There are more adult orthodontic patients than ever these days, thanks to the latest technologies and appliances allowing for more discreet options. For many adults, investing in a smile makeover through clear aligners can have significant benefits, both socially and professionally. Straightening teeth can dramatically improve both confidence and overall functioning of the mouth.
What age is best for orthodontic care?
There's no such thing as being too old for braces: healthy teeth can be moved at any age!
However, there are a few things to keep in mind for adult patients. Because the growth and development of the jaw is complete in adults, we can't accomplish changes in actual jaw structure in the same way we can with a growing child or young adult. Also, periodontal disease, or gum disease, is more prevalent in adults than in children. If the gum tissues are not healthy during orthodontic treatment, bone loss can occur weaken your teeth in the long-term. So, for adults, any gum disease must be treated or brought under control before our orthodontic treatment begins.
What types of orthodontic treatments do you offer?
We are proud to offers ClearCorrect aligners as an alternative to the fixed type of orthodontic appliances.
Clear aligners are removable and, of course, invisible. They are actually a series of clear plastic “trays” that fit perfectly over your teeth. The series of trays move your teeth a little bit at a time until they are in the proper position, and they are specially designed with the help of computer software that generates a virtual model of your bite.
At your first visit, I can help you understand all of your orthodontic options, whether you choose clear aligners in our office or a referral to a more traditional orthodontic provider.
What needs to be done to maintain my new smile after treatment?
No matter which method of orthodontic treatment is used or what the patient's age is, wearing a retainer is crucial to maintaining your smile. If teeth are not held by a retainer for certain amounts of time periodically, they can drift back to their original position. To avoid further orthodontic work and cost, wear your retainer regularly for the recommended amount of time and enjoy your new smile for many, many years to come.