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4 Common questions about adult orthodontics

A lot of adults wonder if it is too late for orthodontic treatment. Thankfully, at Vivid Orthodontics in Appleton, we offer a variety of adult orthodontic treatment options for our patients looking to get their perfect smile.

What types of braces for adults are offered?

If you are looking at traditional brackets for your treatment, we offer two types: Metal and ceramic.

Metal braces are the most common type, and they’ve come a long way from braces of the past. The brackets are designed to be smaller and less noticeable than before. The elastics that hold the arch wires in place can be any color (or colors) you choose.

Ceramic (clear) braces blend with the color of your teeth. They’re similar shape and size as metal braces but are less visible. The only item of caution is that the ceramic brackets are a little more brittle than metal brackets if not cared for properly. It is especially important to refrain from eating sticky foods and overly crunchy foods that can damage your braces.

Are there options for adult orthodontics besides brackets?

For a more esthetic option, Vivid Orthodontics offers two aligner systems, Confident Aligners® and Invisalign®, for adults in Appleton and the surrounding area.

Confident Aligners are best for minor imperfections, such as a tooth or two slightly out of place or a little shifting that has occurred since previous orthodontic treatment.

Invisalign is another aligner system used for adult orthodontic treatment, but it is used for more comprehensive cases. These cases are usually longer in length and require more movement than what can be done with Confident Aligners.

Do aligners cost more than brackets?

If both brackets and aligners are an option, we typically do not charge differently for the treatments. We want to leave the decision up to you on what treatment will fit your lifestyle best. Some adults prefer aligners since they are more esthetic and there are fewer appointments involved. Others prefer brackets because they are not removable and cannot be lost.

Does insurance cover adult orthodontics?

It’s a common theme among insurance plans to exclude adults from orthodontic coverage. If you are one of the lucky ones with adult orthodontic coverage, we are happy to include the benefit in your treatment estimate. If your insurance does not cover orthodontics, don’t worry. We offer flexible and affordable payment options to ensure that finances do not stand in the way of you getting the treatment you desire.

Ready to start your adult orthodontic treatment?

It’s never too late to get your dream smile! If you are interested in teeth straightening for adults, contact our office at 920-739-2400 to schedule a free consultation. We proudly serve the Appleton area, including Neenah, Menasha, Little Chute, Grand Chute and Kaukauna.