Adult Treatment

Many adults choose braces to treat orthodontic problems that were not corrected in childhood. In today's world, more and more adults are choosing clear aligners treatment (Invisalign). Having straight teeth will help you avoid tooth decay, eventual gum disease, and potential tooth loss. Some adults are advised to get braces to correct their bite or misalignment of their jaws. Correcting these problems can improve speech and chewing, and reduce wear on your teeth and stress on the supporting bone and jaw joints.

Types of Adult Braces:
  • Metal / stainless steel brackets - these are conventional braces
  • Ceramic / clear brackets - these are barely noticeable because they are crystal clear
  • Clear aligner systems - these are removable retainer-like appliances (i.e. Invisalign)

Once upon a time, braces were considered to be mainly for children and teens. Today, more and more adults are learning that orthodontic treatment is not restricted by age group. Although treatment on adults may take a bit longer, the results you've dreamed of can still be achieved. With the development of less visible, more effective braces, not to mention the introduction of Invisalign, orthodontic treatment is appealing to many more adults. The length of your treatment depends on the severity of the problem. Appointments with us are usually only 20 minutes long and are generally scheduled every 8-12 weeks, so your schedule is minimally interrupted.

Orthodontic treatment may be only a part of the overall treatment plan for some adults as breakdown or loss of teeth and the bone that supports them can occur. Coordination with an oral surgeon, periodontist, endodontist, and family dentist may also be required. In some cases, your dentist may advise you to get orthodontic treatment before tooth restorations such as crowns, bridges, and implants.

The following are characteristics that can differ between adult treatment and child treatment:
  • No jaw growth
  • Gum or bone loss
  • Worn, damaged, or missing teeth––restorations of these teeth may be required before treatment
  • Painful jaw muscles / TMJ issues
At the initial exam, Dr. Feldman, Dr. McDowell, or Dr. Brockway can determine each individual's needs. Please call our office today to schedule an appointment to see what treatment best addresses your needs and concerns!

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