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Adult Braces

Adult Braces in Indianapolis

A lot of people ask, "Can I still get braces as an adult?" Yes, adult braces are possible and you have a couple of different options in our Indianapolis dentist office:

  • Clear braces - called "clear aligners" you have the choice between Invisalign and Clear Correct brands
  • Traditional braces - these are what you probably grew up seeing, but now you have a clear "ceramic" option

Adult Braces in Indianapolis

Clear Braces

While most people think of “Invisalign” when they think of clear braces, there are other brands such as “Clear Correct” that may be another option Dr. Reese recommends. They are a similar type of technology, but work the same way. Both are considered “clear aligners” or “clear braces”. Read about what it's like to get clear aligners.

Traditional Braces

Ceramic braces are just like normal metal braces except that the brackets are made of ceramics instead of metal. This makes them slightly less obvious and makes the wire the only metal in the mouth. But the wire is so small that unless you’re really close, even the wire is not that noticeable. Compare traditional braces to clear aligners.

Why get braces as an adult?

Aside from aesthetic reasons, one would need braces to correct malocclusions or what is commonly known as a bad bite. Crooked or crowded teeth, overbites or underbites and incorrect jaw positions, when left untreated, may result in tooth decay problems, gum disease, TMJ disorders as well as speaking, chewing or digestive problems.

Indianapolis Adult Braces

Today, braces can be as discrete, or overt, as you desire! Dr. Reese offers both traditional, metal braces and non-metal, ceramic braces as well as your choice of clear aligners. All options can accomplish the same goal of improving your smile through controlled alignment over time. Call 317-882-0228 to ask about our consultation and insurance options!

Adult Orthodontics in Indianapolis

Today, because of newer options, advances in dental technology, and increasing awareness of the importance of oral health, more and more adults are open and less scared to get orthodontic help. Adult orthodontics in Indianapolis comprises 20% of the population of brace wearers.

Adult OrthodonticsAdult Orthodontics vs. Children/Teen Orthodontics

Jawbones in children and teens are still developing so orthodontic treatment is easily done. With adults, jawbones have stopped developing so they may need to undergo surgery to align their jaw before braces are worn. This is not a necessary step – there are cases where surgery is not needed and adults wear braces right after the treatment plan is approved and discussed by the dentist to the patient.

Adults are also more likely to have gum or bone loss because of gingivitis or periodontal disease.  There may also be cases of missing teeth that can cause other teeth to shift and tilt creating a bad bite or teeth to get worn down. All these make orthodontic treatment for adults require a different, more thoughtful approach.

Why You Should Consider Adult Orthodontics

  • Straight teeth are healthy teeth! Teeth that are properly aligned are easier to keep clean with flossing and brushing, and may help prevent other health problems.
  • Straight teeth gives you a beautiful smile and this in turn can help boost your self-confidence.
  • Braces can help manage some more serious issues, too, such as bite problems that cause jaw pain (TMJ disorder).

Adult Orthodontic Options

  • Metal braces are the traditionally known type of braces and the most common. They are made of high-grade stainless steel and attached to the front of teeth.
  • Clear ceramic braces are worn on the front of the teeth just like traditional steel braces. Unlike metal braces, they blend with the color of the teeth for a much less noticeable appearance.
  • Lingual (or concealed) braces have brackets that attach to the back of teeth, so they are hidden from view.
  • Invisalign is a popular option for adults. As the name suggests, this orthodontic treatment consists of nearly invisible devices that gradually straighten the teeth. One of our staff has used Invisalign to straighten her teeth. The aligners are easily removable for eating or brushing.

Contact Us

Customized care is a hallmark of everyone’s treatment at Indianapolis Dentistry. Dr. Reese offers orthodontics for children and adults and is happy to offer you an orthodontic evaluation to discuss your particular concerns and options. Drop us a call at 317-882-0228 or email today!

Braces for Adults

A lot of people ask, "Can I still get braces as an adult?" Dr. Reese would most likely answer, “Yes!" You're never too old to have braces. In fact, studies show that almost 20% of people who wear braces are adults. About 1 million Americans over the age of 18 wear braces. This is because of the newer option of wearing less visible braces like Invisalign.

Braces for Adults
Braces for Adults

Why would I still get braces as an adult?

Aside from aesthetic reasons, one would need braces to correct malocclusions or what is commonly known as a bad bite. Crooked or crowded teeth, overbites or underbites and incorrect jaw positions, when left untreated, may result in tooth decay problems, gum disease, TMJ disorders as well as speaking, chewing or digestive problems.

Would orthodontic treatment be different for me?

Your dentist should be able to tell you upfront that treatment might take longer because teeth are more anchored in the jaw. One the average, adults wear braces between 12 to 36 months. After treatment, adults may need to wear retainers to maintain the results too.

How do I find out if I need to wear braces?

Consults with your dentist. He will be able to advise you if braces are needed in your situation. Depending on the complexity of your situation, he may or may not refer you to an orthodontist, a dentist specializing in correcting the irregularities of teeth.

Why choose Dr. Reese at Indianapolis Dentistry?

When you decide to go to Indianapolis Dentistry for treatment there will be no need to make multiple, inefficient trips visiting your family dentist, getting a referral, AND finding an orthodontist. At our clinic, we do it ALL in office! Dr. Ted Reese utilizes holistic (whole-body) dentistry techniques in order to offer Indianapolis premier orthodontic treatment, in-office, at his dental surgery center just north of Greenwood, Indiana.

Here are some common questions you might want to ask at your initial consultation. Dr. Reese would probably tell you your options without you asking:

  • What are the costs involved?
  • How will the braces correct my problem?
  • How long will I need to wear braces?
  • What is the dentist's experience with my particular problem?
  • Will I be able to schedule appointments at convenient times?

How do I start treatment?

Once it has been determined that braces are needed for your situation, a treatment plan will be created based on reviews of your dental x-rays and dental impressions of your teeth. This is an imprint of your teeth in a mold. An impression is made by placing a viscous, thixotropic impression material into the mouth via a custom or stock dental impression tray. The material, then sets to become an elastic solid, and, when removed from the mouth, provides a detailed and stable negative of teeth.

Are there other options aside from wearing the traditional metal braces?

For adult options there are tooth colored or ceramic braces for complicated corrections or the recently popular ‘aligner’ therapies like Invisalign or Clearcorrect. These popular options for busy and professional adults help avoid the “braces appearance” but limitations do exist.

Would there be a big adjustment once I wear braces?

You probably will experience some discomfort or difficulty speaking or eating when you first receive your braces. Avoid hard foods such as candy, raw carrots, corn on the cob, pretzels, nuts, popcorn and crushed ice. Include sticky foods such as caramel, taffy and gum. These foods can get stuck between teeth and gums or bend wires and knock bands or brackets loose. If this results in damage to braces, treatment may be extended.

How can I prevent cavities with braces?

To reduce your risk of cavities, follow a regimen of brushing, flossing and rinsing. Reduce your consumption of sweets and carbohydrates. Good oral hygiene may also prevent decalcification (white spots) on teeth and tooth decay.

Our Invitation to You

Today’s braces can be as discrete, or overt, as you desire! We offer both traditional, metal braces and non-metal, ceramic braces. Both accomplish the same goal of improving your smile through controlled alignment over time. Call 317-882-0228 for fast and easy appointment scheduling and ask about our consultation and insurance options!