Adult Orthodontic Treatment

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Orthodontics is not merely for improving the aesthetics of the smile; orthodontic treatment improves malocclusions – or "bad bites" – that occur as a result of tooth or jaw misalignment. Malocclusions can affect every part of your life, including how you eat, how you sleep, how you clean your teeth and how you feel about the way you look. For more information on the initial exam and consultation that determine whether orthodontic treatment is right for you, see our page on planning your First Visit.

According to studies by the American Association of Orthodontists, untreated malocclusions can result in a variety of problems:

  • Crowded teeth are more difficult to properly brush and floss, which may contribute to tooth decay and/or gum disease.
  • Protruding teeth are more susceptible to accidental chipping.
  • Crossbites can result in unfavorable growth and uneven tooth wear.
  • Openbites can result in tongue-thrusting habits and speech impediments.

Ultimately, orthodontics does more than make a pretty smile – it creates a healthier person.

Is orthodontic treatment still possible after all permanent teeth are in?

Braces aren’t just for kids anymore, and adults comprise a large percentage of our orthodontic patients. Tooth alignment can be changed at any age if your gums and bone structure are healthy. We offer a variety of treatments that are designed for different age groups – including adults. A new smile can begin today!

What are the advantages of adult treatment?

Orthodontic treatment at later stages in life can dramatically improve your personal appearance, your self-esteem and your health. Crooked teeth and a bad bite can contribute to gum and bone loss, tooth decay, abnormal wear of the tooth enamel and surfaces, headaches and jaw joint (TMJ/TMD) pain. Orthodontic treatment can also address certain sleep disorders, such as bruxism or teeth-grinding, improving the quality of your sleep and thus your health in general.

What kind of orthodontic treatment is available for adult patients?

Even after the opportunity for interceptive treatment has passed, many options exist for correcting malocclusions and improving your smile. The new techniques and appliances we use greatly reduce discomfort levels, decrease the frequency of visits and shorten treatment time. Furthermore, options exist for making treatment virtually unnoticeable – such as translucent or porcelain braces and transparent aligners like Invisalign®.

During your examination, we will be able to determine the best possible treatment for your individual needs. See our page on planning your First Visit for more information.