3 Orthodontic Options For Adults

Even if you start out with straight teeth, you could eventually require orthodontic treatment. The alignment of your teeth can be crooked due to a genetic predisposition. However, your teeth can also become misaligned due to shifting from trauma, age or a missing tooth.

A blow to your mouth that occurs from sports or an automotive accident can force your teeth into improper alignment. In addition, loss of bone mass that occurs with age can cause your teeth to shift over time. Since, a tooth serves as a placeholder for adjacent teeth, your teeth can even move out of place due to the space that is left by a lost tooth. Nevertheless, regardless of the reason for the misalignment, adults have multiple orthodontic options available to straighten their teeth. Here are a few:


Invisalign is an orthodontic system that uses clear plastic trays to shift your teeth into proper position. A set of Invisalign trays is used for about two weeks before being exchanged for the next set of assigned trays in your alignment progression.

The trays are removable, so you can take them out to eat or clean your teeth. However, for the best results, your orthodontist will normally suggest that you wear your trays for at least 20 to 22 hours per day. 

Damon System Braces

Damon braces have self-litigating brackets made of metal or ceramic. These brackets differ from those of traditional braces because they are fashioned with tiny tunnel-like holes through which the archwire of the braces passes. With conventional braces, the archwire is attached to the brackets using elastic ligatures. 

The elastic bands of traditional braces create a frictional force that the alignment force of the braces must overcome to straighten your teeth. The self-litigating brackets of Damon braces don't generate this friction. Thus, with Damon system braces, your teeth are moved more easily using less force.

Conventional Ceramic Braces

Conventional ceramic braces function in the same manner as traditional braces. However, the brackets are made of ceramic instead of metal. 

Ceramic braces are often called clear braces because the white ceramic is difficult for observers to discern on your teeth. Since ceramic brackets are more expensive than metal brackets, your orthodontist may suggest that you only have the ceramic braces applied to the teeth in the front of your mouth. Those teeth that are not visible when you speak or smile can be fitted with metal brackets.

If you need to have the alignment of your teeth corrected, there are multiple options available. Schedule a consultation with an orthodontist in your area to determine which option is best for you.