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Adult Braces: Is it ever too late?

 In General Dental

With so many new and improved ways to achieve the perfect smile (like Invisalign) you may be wondering if getting adult braces is a smart choice. This blog will cover the key differences between new and traditional options and how it all works. Let’s go!

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Why would an adult need braces?

Now that dental braces have become less bulky and visible, more adults are keen to correct dental problems before they cause severe or further damage. While you may want to improve your physical appearance, it’s important to note that “cosmetic” problems can cause real damage over time.

Misaligned teeth and jaws can lead to;

  • premature wear and tear;
  • cavities or tooth decay;
  • gum disease and;
  • might even warrant dentures or costly surgery to fix serious issues.

Overall, braces for adults may help a number of things, including:

  • Correcting crooked or misaligned teeth
  • Addressing bite issues (overbite, underbite, crossbite)
  • Closing gaps between teeth
  • Improving oral health by making teeth easier to clean
  • Enhancing overall appearance and self-confidence

The difference between Invisalign & traditional adult braces

The difference between Invisalign & traditional adult braces

Invisalign: The Clear Choice

If even the thought of wearing old-school metal braces makes you cringe, Invisalign might be your ideal smile solution. Invisalign uses clear, custom-made trays to gradually straighten teeth. These trays are virtually invisible, making them a popular and discreet option for adults who want to straighten their smile without drawing attention.

For many patients, this means feeling more confident and less anxious in social situations. You can speak and smile without worrying that others are noticing your adult braces.

Benefit Breakdown:

  • Transparent appearance
  • Tailored comfort
  • Completely removable
  • Easy to clean
  • No-fuss eating
  • Faster outcomes (as little as 6 months!)
  • Enhanced oral hygiene
  • Crisper speech
  • Reduced appointments
  • Flexible treatment

Invisalign process

  1. Our iTero® ElementTM system quickly and painlessly scans your teeth in 3D, avoiding the discomfort of traditional moulds.
  2. In just a few minutes, we create a simulation of how your teeth will look before you begin treatment.
  3. As you wear Invisalign, we’ll book regular check-ups to see how your new smile is coming along.

Cost of Invisalign

Starting from only $3,500, our Invisalign packages can end up being more affordable than braces for some cases. Reach out to our experienced and gentle dentists for a personalised treatment plan today!

Traditional Braces: Tried and True

Traditional braces use metal or ceramic brackets, wires and tiny o-ring elastics to align your teeth gradually.

While they may not be as visually appealing as Invisalign, they are still widely popular for adults and children alike. This is because they are generally affordable and highly effective, especially for complicated orthodontic problems.

They also require less discipline since you can’t remove them, which can benefit patients who struggle to remember to wear invisible aligners consistently.

Benefit Breakdown:

  • Durable
  • Cost-Effective
  • Predictable results
  • Customisable colours
  • Potentially faster results as they cannot be removed
  • Comprehensive solution for complex orthodontic issues

Traditional braces process

  1. Our dental team begins your orthodontic treatment by attaching brackets to your teeth using strong glue. They then connect the brackets with wire and elastic rings.
  2. The braces gently move teeth into the right place by applying pressure to each tooth once they are in place.
  3. During your orthodontic treatment, your braces will stay in place and the wires will be adjusted or replaced regularly.

Cost of traditional braces

Typically, dental braces in Gold Coast cost between $3,000 and $9,000. Many dental insurance plans offer coverage for orthodontic treatment, but the extent depends on your specific policy.

At Maudsland and Underwood Dental Care, we provide a range of payment plans and accept all major health funds to ease any financial stress.

Are adult braces worth it?

Definitely! Adult braces not only straighten your teeth, boost confidence, and enhance your appearance but also help prevent tooth decay and other oral health problems. Whether you want a straighter smile, better jaw alignment, or even fix snoring issues, adult braces are the definition of short-term pain for long-term gain.

Getting braces as an adult may pose some challenges. However, our trusted orthodontists at Maudsland and Underwood Dental Care are highly skilled and experienced, ensuring you can overcome any obstacles to achieve the smile you’ve always wanted.

Maudsland Dental Care services

Maudsland Dental Care is a locally-owned dental practice dedicated to your oral health and happiness. We aim to provide patients of all ages with a gentle and comfortable experience in our modern, family-friendly environment.

Our team of professionals strives to make your visit enjoyable using advanced equipment and expert skills. We’re proud to offer comprehensive dental services, including Invisalign, orthodontics, dental implants, teeth whitening, fillings, wisdom teeth and more!

We believe in affordable dental care and offer interest-free patient payment plans. Our on-site Hicaps facilities ensure you can make immediate claims from your private health fund.

Underwood Dental Care Services

Underwood Dental Care offers effective, gentle dental services in a comfortable, modern clinic. Our skilled dental team offers orthodontic treatments like metal, clear, and Invisalign braces to clients in Brisbane, Logan, and Underwood. We also offer smile now, pay later options and accept all major health funds.

Our other treatment options include dental implants, teeth whitening, fillings, wisdom teeth and more! It’s never too late to achieve your dream smile. Say goodbye to the age-old stereotype of scary dental drills and harsh fluorescent lighting, and hello to the soothing atmosphere of Underwood Dental Care!

Start your adult braces journey today.

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