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Aligning Your Way to a Perfect Smile: The Benefits of Adult Braces

When we think of braces, we often think of teenagers getting that perfect smile. What if you are an adult who wants or needs better alignment for your smile? At Absolute Dental in Sparks, we have you covered with orthodontic care for all ages.

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What are braces?

Dental braces are a type of orthodontic treatment designed to improve misalignments or malocclusions. The braces go over the teeth and apply pressure to correct overcrowding, uneven spacing, bite issues, and other dental problems. With different types of braces available, you can effectively get the perfect smile — even as an adult!

Contact our adult braces Sparks team to learn more about treatment options and see what type of braces fit your lifestyle and budget.

What are the different types of braces?

Depending on the severity of your dental misalignment, oral health needs, and lifestyle preferences, different types of adult braces options to consider include:

1. Metal braces

For decades, traditional metal braces have helped patients straighten their teeth using metal brackets and wires. The stainless steel brackets are bonded to each tooth with the metal wire running through them. Small elastic bands then go around each bracket to keep the wire in place during treatment.

2. Ceramic braces

Ceramic or clear braces are similar to traditional braces in the way they straighten teeth. However, the key difference is how they blend in with your smile. Clear braces use tooth-colored brackets that are less noticeable than metal brackets.

3. Clear aligners

Also known as invisible braces, clear aligners are plastic trays that fit directly over the teeth. Patients wear the aligners for about a week and periodically switch to the next set to progressively straighten teeth over several months. If you’ve always wanted straight teeth but don’t want bulky braces, clear aligners are the perfect choice.

4. Lingual braces

A lesser-known orthodontic option is lingual braces. They work just like traditional braces but are placed on the inner surface of the teeth rather than the front.

5. Self-ligating braces

Rather than using tiny rubber bands to hold the archwire in place, ligating braces use brackets with a built-in mechanism to hold the wire.

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How do braces work?

Braces apply pressure to the teeth. This pressure pushes and pulls the teeth into alignment. Some braces use brackets and wires to do this. Clear aligners use fitted plastic trays to achieve the same results. Schedule a consultation with our orthodontics Sparks team to learn more.

How do I know if I need braces?

Some patients want braces to enhance the appearance of their smile. However, others need orthodontic treatment to improve the function and health of their teeth. Some people struggle with bite issues that cause jaw pain or make it difficult to eat. Overcrowding can also make it hard to keep teeth clean, which can lead to tooth decay and gum disease.

To see if you may need braces and to learn more about orthodontic services in Sparks, contact Absolute Dental today!

How long do braces take to work?

The length of treatment will depend on several factors, including:

  • The complexity of the dental misalignment
  • The type of braces
  • Quality of orthodontic care
  • Patient cooperation

For adults, braces can take anywhere from a few months to a couple of years to complete successful treatment.

Get ready to smile: your guide to braces in Sparks

The cost of braces will depend on the type you get and the length of treatment. In general, traditional braces are the most affordable option, while clear aligners are a little more costly. However, the benefits of clear aligners may be well worth it for adult orthodontic patients.

Following orthodontic treatment, patients typically wear a retainer during the day and night until their orthodontist instructs them otherwise. After a short period, you will only need to wear your retainer at night to ensure your teeth don’t shift.

If you have metal or ceramic braces, you will need to change your diet to prevent damage and teeth staining. You will also need to adjust your oral hygiene routine to remove food particles from hard-to-reach places.

There are no dietary restrictions with clear aligners. However, you should brush your teeth before replacing your aligner and clean the plastic trays as directed.

Although insurance typically does not cover cosmetic dentistry, some policies will cover some of the cost if braces are medically necessary. Review your plan or speak to an insurance representative to see if orthodontics is covered.

Flossing with braces is vital to your oral health. While you can use traditional floss, your dentist will likely recommend an oral irrigator or Waterpik to thoroughly clean between the teeth, under the gum line, and around brackets.

Brushing is more important than ever when you have braces because food buildup is common with orthodontic equipment. When brushing, use gentle strokes to clean your teeth, brackets, and wires. Your orthodontist will give you specific instructions on how to keep your teeth clean during treatment.

At the beginning of treatment and after adjustments, some patients may experience discomfort. People with clear aligners also feel mild soreness after switching to a new tray. However, patients quickly adjust to braces, and discomfort lessens throughout treatment. If you experience pain, talk to your dentist.

While it’s easier to adjust teeth in children between the ages of eight and fourteen, adults can also benefit from braces! With new and innovative treatments available, more adults are choosing to straighten their teeth than ever before.

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The Results: Before and After

No matter which type of braces you choose, we can help you achieve the healthy, straight, beautiful smile you’re looking for with affordable payment options. Our orthodontic experts in Spark, NV have been helping folks do just that. Take a look at some of the results you might expect from braces:

Before and after braces


What They Do: A Look at the Best Uses for Braces

Simply put, braces are handles that are placed on the permanent teeth in a specific order. These handles are then used to move the teeth into ideal positions in relation to each other, your face and jaws. Braces can be used as early as 4-5 years of age – depending on the type and severity of the problem – but are more commonly seen in teenagers and adults.

Crooked or Misaligned Teeth

Teeth can become crooked or misaligned for any number of reasons, including the growth of wisdom teeth or simple genetic factors that cause teeth to grow in at non-uniform positions. Braces work to reform this misalignment through years of retraining teeth, pulling or pushing them in a given direction to create a more uniform, more comfortable smile.

Overbites and Under-bites

Overbites and underbites occur when the top and bottom rows of teeth are not properly aligned, causing one to slip under the other. This is a problem that can cause patients to suffer from long-term discomfort and awkward resting positions of the mouth. Braces use the same reformative techniques mentioned earlier to effectively align the teeth with each other, eliminating this problem.

Read More: 8 Most Common Problems Braces Can Fix

Cost of Braces

There are several factors to consider when estimating the cost of braces. Depending on which option you choose (metal braces, clear braces, or invisible braces), the severity of your misalignment, and how long the braces must be worn to achieve a successful result, the pricing can differ from patient to patient.

With that being said, braces often cost much less than you might think. Absolute Dental in Sparks offers affordable braces with professional orthodontic services in a price range that works for you. Take advantage of our special pricing and limited-time offers by contacting our Sparks offices today to make an appointment.

Have a Consultation with an Orthodontist

Consult with your Sparks orthodontist to see which corrective option will work best for you. Using braces to realign your teeth will also lead to a number of long-term health benefits that will last the rest of your life. Make your appointment with our orthodontic team and start smiling now!

How Braces Can Improve Oral Health

When teeth are not properly aligned, other health issues can be the result. By applying braces to correct dental misalignments, many of the following issues can be avoided by simply improving the position of your teeth. Without braces, patients with misaligned teeth may experience:

Once teeth are aligned, there are less hidden or hard-to-reach places for plaque and tartar to build up, which decreases the risk of cavities. With a more comfortable bite, patients also experience fewer headaches and tension due to teeth grinding. A healthy, perfectly straight smile can help make teeth stronger and boost a patient’s confidence overall.

Adult orthodontics in Sparks, NV

Ready to get started on your journey toward the perfect smile? Absolute Dental is the most trusted team of dentists in Sparks, NV, for orthodontic care. Contact our Sparks dental care team to make an appointment!

Are You Considering Getting Braces in Sparks?

When it comes to getting braces, your confidence in your smile will be restored in no time at all. Schedule your consultation with our orthodontic team either of our Sparks locations! Our dentists can evaluate which types of braces are right for you and plan your course of treatment immediately.


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