you’re never too old for a new smile!
Why adults deserve orthodontics too
Orthodontic treatment is no longer just for teens. In fact, the American Association of Orthodontists states that one in five orthodontic patients is over the age of 21. Many adults are choosing to receive treatment because they understand the importance of maintaining their health, and they want to feel better about their appearance. Adults everywhere are taking advantage of the opportunity to receive orthodontic care, and now you can too.
braces are for all ages
Although braces may be a symbol of adolescence, they aren’t just for teenagers anymore. Adults require orthodontic treatment just the same as anyone else. As long as your bone structure and gums are healthy, you are free and clear to proceed with straightening your teeth. No matter your age, you deserve a smile of which you are proud.
Adult treatment options
- Traditional Braces – You may be anxious about the idea of wearing metal braces, but today’s braces are very different from years past. Technology has improved considerably allowing for them to be faster, much smaller, more comfortable and less noticeable than ever before. They also have the added benefit of being the most cost effective option.
- Clear Braces – Adults often wish to hide their braces more than others, and fortunately this is possible with today’s clear braces. Instead of the braces being metal, they are tooth-colored instead which allows for them to blend in very well. Often times patients report that in photographs their clear braces are not even visible! Clear braces are just as effective as metal braces, without the need for as much patient cooperation which Invisalign requires.
- Invisalign – Our most hidden and cosmetic option is Invisalign and it can be an excellent choice for highly motivated individuals. The results from Invisalign are just as amazing as braces, but it does require more self-control. Invisalign aligners do provide the added benefit of not interfering with eating, which is perfect for adults who wish to straighten their smile without giving up the foods they love. You also have the ability to remove them for special occasions and thus are a great option if you have any major upcoming social events to attend.
Differences between adult and adolescent orthodontics
The main difference between treating adults and children is that the jawbones of younger patients are still developing. For adults, these bones have stopped growing, which can make treating certain bites more difficult. Some adult patients require a combination of orthodontics and jaw surgery to reach an ideal outcome. Other differences include:
- Gum or bone loss (periodontal disease) — Adults are more likely to experience gum recession or even bone loss due to periodontal disease. Patients with straighter teeth are less likely to get gum disease.
- Worn or missing teeth — Over time teeth can become worn down and shift into different positions that can only be corrected with orthodontic treatment. Missing teeth can cause other teeth to shift resulting in a bad bite and increasing the possibility of gum disease.
- Incomplete orthodontic treatment as a teen — Many adults received some orthodontic treatment when they were younger, but it was never fully corrected. As an adult, they choose to complete their treatment to achieve the healthy, beautiful smile they always wanted.
Reasons adults consider orthodontic treatment
- Straight teeth are healthy teeth — Teeth that are properly aligned are easier to keep clean with flossing and brushing, and may help prevent other health problems.
- Beautiful, straight smiles build confidence — Orthodontic treatment can help boost your self-confidence, giving you a better quality of life and the freedom to smile without holding back!
- Mouths left untreated usually get worse — Not receiving orthodontic treatment when it’s needed can create long-term health issues costing you more in the end.
Treatment time in braces
The time frame for adult braces varies by patient. Simple treatments that are mainly correcting mild to moderate relapse from not wearing your retainers can often range from 9 – 18 months. Patients with complex malocclusions, however, especially ones that have never had braces before might wear them for closer to 2 years. Rest assured, we can discuss all of your goals and wishes at your consultation and come up with a plan that makes sense for your lifestyle.
Cost of Braces
The cost of your braces will vary based on the type of braces, how long you wear them, and other individual factors. We do understand the importance of keeping the cost of your treatment within an affordable range for you, and thus we will work with you to help make this a possibility. We always offer in-house financing (no interest charged to you) to all of our patients, and it is also possible to extend payment plans longer than your actual treatment time if this will help with your budget.