It is never too late to receive braces and orthodontic treatment. In fact, many adults require and benefit from orthodontic treatment such as clear braces. Even if adult patients received treatment from their orthodontist during adolescence, further treatment may be necessary to maintain a healthy bite and the proper alignment of teeth—especially after wisdom teeth erupt through the gum line. Fortunately, adults looking to straighten their teeth have many options including ceramic braces, clear braces, and traditional metal braces.
It is never too late to receive braces and orthodontic treatment.
Although many people associate a straight-looking smile with attractiveness, they may be surprised to learn that a straight smile also promotes optimal oral health. When teeth are crooked or overlapping one another, it is difficult to thoroughly brush and floss between teeth. Many times, patients with crooked and overlapped teeth develop decay in hard-to-reach crevices between misaligned teeth. In addition to a heightened risk for cavities, patients with improperly aligned teeth are also at risk for developing TMJ disorder, a painful condition where the TMJ is unable to function properly due to unnecessary stress on the joint and its surrounding tissues.
Adults in need of braces should schedule a consultation with an orthodontist to review their options and determine which treatment plan is best for their needs. During a consultation, an orthodontist will closely evaluate the positioning of all teeth and how they align with one another when the mouth is closed. Based on the needs of the patient, your orthodontist may recommend discreet treatments such as clear or ceramic braces. Clear braces involve using customized plastic aligners over a period of time to move teeth to a straighter position. Ceramic braces are also an inconspicuous option as the brackets used to anchor orthodontic appliances are tooth-colored.
Our orthodontist is experienced with straightening teeth for patients of all ages, including adults. To learn more about orthodontic methods used to straighten adult teeth, contact our office to schedule your consultation with our orthodontist.