Orthodontics were historically associated with teenagers. Today, an increasing number of adults are choosing to correct malocclusion, align their bite, straighten their teeth, and transform their smiles. In fact, it is now estimated that almost one half of all current orthodontic patients are adults.
Orthodontic treatments are predictable, versatile, and incredibly successful at re-aligning the teeth. Orthodontics works in the same way regardless of the age of the patient, but the treatment time is greatly reduced in patients who are still experiencing jaw growth and have not been affected by gum disease. In short, an adult can experience the same beautiful end results as a teenager, but treatment often takes longer.
Can adults benefit from orthodontics?
Absolutely! Crooked or misaligned teeth look unsightly, which can cause a low self-esteem and a lack of self confidence. Aside from poor aesthetics, improperly aligned teeth can also cause difficulties biting, chewing, and articulating clearly. Generally speaking, dentists agree that straight teeth tend to be healthier teeth.
Straight teeth offer a multitude of health and dental benefits including:
Reduction in general tooth decay
Decreased likelihood of developing periodontal disease
Decreased likelihood of tooth injury
Reduction in digestive disorders
The most common types of malocclusion are underbite (lower teeth protrude further than upper teeth), overbite (upper teeth protrude further than lower teeth), and overcrowding where there is insufficient space on the arches to accommodate the full complement of adult teeth.
Prior to recommending specific orthodontic treatment, the dentist will recommend treatment of any pre-existing dental conditions such as gum disease, excess plaque or tarter, defective dental work and tooth decay.
We recommend Invisalgin Clear Aligner Therapy for Adults!
Invisalign® – Created and manufactured by Align Technologies, Invisalign® aligners are BPA free, proprietary plastic, custom clear trays that are worn at least 22 hours a day for the determined amount of weeks depending on the patient's chief concerns and the conditions being treated by Dr. Flack. Invisalign® aligners are the only clear aligner system that only covers your teeth and does not touch your gum tissue. Invisalign® treatment uses patented movement attachments and calculated IPR (Inter-Proximal Reduction or enamel slenderization between the teeth) to provide the best and quickest results without painful adjustments and long treatment durations. Invisalign® aligners are removable, more comfortable and less obtrusive than traditional metal braces.
If you have any questions about Invisalign for Adults, please contact our office at (507)625-CARE(2273)!