Orthodontics isn’t just for children, and it’s never too late to receive orthodontic treatment. In fact, many adults choose to wear braces to achieve a straighter and healthier smile. If you didn’t wear braces as a child or if the eruption of wisdom teeth misaligned your previously straight smile, you might benefit from orthodontic treatment. Our orthodontists serve patients of all ages.
Benefits of Orthodontics
Having crooked, gapped, or overlapped teeth can affect your self-esteem. Since a smile is one of the first things we notice about others, many people feel that having straight teeth greatly improves one’s professional and social life. In addition to achieving a straight, uniform-looking smile, receiving braces is beneficial to oral health. Misaligned teeth—especially crowded and overlapped teeth—are difficult to keep clean. Plaque and tartar tend to build up between teeth and along the gum line. This can lead to an increased risk for periodontal (gum) disease and dental caries (cavities). Periodontal disease is the number one reason people lose teeth in adulthood, and having cavities requires professional (and sometimes costly) restorations. By straightening your teeth, you can not only preserve your oral health but prevent the likelihood of developing conditions that involve costly and time consuming treatments.
Effective and Comfortable Treatment
While braces were very noticeable and sometimes uncomfortable in the past, much advancement has been made in the materials used to straighten teeth, as well as the methods used for improving the appearance of smiles. For example, patients can choose discreet materials such as tooth-colored brackets and clear or white ligatures. These materials can make braces look very inconspicuous. Advancements in orthodontic techniques can also reduce the duration of treatment for many patients when compared to braces of the past.
When developing a treatment plan, our orthodontists take a custom approach to meet the needs of each of our patients. We will evaluate your oral health by reviewing dental records and conducting a thorough examination to determine the best type of treatment.
To schedule an appointment or consultation, call 210-921-9191 to speak with a member of our caring team today.