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Adult Orthondontic Treatment With Invisalign

Modern orthodontics is much different than it was a decade or so ago. When most people think of orthodontics, they think of teenagers. And the fact is, most orthodontics treatment begins between the ages of 9 and 14. However, adults should not be worried about their smiles. The days of having to hide your smile are long gone and technology can give you the smile you’ve always dreamed of. With adult orthodontics you are never too old to improve your smile.

Thanks to today’s smaller, less visible, more comfortable brackets, adults are finding braces more appealing. Many adults also choose Invisalign (invisible braces) for as a great alternative to traditional braces. Healthy teeth, bones and gums respond well to orthodontic treatment at almost any age. It’s never too late to get a healthy, beautiful smile.

Adult Orthodontics Information

Adults make up about one in every five orthodontic patients.

  • Orthodontic treatment can help correct crooked teeth or spaces that you’ve been self-conscious about for years. It can give you the confidence and pride that come with straight teeth and a great smile.

Maintain dental health

  • Leaving misaligned teeth untreated may lead to other dental problems such as tooth decay and gum disease, as well as abnormal wearing of tooth surfaces and difficulty in chewing.

Orthodontic treatment can help you keep good dental health. Advances in orthodontics have made treatment more comfortable and more successful than ever for people of all ages.

Orthodontists work with other dental practitioners— general dentists, periodontists, prosthodontists, oral surgeons — to provide a comprehensive approach to your dental health.

Orthodontists receive an additional 2 to 3 years of specialized education beyond dental school to learn the proper way to align and straighten teeth. Only those with this education may call themselves “orthodontists,” and only orthodontists are eligible for membership in the American Association of Orthodontists.

Adult Orthodontics Treatment FAQ

Is orthodontic treatment effective for adults?

Yes. Healthy teeth can be moved at any age. Many orthodontic problems can be corrected as easily for adults as for children. Orthodontic forces move teeth in the same way for both adults and children.

How much does treatment cost?

The cost of orthodontic treatment will depend on many factors, including the severity of the problem, its complexity and length of treatment. Your orthodontist will be glad to discuss the cost with you before treatment begins.

Patients are finding that braces are more affordable today than ever. Most orthodontists offer a variety of convenient payment plans, and many dental insurance plans now include orthodontic benefits.

Am I a good fit for orthodontic treatment?

Consulting with Dr. Agarwal can help you determine if you can benefit from adult orthodontic treatment. After carefully analyzing the nature of your needed correction, Dr. Agarwal will recommend the best course of treatment for improving your smile.

Do the orthodontics devices have to show?

There are many options are available today to minimize the appearance of braces. Today’s appliances are smaller and sleeker, and some are next-to invisible. Dr. Agarwal can advise you as to what options are recommended for your
particular needs.

Can my teeth be straightened with gum disease?

Your orthodontist will consult with your dentist and/or periodontist about the health of your gums. If you are a candidate for adult orthodontic treatment, you will continue regular supervision with your dentist and periodontist. In many cases, tooth alignment can improve the health of the gums.

Can orthodontic treatment help my bite if I’m missing some teeth?

Orthodontic treatment can create or hold space to replace missing teeth. The orthodontist will work with the dentist or dental specialist who will provide bridges or implants so that the patient achieves the best result.

Lifestyle changes with adult orthodontics?

You can do almost anything during orthodontic treatment — sing, play a musical instrument, dine out, kiss, and even have your picture taken. Some adjustments will be necessary, but, if you’re like the vast majority of adult patients, you’ll adjust quickly. New techniques and materials today have made wearing braces more comfortable than ever.