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Considering Adult Orthodontic Treatment? What You Should Know

April 23, 2024
Considering Adult Orthodontic Treatment? What You Should Know

There is no denying that most orthodontic patients are under the age of 18, but more and more adults are setting out to transform their smile as well with braces or clear aligners. 

Most people were not born with a perfect set of teeth and often need to seek help from an orthodontist along the way. Today, there are many more treatment options for adults than were available years ago. From Invisalign to clear braces, there is no better time to get discrete orthodontic treatment than today.

Why Get Orthodontic Treatment? 

Most adults are interested in what orthodontics can do for them for two reasons – to enhance their appearance and/or to address a misalignment or other functional issue. Many people would love to have a beautiful, straight smile that they can feel good about and orthodontic treatment can help. Adults often find themselves wearing down and chipping their teeth which are in misalignment, and seeking periodontal treatments in areas where teeth are too crowded to floss. Straightening your teeth is more than just for appearance- it’s an investment in your overall oral health and maintenance of your existing teeth. Aligning teeth in a healthy, balanced bite can save a lot of time and money that would otherwise be spent on dental prosthetic restorations.

Working with a skilled orthodontist, not only can you straighten crooked teeth, but you can also correct:

  • Misaligned bites
  • Overbites
  • Underbites
  • Crossbites
  • Crowded teeth
  • Gaps between teeth

Whether your orthodontic need is mild, moderate, or complex, there is a treatment available for you. 

What’s more, when you invest in this dental specialty, you actually walk away with more than just a stellar smile, you walk away with:  

  • Healthier teeth and gums
  • Reduced risk of complex dental issues
  • Straighter teeth
  • Teeth that are properly spaced (no gaps)
  • Proper wear and tear
  • Possible reduction in TMJ discomfort

And, of course, a healthier, happier mouth means less chance of decay and gum disease now and in the future. 

Multiple Treatment Options

As mentioned, there are so many treatment options available to correct orthodontic issues that may not have been available back when you were younger. And that means new opportunities for you today. 

Depending on what your need is, your orthodontist may suggest various types of traditional braces or clear aligners. And many of these make your treatment less visible which is something adults often prefer. 

Ceramic braces are just like traditional metal braces except they are smaller and the color blends in with the tooth.

Clear aligners are popular amongst adults. These allow you to address many orthodontic issues in a discreet manner. They are nearly invisible while wearing them and they can be removed when needed.

Even as an adult, you have multiple treatment options available to you that will provide you with great results. 

Treatment Time

While the options are plentiful and orthodontic treatment for adults is highly successful, you should know that treatment may take a bit longer. Kids and teens undergoing orthodontic care are still growing and developing. This makes it much easier to move teeth around and obtain proper alignment. 

Although it may not always be the case, with adults, the teeth have settled in their place for many years — so they are going to require more encouragement to move. This can result in an extended treatment time. 

Want to Learn More About Adult Orthodontics? 

At Quincy Family Orthodontics, we are all about providing the best orthodontic care to patients of all ages. It is never too late to get the smile you have always dreamed of. Contact us today to get started. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I get Invisalign instead of braces?

Invisalign can be a great option for those who are in need of mild to moderate orthodontic treatment. Your orthodontist will be able to evaluate your needs and determine whether or not it is the right option for you. 

Can you get braces during pregnancy? 

Yes, it is safe to get braces during pregnancy. There does not appear to be any medical reason why a patient should delay orthodontic treatment during this time. In fact, having healthy teeth and gums is vital for overall health and wellness.

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