Of course, some people do not have the opportunity to straighten their teeth when they are young. Luckily, orthodontic treatments can be successful at any age. You might be surprised to find a great deal of our patients are in fact grown ups. For adults who have spent their entire lives living with orthodontic complications, successful treatments can be life-changing. We love seeing the joy of an adult looking at their new smile for the first time! When we see the changes in stability and aesthetics from a successful treatment plan, we are as excited as our patients!
Moreover, current evidence shows well-aligned teeth improve your ability to maintain proper oral hygiene, reduce the incidence of periodontal or gum disease, and actually improve overall periodontal health—all of which are very grown-up concerns. Crooked teeth and a bad bite can contribute to gum and bone loss, tooth decay, abnormal wear of the tooth enamel and surfaces, headaches and jaw joint (TMJ/TMD) pain.
Compared to enduring those complications, the time spent undergoing orthodontic treatment is a worthwhile investment. Better still, modern orthodontics feature new techniques, technologies, and appliances that greatly reduce discomfort levels, decrease the frequency of visits, and shorten treatment time. Depending on what your orthodontic situation is, your options may include metal braces, translucent braces or Invisalign, which is an option for clear braces. We will decide what is the best option for your treatment during the initial examination, and outline a treatment plan, including its expected duration and the approximate cost.