Orthodontic Treatment for Adults

Many adults decide that braces are only for children and adolescents and it’s too late to seek treatment. This is not the case! Having dental work done as an adult is a great idea and can provide relief for many conditions you have been unnecessarily suffering from. The option of having braces is available at any time, but there are a few additional factors to consider as an adult:

  1. Your bones are no longer growing, meaning some dental changes may only be available via surgical procedures
  2. Because bones have set, changes will take longer than the same treatment for a child or teen
  3. You will need to work closely with your orthodontist, dentist, and possibly a periodontist during the entirety of your treatment to ensure optimal results

The additional considerations are definitely worth the benefits. Straighter teeth can increase self confidence, decrease susceptibility to other health issues, and relieve pain.

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Confidence

No matter how attractive an individual feels, recognizing that your teeth are somehow misaligned can greatly detract from self-confidence. When you struggle with lower self-esteem as a result of a physical imperfection, life can become unnecessarily unpleasant. By wearing braces for a short period of time, you can speak and interact with confidence because you know your pearly whites look their absolute best.

Tooth Decay Prevention

As many dental experts know, misaligned teeth can make it more difficult for adults to brush and floss their teeth thoroughly. Specifically, having overlapping or crooked teeth makes it difficult for some regions of the teeth to be cleaned properly. This inability to thoroughly clean your teeth can result in greater susceptibility to cavities and the need for dental work such as root canals, fillings, and other expensive procedures.

Heart Disease Prevention

Complications in dental hygiene can have an adverse effect on gum health. If plaque is not removed completely when we clean our teeth, it can accumulate and eventually evolve into hard deposits of tartar. This tartar can cause gum tissue inflammation, which traps food particles between teeth and gums. When trapped pockets of food particles proliferate near and around our teeth, the growth of harmful bacteria is encouraged. Once bacteria begin circulating within the bloodstream, it can contribute to cardiovascular disease. Orthodontic treatment helps this problem by ensuring that your teeth are aligned well and thus pose no cleaning complications.

Metal Braces

Traditional metal braces consist of a stainless steel bracket that is glued to the front of each tooth. These brackets are then wired together in a way that puts pressure on misaligned teeth to slowly move or straighten them. Metal braces are often thought to be uncomfortable and cumbersome. Some people may feel the braces rubbing the inside of their mouth, in which case dental wax is necessary. There are also limitations on the types of foods you can eat with metal braces.

However, traditional metal braces are the most cost effective option. Treatment time for metal braces will vary with the degree of the problem being corrected, but most adults have braces for between one and three years. A removable retainer might be necessary after treatment to maintain results.

Invisalign Platinum

Oftentimes, adults opt not to get braces because they don’t like the conspicuous nature. If you find the notion of having highly visible metal wires on your teeth off-putting, you may be happy to note that clear braces are available. Dr. Maple is an Invisalign Platinum specialist. Invisalign is a series of clear plastic aligners that avoid the obvious aesthetic problems of traditional metal braces. Invisalign is also removable for eating and drinking, so your lifestyle is less interrupted.

Each aligner is developed using a 3D digital scan and computer program to help create the optimal treatment plan. Invisalign eliminates the need for excessive trips to the orthodontist since they are pre-made and frequent adjustments are not required.

Invisalign is not designed for severe malocclusion or teeth requiring extensive orthodontic treatment. Each aligner is used for approximately two weeks before progressing to the next. There are 20 to 30 aligners in a typical treatment with a total average duration of 12 to 18 months.

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Damon System

Damon braces are an innovative way to move your teeth without the pain and adjustments of traditional metal braces. These passive self-ligating braces don’t use bands and elastics to move teeth with force. The amazing shape-memory wires mean teeth move naturally and rapidly. The brackets themselves are small and unobtrusive, coming in metal or clear options.

The Damon System can be up to six months faster than other options due to the self-adjusting nature of the wires. Any adjustments made by your orthodontist are painless and quick, leaving you more time to enjoy life and less time waiting at the orthodontist’s office.

If you are considering braces as an adult, there are a lot of questions you will want to ask your orthodontist. Make your appointment with Dr. Maple today so you can be on your way to a better smile tomorrow.

Not sure if Dr. Maple is the orthodontist for you? Check out our handy guide to choosing the right orthodontist.

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