ORTHODONTIC TREATMENT AS AN ADULT
Let's face it. Not everyone wants to start orthodontic treatment as an adult. You may remember awkward moments with your friends in junior high and high school struggling with their braces and headgear. You may cringe at the thought of going out to a nice restaurant with your co-workers or significant other and trying to hide your appliances. You may worry about how much this is going to hurt and cost.
I've got good news for you.
Adult Orthodontic Treatment is reaching new heights. Today, more adults are seeking out orthodontic treatment because they know that orthodontic patients are being treated faster and more comfortably than ever before. They're learning that modern orthodontic materials and appliances can make tooth movement comfortable, efficient, and predictable. They're learning that orthodontic appliances are being made more esthetic than ever before. They're learning that modern orthodontic appliances are being custom-made for each individual patient and are delivering beautiful results in faster times. They're learning that certain procedures can speed up treatment and make adult teeth move as fast as a child's teeth. They're learning that financing can make paying for orthodontic treatment as affordable as a cell phone or cable bill.
Simply put, it's a good time to be an adult seeking orthodontic treatment.
Modern orthodontic appliances are much more esthetic than ever before. Braces can be clear or nearly "invisible" [ Clear Braces ]. Sometimes we can even "hide" the braces on the inside of the mouth. Clear aligners are an incredibly popular category for adult treatment [ Clear Aligners ]. While not every patient is a good candidate for clear aligner therapy, the list of disqualified patients is shrinking every year. Regardless of which type of treatment you pursue, your friends may have to stare at your teeth to find out you're in treatment. It's a great time to start treatment!
Modern orthodontic appliances are much more comfortable than in years past. Modern archwires make braces adjustment appointments an easy routine to adopt. Some patients will ask their doctor to "crank it up" and "make it hurt" because they think that this will speed up their treatment. The truth is, the last few decades of orthodontic appliances have focused on light and persistent forces and it's made orthodontics faster (see below) and more comfortable than ever before. Certain appliances (like clear aligners) have self-limitation built in. These appliances never push teeth past their biologic speed limit and the result is a smooth comfortable ride all the way to the finish line. There may be exceptions to the rule, but adult patients who've been treated in decades past will find their second experience a much more pleasant and comfortable journey.
SPEED AND EFFICIENCY
Orthodontic treatment is getting faster. We're still held back by the inherent biologic limitations of the human body, but our appliances are ever improving. Modern appliances are custom-made for each individual patient and allow for very specific tooth-movements allowing us to avoid unwanted tooth-movement and ultimately wasting time getting to the finish-line. When we want to push things further, we can even consider other options to get the most out of our appliances or kick-start the body's inflammatory tooth movement process. Read on for more information about customized appliances [ Amazing Technology ].
PROTECTING YOUR INVESTMENT
If you've finally made the decision to "go for it" and pursue orthodontic treatment, you want to know that you'll be able to protect your smile investment. Our orthodontic research and literature is chock-full of information about how to keep teeth straight once we get them there. We offer a number of different retainer options to fit your circumstances and we'll help you find the peace of mind to know you'll be able to keep your smile looking beautiful for decades to come! Read on for more information about Retainers and Retention [ Retainers and Retention ].
Let's face it, sometimes you don't want (or need) the whole enchilada. There may be times when an adult patient wants less-than-full-treatment. They may know they have a skeletal discrepancy (upper jaw to lower jaw relationship problem) or a significant bite issue but they only want to focus on fixing the front teeth. We'll be happy to sit down with you and chat about the trade-offs of your individual scenario and when this is or isn't a good idea. We can often help our patients find a great deal of satisfaction with a limited amount of treatment. Contact us to find out more information about your own scenario.