In the United States, braces for adults are commonly used to correct misalignments of the teeth. Adult braces are used to correct problems such as overbites and underbites, as well as other problems with the bite, which can lead to other dental problems.
Braces for adults are also used to correct problems with the bite caused by TMJ disorder (also known as TMD), or temporomandibular joint disorder. TMJ disorder is caused when the jaw joints become inflamed or irritated. This irritation often causes the bite to be uneven and painful. The condition is more common in women than men, and can cause headaches and other problems. In severe cases, the condition may even require surgery.
TMJ disorders are most often caused by stress or other physical conditions, but they can also be caused by arthritis, tooth grinding, or bruxism. These disorders can make it difficult for an individual to eat certain foods, speak properly, and smile without pain. If you have TMJ disorder, your dentist may recommend that you use adult braces.
If you have TMJ disorder, it is important to consult your dentist immediately if you notice any symptoms. You should also visit your dentist regularly to check for signs of TMJ disorder, and to receive regular checkups. You should also try to avoid activities that put extra strain on the joints, and try to reduce the amount of stress you experience.
You may also want to talk to your dentist about using a mouthguard. A mouthguard is a protective device that fits inside your mouth. It helps protect your jaw joints from injury, and reduces the risk of injury during contact sports. Your dentist can fit you with a mouthguard that is custom made for your mouth, or one that is pre-made and designed for many different sizes and shapes of mouths.
Once you begin wearing your adult braces, your dentist will need to adjust them periodically. You may need to see your dentist every six months or so to have them adjusted. Your dentist will also need to remove the braces periodically to clean them.
There are several different types of adult braces available. One type of adult braces is the metal brace. Metal braces are usually made of stainless steel, titanium, or cobalt chrome. They are usually attached to your teeth with small brackets. The braces may be removable, or permanently fixed.
Another type of adult braces is the lingual bracket. Lingual brackets are similar to the standard brackets, but are placed on the back of the teeth. They are usually less noticeable than standard brackets, and are less likely to irritate the gums.
The last type of adult braces is the clear ceramic braces. Clear ceramic braces are usually made of zirconia. They are also removable, and are not as noticeable as other types of adult braces.
Adult braces are very effective at correcting misalignments and other problems with the bite. They are also useful in treating TMJ disorders.