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Many patients in adulthood believe that they have waited too long for orthodontic treatment to be effective, but this is not the case at all. Adults are opting for braces and alignment trays at higher rates than ever, including celebrities. If you’ve wanted to correct your smile, teeth alignment, or bite, then the smile of your dreams is still well within reach. At Valley Family Dentistry, we are pleased to offer a range of treatment options for adult orthodontics. Talk to your dentist about arranging an orthodontic consultation to see which option is right for you.
Make Your Dream Smile Happen at Any Age
No matter your age, you deserve to feel confident in your smile. Orthodontics for adults can help you achieve a healthier, straighter smile. Adult orthodontics can help you to stop avoiding photos or hiding your teeth when you smile. In just 12-18 months, you could have a bright, happy grin that you can’t wait to show off. If you’re interested in adult orthodontics, we invite you to book a consultation with our orthodontist today.
How Adult Orthodontics Works
To begin developing a custom treatment plan, your orthodontist will examine your teeth and jawline and discuss your options with you. If you’re hoping to correct large gaps in your teeth or significant bite misalignment, they may recommend bracket and wire braces. If your goal is to straighten out a few teeth, they may recommend clear aligner trays instead.
Who Is Eligible for Adult Orthodontics?
Orthodontics is generally recommended for anyone who needs to correct a misaligned bite, such as an overbite, underbite, crossbite, or open bite. Orthodontic treatments are also used to straighten out crooked teeth, close large gaps between teeth, or spread out clustered teeth. Braces and aligner trays will work for anyone with natural teeth, as long as they are not suffering from gum disease. If a patient has gum disease, our dentists will work with them to treat the disease first before developing an orthodontic plan.
The Benefits of Adult Orthodontics
One additional benefit of wearing braces or alignment trays in your adulthood is that the 12–18-month duration seems much shorter in the grand scheme of things than it does when you’re a teenager. Many adults weren’t able to afford orthodontics in their childhood and find themselves in a much better financial situation or with insurance that helps cover the treatment as an adult.
The Challenges of Adult Orthodontics
Regardless of your age, orthodontic treatment has the same requirements as all candidates, including making time for checkups every four to six weeks for progress evaluations and adjustments when needed. If you decide to wear traditional braces, you will have to adhere to a diet that avoids hard and sticky foods to protect your brackets. Maintaining oral hygiene can be trickier with braces and will require extra time in your routine. While there will be several challenges, the long-term benefits of orthodontics as an adult can far outweigh the short-term inconveniences.