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Oral and Dental Health

Orthodontic Treatment

Orthodontic treatment (or braces) corrects uneven, crooked, and split teeth and gives the person a healthier and more beautiful smile. Today, orthodontic treatment is performed using various methods. While it was once thought that orthodontic treatment could only be performed at a young age, thanks to evolving dental technology, adults also benefit from various orthodontic treatments.

Orthodontic treatment, better known as braces, is performed with brackets attached to the front or back of the teeth, and wires are passed through them. Treatment with braces lasts an average of 2 years but can be shorter or longer depending on the method and the condition of the teeth.
Orthodontic Treatment for Adults

The ideal age for orthodontic treatment is being seven years old. The age group from 9 to 12 years is the period when the milk teeth leave their place for the permanent teeth and the canines change. For this reason, orthodontic appliances are usually used in this age group instead of braces.

However, there is no age limit for the use of braces. Adults can also benefit from this treatment without any problems. The most important criterion for treatment is that the teeth and gums are healthy. If there are any diseases, they will be treated first before starting the orthodontic treatment.
Methods Used in Orthodontic Treatment

Although the most common material used in orthodontic treatment is still metal brackets, many adult patients do not prefer this for aesthetic reasons. For these patients, there are options such as ceramic brackets, clear aligners, and lingual (internal) brackets. However, not every patient is suitable for every treatment, so patients considering braces treatment should first consult a specialized orthodontist for a thorough examination.

Metal brackets remain the preferred and most commonly recommended orthodontic material by dentists, as they are both highly durable and less expensive than their alternatives.

On the other hand, middle-aged patients, in particular, may view metal brackets with prejudice due to aesthetic concerns. Ceramic or lingual brackets may be a better choice for these patients.

Ceramic brackets are also popularly known as transparent braces. Since these brackets are almost the same shade as the color of the teeth, they are not easily visible from the outside. Patients who value aesthetics in treatment often prefer ceramic brackets. Ceramic brackets manufactured in recent years are at least as strong and durable as metal brackets.

On the other hand, lingual brackets do not affect the patient’s external appearance as they are placed on the back of the tooth. This method, popularly known as internal or hidden wire, is recommended for adult patients with minor problems. Not every patient is suitable for a lingual bracket. If you are considering orthodontic treatment with a lingual bracket, you should consult a specialized orthodontist and find out if you are a suitable candidate.

Since lingual brackets are located on the inside of the tooth, they can come into contact with the tongue when speaking and eating, causing discomfort. It is also more difficult to take care of the hygiene of lingual brackets.