Though treatments such as braces are often considered a hallmark of adolescence, many adults can also benefit from orthodontics. For adults, several options are available that can make orthodontic treatment more comfortable and convenient, resulting in a better overall appearance and improved dental health.
Though treatments such as braces are often considered a hallmark of adolescence, many adults can also benefit from orthodontics.
Deciding on Orthodontic Treatment
As you grow older, your teeth can shift, become worn down, or you might lose teeth, causing your alignment to become less than optimal. Alternatively, you might have required orthodontic treatment when you were younger but did not have it for various reasons. In either of these cases, you can benefit greatly from orthodontics.
Untreated problems with alignment can lead to numerous issues such as persistent headaches, teeth grinding and clenching, earaches, and wear and tear that leads to eventual tooth loss. Crooked teeth and a poorly aligned bite are more than a cosmetic concern, and should be addressed to prevent long-term problems.
Orthodontic Treatment Options for Adults
Advances in orthodontics mean that there are many options for adults who choose to have their teeth straightened or their alignment corrected. Traditional braces are one option among many, and are the best choice to correct certain issues. However, you should ask your orthodontist about other treatment methods, which can include:
- Invisalign. Clear plastic trays used to move your teeth into the proper position.
- Ceramic braces. Much less visible than traditional metal braces.
- Lingual braces. Braces placed on the backs of the teeth.
Your orthodontist can help you decide which is the best approach for you. For example, if you spend a great deal of time addressing the public as part of your job, less visible braces might be a good option for you. Many adults choose ceramic braces or Invisalign for this reason. You will discuss these options during your consultation, during which you’ll see exactly what needs to be changed in your alignment, the best approach to make these changes, and what your teeth will look like when treatment is completed.
To find out more about orthodontic treatment for adults, please contact either of our convenient orthodontic offices to schedule a consultation.