As we age, there are several different factors that can contribute to an improper bite. The loss of a tooth can cause the other teeth to drift over time to fill the gap. Periodontal disease, teeth grinding, tooth decay and tooth fractures are also common causes of improper bite alignments.
Traditional braces are not a popular option for many adults, simply for cosmetic reasons. Ceramic braces offer a little more cosmetic appeal as they match to your existing teeth. Lingual braces are placed behind the teeth, and while they spare you issues with the cosmetic appearance of your teeth, they can sometimes be hard to clean.
Clear braces have been growing in popularity for adults with bite alignment issues. These aligners are made from a clear, durable plastic. The casual observer can rarely even notice you have them in!
Every two weeks you will switch to a new set of aligners as your teeth gradually conform to your ideal placement. Ideally, you will need to wear the aligners for 20 to 22 hours each day.
If you have questions about what bite adjustment options are right for you, please call us at 301-841-9348 to schedule an appointment.