Adult Orthodontic Treatment
Many people believe that braces or other corrective measures are only effective for children and teenagers. But it’s never too late to get orthodontic treatment. As a matter of fact, 1 in 3 orthodontic patients is an adult!
Orthodontics can be just as effective for adults as it is for younger patients. What’s worse is leaving misaligned teeth untreated regardless of age. It can lead to a host of problems such as difficulty speaking, eating, and even breathing. Additionally, crooked or overcrowded teeth can cause tooth decay, gum disease, jaw pain, and headaches.
How is Adult Orthodontics Different?
While orthodontics is recommended for patients ages 7 and up, there is a difference between approaches to the adult and children/teen treatment. First, adults tend to have fully developed jaws and teeth, while children are still growing and developing. This means that adult orthodontic treatments may require different approaches than those for kids.
Additionally, adults may have more complicated dental issues that need to be addressed, such as missing or damaged teeth. They may also have some medications and habits like smoking, bruxism, and tongue thrusting can affect the procedure. For this reason, it’s common for orthodontists to work with the patient’s dentist to ensure coordinated care.
At Indian Land Orthodontics, we make sure to provide comprehensive and personalized treatment plans for our adult patients. We understand the unique challenges that come with adult treatment, and we are committed to finding solutions that work best for each individual’s needs.
Orthodontic Solutions for the Adult Lifestyle
For many adults, orthodontic treatment can feel daunting – especially if they feel self-conscious about wearing braces. However, thanks to modern advancements in orthodontic technology, discreet and sophisticated options are now available.
From clear aligners to ceramic braces, these options work subtly and effectively to improve your smile without compromising your appearance. So if you’ve been putting off treatment for a while now, rest assured that you have a selection of treatments based on your lifestyle.
First off, let’s start with the good ol’ traditional metal braces. Metal braces are a tried-and-true method for straightening teeth, and they work by applying constant pressure to gently shift teeth into the desired position. They are also highly customizable, allowing for precise adjustments to achieve the best possible results.
With advancements in technology and design, metal braces are more comfortable and discreet than ever. And if you are dealing with severe dental issues, metal braces may be your most effective option.
Clear ceramic braces are a game-changer for adult patients who want to improve their smile without the look of metal braces. These braces work by using clear brackets that are nearly invisible. The brackets are made of a high-tech composite material that is quite strong and will not easily stain or discolor over time.
Clear brackets blend in with the natural color of the teeth, making them a subtle orthodontic appliance. And with modern technology, clear ceramic braces can be as effective as metal braces at moving teeth into proper alignment.
Invisalign is a cutting-edge orthodontic treatment perfect for patients who want to straighten their teeth without brackets attached to them. The clear, removable aligners work by gradually shifting your teeth into the desired position as you wear one set after another.
Adult patients are especially suited for Invisalign because it’s discreet and convenient. Unlike traditional braces, there are no food restrictions or complicated hygiene routines. You simply remove the aligners when you eat or brush your teeth, then put them back in when you’re done.
Tips for Getting Ready for an Orthodontic Treatment
Schedule a consultation with an orthodontist
You may not have made your mind up yet about getting treatment or what appliance to choose. Regardless, it’s a great idea to schedule a consultation.
Our orthodontists Dr. Meredith Quimby and Dr. Kelly Collins can provide valuable insight and guidance on how to fix these problems. And since they are going to perform an examination, they’ll be able to discuss your case and what it will take to get a straight and healthy smile.
Discuss treatment options and concerns with your orthodontist
Once the evaluation is completed, your orthodontist will be able to recommend the best course of action based on your specific needs and desires for your smile. Don’t be afraid to ask questions or express any concerns you may have about the different options.
Remember, getting orthodontic treatment is an investment in your future. It will give you a beautiful, straight smile that can boost your confidence and self-esteem and improve your oral health and prevent future dental problems.
Prepare to discuss dietary changes with your orthodontist
Getting braces or aligners involves dietary restrictions to ensure the orthodontic treatment is effective and efficient. Certain foods can damage the brackets, wires, or aligners which may lead to additional appointments, longer treatment time, and discomfort.
Therefore, avoiding hard, sticky, chewy, and crunchy foods like popcorn, nuts, caramel, gum, and ice is important. Additionally, carbonated drinks and acidic beverages such as soda and lemonade should be avoided because they can erode the enamel and cause tooth decay. However, soft fruits and vegetables, lean proteins, dairy products, and whole grains are recommended for a healthy diet during orthodontic treatment.
Prepare for any pain or discomfort
Orthodontic treatments can be uncomfortable and even painful at times, but there are steps you can take to prepare yourself for the journey ahead. First and foremost, you need to know that it’s temporary and there are solutions to alleviate any pain and discomfort. Our orthodontist will give you tips on how to manage the soreness, such as using over-the-counter pain relief medication or applying a cold pack to your face.
It’s also important to maintain good oral hygiene during your orthodontic treatment to prevent any infections or other complications. Brushing after each meal and flossing regularly are crucial steps in keeping your teeth and gums healthy. And remember, even though it may be tempting, don’t skip your regular appointments.
Start Your Adult Orthodontic Journey Today
Starting your adult orthodontic journey with Indian Land Orthodontics is simple and stress-free! Our team of experienced professionals understands the unique needs of every patient and works diligently to create a treatment plan tailored to your individual goals and concerns.
Schedule a complimentary consultation today so Dr. Quimby and Dr. Collins can work closely with you every step of the way. If you have any questions, contact us and we’ll be happy to assist you.