Adult Braces Specialist

RISUS Orthodontics

Orthodontics located in Skokie, Glenview, & Northbrook, IL

Braces are a tried-and-true technique for straightening smiles, and thanks to advances in orthodontic technology, there are now a wide variety of braces out there to satisfy everyone’s needs. If you’re considering adult braces, schedule a visit with RISUS Orthodontics. Their team of dedicated professionals offers exceptional adult braces for their patients in Glenview, Northbrook, and Skokie, Illinois. Book your adult braces consultation today by calling the office or scheduling an appointment online.

Adult Braces Q & A

How are adult braces unique?

You’re never too old to straighten your teeth, but adult braces entail a slightly different approach, even though the actual appliances used in the treatment are identical.

Adult teeth are no longer in flux like they are with children whose jaws are still developing. This means that your teeth are less malleable and might require more time to get into proper alignment. 

Adults are also at a higher risk of developing gum disease than children are. The health of your gums is vital when you’re wearing braces, so it’s essential for adults to treat any signs of gum disease before getting braces. They also need to rigorously maintain professional cleanings while they’re wearing braces in order to ensure the continued health of their gums. 

What types of adult braces are there?

Traditional metal braces have seen massive technological improvements in recent years, making them much more comfortable and effective than ever. But many adults want something that’s more discreet on their smile, like:

Clear braces

Clear braces are structurally identical to traditional metal braces, but their brackets are made out of clear ceramic or plastic, leaving them nearly invisible on your teeth. The only part of clear braces that aren’t tooth-colored is the archwire that runs through the brackets, which is very thin. Clear braces allow you to straighten your teeth while drastically reducing the visibility of the appliance on your smile.

Lingual braces

Lingual braces are even less noticeable than clear braces because they’re bonded to the back, or tongue-side, of your teeth. They take a little more getting used to than traditional braces, but they’re virtually invisible on your smile.

How do I keep my straightened smile after adult braces?

The team at RISUS Orthodontics prescribes you with a retainer to wear after you’ve finished your treatment with adult braces. Wearing your retainer ensures that you maintain the results that you worked so hard to achieve. It gives the bone supporting your newly aligned teeth more time to develop around the new position of your smile, which keeps them from shifting back to their old place. 

Schedule a visit to RISUS Orthodontics by calling the office or booking online, and start working toward your straighter smile with adult braces today.