Lots of Adults Choose Orthodontics
Today, adults make up about one in every four orthodontic patients, and here’s why:
Orthodontic treatment can help correct crooked teeth or spaces that you’ve been self-conscious about for years. It can give you the confidence and pride that come with straight teeth and a great smile.
Teeth Can Shift
Believe it or not, your teeth don’t stop moving when you’re young. Teeth that seemed straight and aligned in youth could have shifted later in life. This can lead to jaw pain, trouble brushing, or a smile you’re unhappy with.
Maintaining Dental Health
If you leave misaligned teeth untreated, you may end up with other dental problems such as tooth decay and gum disease. You may also have difficulty chewing or abnormal wear on the surface of your teeth.
Why Is Orthodontic Treatment Important for Adults?
- Can help prevent or improve periodontal problems
- Can help prevent or reduce further bone loss around teeth
- Improves the ability of the dentist to restore missing teeth
- Improves aesthetics for a better smile and facial appearance
- Improves function of teeth
- Improves self-confidence and self-esteem
- Improves oral health
Is Orthodontic Treatment Effective for Adults?
Yes. Healthy teeth can be moved at any age. Many orthodontic problems can be corrected as easily for adults as for children. Orthodontic forces move teeth in the same way for both adults and children.
Do Appliances Have to Show?
No. Many options are available today to minimize the appearance of braces. Today’s braces are smaller and sleeker, and some are next-to-invisible. Dr. Just can advise you about options that will fit your particular needs. You can find more information about types of braces, including Invisalign. These options allow you to have flexibility and discretion during your treatment.
Will Orthodontic Treatment Fit My Lifestyle?
Absolutely. You can do almost anything during orthodontic treatment – sing, play a musical instrument, dine out, kiss, and even have your picture taken. Some adjustments may be necessary. But, if you’re like the vast majority of adult patients, you’ll adjust quickly.
Am I a Good Fit for Orthodontic Treatment?
During your consultation, Dr. Just can determine if you will benefit from treatment. After carefully analyzing the nature of your needed correction, Dr. Just will recommend the best course of treatment for improving your smile, including the different types of braces that are best for your treatment.
I’m Missing Some Teeth. Can Orthodontic Treatment Improve My Bite?
Yes. Orthodontic treatment can create or hold space to replace missing teeth. Dr. Just will work with your dentist or dental specialist. They will provide bridges or implants so that you can achieve the best result.
I’ve Been Treated for Gum Disease. Can My Teeth be Straightened?
Most Likely. Dr. Just will consult with your dentist and/or periodontist about the health of your gums. If you’re a candidate for orthodontic treatment, you will continue regular supervision with your dentist and periodontist. In many cases, tooth alignment can improve the health of the gums.
How Much Does Treatment Cost?
You will find that braces are more affordable today than ever. At Just Orthodontics, we offer a variety of convenient payment plans and accept many dental insurance plans that include orthodontic benefits.
Why Choose an Orthodontist?
You’ll get the best treatment. Orthodontists are dental specialists who diagnose, prevent, and treat dental and facial irregularities. Dr. Just received an additional two full years of specialized education beyond dental school to learn the proper way to align and straighten teeth. Only those with this formal education may call themselves “orthodontists,” and only orthodontists may be members of the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO).