It’s never too late to benefit from orthodontic treatment no matter what your age. Statistically, 1 in every 5 patients in orthodontic care is an adult. Adults seek orthodontic treatment for many of the same reasons as children.
Benefits of Treatment
Adults can benefit from orthodontic treatment in many ways. These include:
- Align the teeth to create a more aesthetic and beautiful smile
- Correct relapse after previous orthodontic treatment due to lack of long term retainer wear
- Improve the ability to brush and floss, especially for crowded or overlapping teeth
- Create a more functional bite to prevent abnormal wearing of tooth enamel
- Address missing teeth and close spaces between the teeth
Appearance of Braces
Many adults are concerned with how braces will affect their appearance. Traditional braces or Invisalign® (The invisible alternative to braces) can be used to treat most adults. This technology involves clear removable aligners, fabricated through advanced 3D imaging to align the teeth.
Thanks to advanced techniques and technology, orthodontic treatment is more comfortable and more successful that ever for people of all ages.
Typically, the teeth are most uncomfortable 12-24 hours after an orthodontic adjustment and will subside within 3 to 5 days. Many of today’s treatment options are designed to minimize the appearance of the appliances and better fit an adult lifestyle. Modern appliances are smaller and more comfortable to wear combined with modern techniques. New technology decreases pressure on the teeth causing less discomfort and promotes shorter treatment time. Titanium wires decreases the time required between adjustments to every 8 to 10 weeks on average, resulting in fewer trips to the office.
The fee for adult orthodontics is determined the same way as child or adolescent treatment. It is based on the individual and the complexity of the correction needed, the appliances used and the length of time to complete.
Dr. DeWitt has treated individuals in their 50’s, 60’s and even their 70’s. It is never too late to attain the smile you have always wanted.