Braces for adults - Fixed or loose?

Depending on the severity of the malocclusion, the dentist will recommend a suitable technique and shape of the braces. Best known are the so-called brackets. It is a solid braces, which can lead to visible success even in severe deformities of the teeth in adulthood. In this case, a bracket is attached to each tooth in a row of teeth, which is traversed by a wire. As a result, a desired pressure can be exerted on the teeth. Therefore, the wire should be readjusted every 4 weeks.

Fixed braces with brackets

Brackets are available in different materials. The metal brackets are immediately visible when laughing, which often disturbs even adults. Far more aesthetic are brackets made of plastic or ceramic. Disadvantage of these materials, however, is that ceramic is difficult to dislodge from the tooth and plastic can discolor yellowish by nicotine and caffeine.

When wearing brackets, there is a technique that is popular with just needed braces for adults - the ligunals technique. Although costly, this method is virtually invisible because the brackets are attached to the inside of the teeth.

For all brackets, however: A thorough cleaning and care of the braces are required. Otherwise, there is a risk that food left over from the wires can lead to tooth decay.

Loose braces for adults

In contrast to the fixed braces is the loose braces. In this case, toothed rails are used. The dentist first takes an impression of the jaw, scans it by computer. Now different tooth tracks will be created step by step to correct the teeth. About every two weeks, the racks are changed in a predetermined sequence until the desired result is achieved. Depending on what correction of the teeth is required to be changed between about 20 and 60 rails.

After wearing a braces for adults, it is always necessary to continue to stabilize the corrected teeth, which is done with a so-called retainer or other splints.

Reasons for braces in adults

  • Gross malocclusions can increase the risk of tooth decay
  • Faulty tooth contact (clashing of the rows of teeth) can lead to a possible loss of individual teeth
  • Deformations in the jaw cause unpleasant tensions in the jaw joint, these can pull down to the neck
  • Earache can be the result of a malocclusion

Conclusion: There is no age limit for beautiful and healthy teeth. The use of braces for adults can support the health of the teeth meaningful, but is not always necessary or necessary.

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