It’s Time to Let Your Confidence Shine!
Orthodontic treatment is no longer just for teens. In fact, the American Association of Orthodontics states that one in five orthodontic patients is over the age of 21. Many adults are choosing to receive treatment because they understand the importance of maintaining their health, and they want to feel better about their appearance. Adults everywhere are taking advantage of the opportunity to receive orthodontic care, and now you can too.
Common Reasons Why Adults Consider Orthodontic Treatment:
- A bad bite or malocclusion, causing teeth to fit together incorrectly
- Teeth are crowded or spaced apart, possibly causing tooth decay or gum disease
- Abnormal jaw pain, or pressure that is caused by crooked teeth
- Desire for a healthier mouth and a more confident smile
The Difference Between Adult Orthodontics and Orthodontics for Children and Teens:
The main difference to remember when treating adults or children and teens, is that in younger patients the jawbones are still developing. For adults, these bones have stopped growing, which may mean the possibility of othrognathic surgery to align the jawbones. Other differences include:
- Gum or Bone Loss (periodontal disease) – Adults are more likely than children to experience gum recession or even bone loss due to gingivitis or advanced periodontal disease. Patients with straighter teeth are less likely to get gum disease.
- Worn or Missing Teeth – Over time teeth can become worn down and shift into different positions that can only be corrected with orthodontic care. Missing teeth can cause other teeth to shift and tilt, creating a bad bite and increasing the possibility of gum disease.
- Incomplete Orthodontic Treatment as a Teen – Many adults received some orthodontic treatment as a child or teen, but never completed their treatment. As an adult, they choose to complete their orthodontic treatment to achieve the healthy beautiful smile they always wanted.
Our practice also recognizes that adults and children have different needs and require a different level of attention and care. We will work with you to ensure that you receive the most appropriate treatments, and that your needs are met with understanding and respect from us.
Treatment Options for Adults
For many adults, the thought of having metal braces is enough to discourage them from receiving treatment. However, today’s orthodontic treatment options offer a variety of braces and appliances that are comfortable, aesthetic, and customized to meet your needs.
+ Traditional Braces
Gone are the days of large, clunky metal braces. Modern metal braces are smaller, more comfortable, and more attractive than ever before. Traditional braces are considered one of the best options for your smile because they are extremely durable, and effective for treating a wide variety of orthodontic concerns.
– Clear Braces
Clear braces work just like traditional braces but are translucent, ceramic braces that are preferred by many of our patients who seek a more cosmetic option. If you want all the benefits of having a beautiful smile, but want a less noticeable alternative, clear braces may be the best option for you.
Invisalign is ideal for adults or teens that would prefer to not wear braces. Invisalign uses custom clear, removable aligner trays that gradually and gently straighten teeth over time. If you have a social occasion or sports activity that you would rather not wear your aligners, you can simply remove them. Removing trays also allows the benefit of easily eating the foods that you love and allows for normal brushing and flossing.
Why Should You Consider Orthodontic Treatment?
- Straight Teeth are Healthy Teeth – Teeth that are properly aligned are easier to keep clean with flossing and brushing and may help prevent other health problems.
- A Beautiful, Straight Smile Builds Confidence – Orthodontic treatment can help boost your self-confidence, giving you a better quality of life and the freedom to smile without holding you back!
- Mouths left untreated can get worse – Not receiving orthodontic treatment when it’s needed can create long-term health issues costing you more in the end.