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In the past, braces were viewed as a means for teenagers struggling with misaligned teeth or an otherwise imperfect smile. In recent years, more and more adults are embracing the idea of having braces installed on their teeth to improve the alignment of their teeth and the appearance of their smile.

As the years go by, there are still things that can affect the teeth’s positions. Changes in jaw shape or structure as you age can cause minor alignment issues and so can the loss of one or more teeth. If a tooth is extracted or otherwise lost to untreated tooth decay, it can cause other teeth in your mouth to twist or move toward the void that was caused by the lost structure.

If you have minor alignment issues with your smile, it is possible to use a removable style of clear, plastic aligners like Invisalign® to gradually adjust your teeth in as little as six to eight weeks. Every two weeks you will switch to a new set of clear, plastic aligners that is tuned to bring you one step closer to your ideal smile.

Here at Smile at the World Orthodontics, our orthodontist can also fit you for traditional metal braces. This is often the most effective method for improving a smile that needs significant improvements. Many adults who need this level of orthodontic realignment opt to have a ceramic coating applied to the visible hardware. Since it can be shaded to match your surrounding tooth enamel, it will make the braces hard for the casual observer to notice.

If you are struggling with alignment issues in your smile, you should call 254-773-8028 and schedule an appointment with Dr. Joshua Knowles regarding braces in Temple, Texas.