a look that is less noticeable, ceramic braces are celebrated for their strong material. The brackets themselves can either be cleared or colour-matched to the natural shade of your teeth. Combined with the traditional wiring method ceramic braces are far more appealing and discreet treatment options.
Lingual braces are another orthodontic treatment for adults that are virtually invisible as they are fitted behind your teeth- which means no metal brackets or wires on view. Lingual braces feature custom-made brackets and wires that are made to fit your teeth, providing extra control and delivering precise results. For adults with severely crowded teeth, spacing issues or overbite problems, these are the best option.
Invisalign For Adults
Clear aligners or trays, commonly known as Invisalign, are steadily growing to become the most popular orthodontic solution for adults. These nearly invisible aligners are the least disruptive treatment option for your lifestyle, allowing you to still eat, drink and clean when you want to, remove them as necessary all the while moving your teeth into their correct position.
Diamond Invisalign Provider
As a Diamond Invisalign Provider in Sydney, Orthoworx has the proven experience and highest quality of trained Orthodontists to help treat your dental concern with minimal inconvenience to you.
If you would like to consult one of our experienced Orthodontists in Sydney to find out how we can help treat your adult teeth, please click here to contact us.
Most health insurances don’t cover the cost of adult orthodontics. If you have private health care, you may have to consider purchasing ‘extras covers’ or upgrading your current plan to claim the benefits of orthodontic treatment for adults. Many private health insurers in Australia will contribute to orthodontic treatment including traditional braces, aligners and retainers as part of ‘Extras’ cover where Medicare can not.
While fixing crossbites whilst jaws and teeth are still in the developing stage is easier, and less complex, it is possible for orthodontists for adults to fix crossbites in adults. Adults with mild to moderate misalignment may get away with traditional orthodontic braces, but in some cases, adults may require jaw surgery and other invasive solutions as part of their treatment plan. Most orthodontists will suggest multiple treatment options to fix more serious crossbites, including orthodontic braces to move the teeth back into the correct position, using an expander to widen the jaws and a combination of aligners.
Adult braces are usually more expensive than children’s braces due to the longer treatment length. In Australia, the cost of ceramic braces can range from $5,000 to $8,500 for a standard 18-month treatment. Meanwhile, traditional metal braces can cost up to $8,000 or more.
Compared to children, it takes about two to three years for adult braces to deliver the desired outcomes on average. However, this is dependent on the circumstances and the severity of your orthodontic issue.
100%! With a leading orthodontist, orthodontic treatment for adults will not only leave you with a stunning smile but braces prevent future tooth decay and other oral health issues in the future. Ensuring that your teeth are properly aligned also means that they are easier to clean to prevent avoidable illnesses. Book an appointment with Orthoworx and we can find a suitable treatment plan that meets your lifestyle and budget.
Braces, metal or ceramic, are just as viable a treatment option as lingual braces, Invisalign and retainers. With modern advancements orthodontic treatment is an option for most adults with crooked teeth or uneven bites, just as it is for children and teenagers. For some adults, the thought of having traditional braces is unappealing and could negatively impact their social and work lives. Thanks to leading industry technology, adult braces are now available in a much wider range of discrete options.
Whether you’re uncomfortable with your current smile, have trouble with maintaining oral hygiene due to the crooked placement of your teeth, or experiencing pain or oral discomfort from eating, opting for adult braces could be beneficial for you in the long run. Like children’s and teenagers braces, adult braces aren’t permanent. Once treatment ends, you’ll be left with a sparkling smile that you’ll love.
No matter their age, ethnicity or background, Orthoworx has dedicated itself in creating beautiful smiles for children right through to adults. Striving for excellence in quality care, the company aims to provide top-of-the-line adult orthodontic treatments at affordable rates. We stand by using only the most modern equipment, superior materials and industry-leading treatments guaranteeing you the highest standard of service. We offer personal treatment to every individual who walks through our doors, assessing the needs of each patient so we can tailor-make a plan that suits your needs. Get in touch with us to book an appointment.