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Debunking the "Too Old for Braces" Myth

It is a common misconception that people feel they may be too old to straighten their teeth. While this is a common belief for some people, we offer information that may just change your mind. A lot of people feel their character is partially defined by their smile. They think their personality is tied to the character that might be tied in with a chipped tooth or a small gap. After all it's how people have come to know you, right? Besides, who wants to spend all of their adulthood in the dentist office anyways. While we can't argue specifically with your character, we can assure you that at Rensselaer Dentists we will maintain your character while straightening your teeth.

A Harvard Article suggests statically that one in five orthodontic patients are adults. Why is this statistic so high today? One reason for more adults wearing braces compared to years past is that adults have become more concerned about their appearance. Adults today want that smile they have always hoped for. At the same time, health ramifications could also spur on an individual to get and wear braces. For example, when you try to brush teeth that are crowded or overlapping, this causes hard to reach places to form and prevents the toothbrush from getting to these spots. If a toothbrush has hard to reach places this can be an invitation for decay and a gum disease to develop. Another health problem that can arise from not having the proper alignment is stress on the jaw joints and the facial muscles involved in eating. Ultimately these forces can produce stress which may cause severe facial pain and more health problems later on in life.

Braces aren't as invasive as they used to be

Braces have come a long way since the 70's. In fact, the components that make up braces are smaller and less obtrusive than they have been in the past. Most times, dentists find themselves not using nearly as many brackets as they once did. At Rensselaer Dentists, our candidates for braces/orthodontics are evaluated and an individualized plan for braces is devised to achieve the proper bite alignment.

Braces are more economical than the ones in the past

Part of the reason braces are more economical is that they are less invasive requiring less time for the dental procedure of putting on braces. New technology and procedures have made dentist much more efficient in their treatments than they were in years past. Braces For Adults at Rensselaer Dentist have become significantly easier to wear. Rensselaer Dentists are able to predict the movement of teeth more accurately and with much more superior devices than the large headgear approaches we commonly knew as children. With better and smaller devices, you can benefit from an overall smaller price tag when it comes to straightening your teeth.

The three different kinds of Braces

Traditional Braces - Traditional braces are what we think of most often when hearing the word braces. Traditional braces are no longer the heavy metal hardware of the past but consist of more refined components. How exactly is a metal brace constructed? Traditional braces now incorporate the use of small brackets that are usually metal and a series of metal arch wires and rubber bands. The wire uses pressure over time to straighten and ultimately position the tooth in its desired spot. The brackets can come in a variety of alternate materials such as a synthetic, composite or ceramic. This is done primarily to blend with the teeth to maintain a more pleasing cosmetic appearance over the common metal look. Presently, compared to the past, traditional braces have not only improved in appearance but also in comfort level. The smaller brackets used today in dentistry have vastly improved comfort, compared to wearing traditional braces. The new and improved traditional braces may be a good option to correct for certain types of malocclusions (bad bites).

Invisalign Braces – No bonding is required for Invisalign braces. How great is that? Invisalign braces are plastic aligner trays where the upper and lower teeth are placed. A series of plastic aligner trays are used throughout an individual treatment plan to achieve that perfect bite. Plastic aligner trays are exchanged for new ones every two weeks until the teeth are in proper alignment. These removable aligner trays are noted for their extreme comfort and do not interfere with the process of brushing teeth because these aligner trays are removable. Another additional bonus these braces provide is they are not as noticeable as most other types of braces. Now not all dentists offer Invisalign braces but here at Rensslaer Dentistry, we provide this as an option. Rensselaer Dentists believes in providing its patients with the best and most advanced Orthodontic Dentistry available.

Lingual Braces - Looking into a mirror closely will not reveal that you are wearing braces. Lingual braces are placed behind each individual tooth with brackets and wires. This may be the answer to straightening a bite alignment without anyone noticing you are wearing braces. This is like traditional braces except they are not in front but behind the teeth. Lingual braces are custom fitted to your mouth.

During you consultation with Rensselaer Dentists find out which type of braces are the right solution for you. Rensselaer will develop your own individualized orthodontic dental plan for braces. Wait no longer and start living a much healthier life with that smile you have always dreamed about!