Adult Braces – A smile to boost your confidence from Elizabeth Kilpatrick-Fox, DMD

Crooked teeth, a misaligned bite and improper jaw positioning can cause major dental problems.  Luckily, Elizabeth Kilpatrick-Fox, DMD can help you identify and address these types of situations before it’s too late.

Dealing with uneven or imperfect teeth make our smiles less attractive resulting in hesitation to smile in front of others. Thanks to the dental world there are many solutions that can help you to get the smile of your dreams. Adult dental braces will straighten and even out your teeth. Fox dentistry is the best family dentist in Swedesboro.

Options for Adult Braces

Braces have evolved considerably in recent years. Fox dentistry offers an array of unobtrusive appliances, whereas traditional metal braces may have once been your only option.

Metal/Conventional Braces

These types of braces are good for quickly straightening very crooked teeth. The brackets are smaller than they used to be and archwires are heat-activated allowing your body heat to move teeth with more speed and less pain than in the past. This is a great advancement in modern dentistry.

Ceramic Braces

Similar to metal braces in shape and size, but clear colored brackets as opposed to metal brackets are less noticeable. It is even possible to use tooth-colored archwires to look more natural and inconspicuous.

Clear Aligners/Lingual Braces

A great alternative to traditional metal braces because archwires and brackets are applied to the back of the teeth so they are not visible.  While the benefit of not being visible from the front, these types of braces are more difficult to maintain and cost more.

Invisalign/Clear Plastic Aligners

This process requires that your orthodontist makes you anywhere from 18 to 30 customized clear plastic aligners that resemble a mouth guard. You will be required to put in a new mouthpiece every couple of weeks to aid in the proper alignment of your teeth.

The best benefit to this is that they are practically impossible to see and very easy to clean your teeth daily.

A concern many have is the cost of Invisalign and slower process at actually straightening your teeth.

A major factor to keep into consideration is that adult teeth do not move as quickly as a younger individuals’ do, so there is expected delay in straightening along with discomfort during initial procedure and throughout adjustments.

It’s extremely crucial to continue your practice in good oral health. Food can easily become trapped in your braces and food and plaque can get stuck between your teeth and gums. Make sure you brush and floss regularly and follow any additional dental care instructions your dentist at Fox Dental may have for you.

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