Orthodontics for Adults
People tend to associate orthodontics with children and adolescence. However, one out of every four orthodontic patients is an adult. Orthodontic treatment at later stages in life can dramatically improve your personal appearance and self-esteem, while also improving the health of your teeth and gums. The improvements in technology, techniques, and materials offer adult patients more opportunity and flexibility to improve their self-confidence through straighter teeth and a new smile.
The new techniques and appliances we use greatly reduce discomfort levels, decrease the frequency of visits, shorten treatment time, and may allow you to choose from several options. Your options may include metal braces, translucent braces, or Invisalign. From our examination and records, we can outline the treatment plan, recommended appliances, time of treatment expected, and the approximate cost.
Jaw surgery is more often required for adult orthodontic patients because their jaws are no longer growing. Adults also may have experienced some breakdown or loss of their teeth and bone that supports the teeth and may require periodontal treatment before, during, and/or after orthodontic treatment. Bone loss can also limit the amount and direction of tooth movement that is advisable.