Orthodontic treatment can be successful at any age and adults especially appreciate the benefits of a beautiful smile. In fact, about one in every five orthodontic patients today is over age 21. Thanks to today’s smaller, less visible, more comfortable brackets, adults are finding braces more appealing. Healthy teeth, bones, and gums respond well to orthodontic treatment at almost any age. It’s never too late to get a healthy, beautiful smile.
Orthodontic treatment offers a multitude of benefits, including:
- Aligning teeth for a more beautiful and aesthetic smile
- Closing spaces where teeth are missing
- Correcting TMJ (jaw joint) problems
- Creating a more comfortable bite to reduce excessive wear on teeth and improve the ability to chew food properly
- Alleviating Sleep Apnea
- Improving the ability to brush and easily floss to prevent gum disease, especially for crowded or overlapping lower front teeth
Improved Braces Technology
Braces have come a long way! The new Damon® Brace System considerably reduces treatment time, and they are smaller and more comfortable to wear. Adults report the same level of comfort as children regarding orthodontic treatment. Typically, any discomfort disappears within two to five days.
Modern techniques, like the new titanium technology (heat-activated wires) and the Damon® Brace System, put less pressure on teeth while moving them more rapidly and efficiently. On average, total treatment time lasts about 15-18 months.
Invisalign for Adults
Invisalign is a great option for adults looking for the most discreet orthodontic treatment; it can give you a straighter and healthier smile with the convenience and flexibility to meet any lifestyle!
Aside from being virtually invisible, Invisalign also allows you to maintain better hygiene and requires fewer office visits. To find out if you are a candidate for Invisalign, give us a call and we’ll set you up with a consultation.
Frequently Asked Questions About Adult Treatment
Most orthodontic issues are inherited and cannot be prevented, but some are due to habits or medical and dental problems. Inherited problems involve the jaws, teeth and face. Crowding of teeth, spacing, extra or missing teeth and/or upper and lower jaw growth abnormalities are some examples of orthodontic problems. Non-inherited issues include finger habits, enlarged tonsils and adenoids, allergies, asthma, premature loss of baby and/or permanent teeth, and poor dental care. Regardless of cause, these factors affect the position of teeth as they erupt and the jaw develops throughout the growing years.
The placement of bands and brackets, or Invisalign®, on your teeth does not hurt. Once your braces are placed and connected with the archwires, or your Invisalign® aligners are inserted, your teeth begin to gradually move. You may feel some discomfort for one to four days. With the Damon® Braces System, discomfort is significantly reduced or eliminated. Tylenol or Advil works well to alleviate any discomfort you may have. Your lips and cheeks may need one to two weeks to get used to the braces once they are initially placed on your teeth. Your orthodontic hygienist will provide you with all of the information necessary to make this transition as easy as comfortable possible.
We use a special device to break the bond to the plastic adhesive on the back of the bracket. The brackets remain attached to the wire and everything is removed in a few minutes with little discomfort. If any bonding material remains on the tooth, it is smoothed off with a polishing disk.
Upon completion of orthodontic treatment, retainers will be made to maintain your new beautiful smile. Retainers are to be worn every night (10-12 hours per night) for approximately one year. Even after the teeth become stable, it is important to continue to wear your retainers at least a few nights a week, indefinitely. This is your insurance policy that you will maintain your new smile for a lifetime.
Absolutely. You should continue to see your general dentist for cleanings and regular dental check-ups at least once every six months as normal.