Published: October 24, 2018

If you’ve already had braces as a teenager, you may not think you’ll need them again as an adult. If you wore your retainer religiously, or you were given the option of a permanent retainer on the back of your teeth, you may be right. On the other hand, if you’re like most of us, and you were perhaps not as faithful in wearing your retainer as you could have been, you may face problems with your teeth in adulthood.

Sometimes, even someone who did wear a retainer faithfully may need braces. People’s mouths can change over time, and teeth can shift naturally. When misalignment occurs, it can increase the buildup of plaque and bacteria in the mouth, and this can cause periodontal disease or gum diseases. When teeth shift, they can pull away from the gums, and often this can only be fixed with painful gum surgery. What’s more, misaligned teeth can cause headaches and earaches, or even gastrointestinal problems that result from an inability to chew properly.

Fortunately, if you need braces as an adult, there are many options available to you.

  • Traditional braces: Made of metal, these are familiar to anyone who visited an orthodontist in middle or high school. They can’t be removed, they’re uncomfortable and unattractive, they often require repair, and they require certain dietary shifts.
  • Incognito lingual braces: These are very much like traditional braces, but they’re on the back of the teeth instead of the front, so they’re not visible.
  • Invisalign: Arguably the best option, Invisalign uses comfortable, custom-fit aligners to straighten teeth. These aligners are trays that slip over your teeth, made of a proprietary type of plastic that is virtually invisible. Because they’re custom fit to each user’s gum line, they’re more comfortable than traditional braces. Even though there are other aligners on the market, they don’t have the custom fit of Invisalign, so they’re not as comfortable or attractive.

No matter your age, if you need braces, Smiles Family Dental can help you find the solution that’s right for you. Smiles Family Dental is ranked as a Diamond Provider of Invisalign, which means we treat over 140 Invisalign patients each year and are considered by the company to be one of the most experienced Invisalign providers in the country. If you’re looking for Invisalign in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, or you need a family dentist, you owe it to yourself to check out Smiles Family Dental. With doctors uniquely skilled and qualified to provide exceptional dental care, and a commitment to staying at the forefront of dentistry, we provide high-quality care tailored to meet our patients’ needs. From customized treatment plans to extended office hours, we are here to help in any way we can. If you’re in Arlington, Las Colinas, or Flower Mound, visit our website to learn more about all we have to offer.