Did you know that 25 percent of patients seeking orthodontic treatment are adults? You are never too old to enjoy the benefits of a beautiful smile. Not only will straightening your teeth boost confidence, but it will also improve your oral health because crooked teeth are harder to brush and floss properly.
If you are considering orthodontic treatment, these basics points will help you make an informed decision about your options.
How is adult treatment different than orthodontics for kids?
Because older patients are no longer growing, orthodontic treatment at this point is designed help adults attain a vibrant, healthy smile.
Do I have to wear metal braces?
Thanks to advances in orthodontics, adults have more discreet choices for straightening their teeth. Ceramic brackets, lingual braces, and Invisalign clear aligners allow you to achieve an attractive smile without compromising your mature image.
My teeth have been crooked for years. Why should I consider treatment now?
Your smile will not only look better, but your teeth and jaws will function better if they are in proper alignment.
How long will treatment take?
Though it is difficult to predict the exact time frame, your orthodontist will give you an estimated time table based on your case and expected progress. The average time for treatment is 18 to 24 months.
Can orthodontic treatment help with jaw pain?
If misalignment is the cause, correcting your bite should help with the discomfort. If your pain is caused by clenching and grinding at night, your orthodontist can fit you for a night guard.