Orthodontics is not just for children and teens. In fact, 1 in every 5 patients in orthodontic treatment is an adult. Our office has treated individuals in their 50’s, 60’s and even their 70’s. It is never too late to gain the smile you have always wanted.
Adults seek orthodontic treatment for many of the same reasons as children. Some adults had orthodontic problems as children but were unable to correct them until now. Others, who had treatment as children, may need further treatment as adults due to relapse or limitations in initial treatment. Dr. McBeth has undergone additional training to better serve the special needs of adults.
Benefits of Treatment
- Adults can benefit from orthodontic treatment in many ways. These include:
- Alignment of the teeth to create a more esthetic and beautiful smile
- Correction of relapse after previous orthodontic treatment due to lack of long term retainer wear
- Improved ability to brush and floss, especially for crowded or overlapping lower front teeth
- A more comfortable bite and improved health and dental function
- A solution for missing teeth through work with your dentist and other specialists
- Closing of spaces between the teeth
- Reduction of excessive enamel wear on the teeth due to grinding or poor bite
- Correction of upper and lower jaw discrepancy through work with your dentist and oral surgeon
- Accelerated orthodontics to correct narrow arches, deep bites, crossbites and significantly reduce treatment time through work with your periodontist
Appearance of Braces
Many adults are concerned with the appearance of braces. Often, Invisalign® (the invisible alternative to braces) can be used to treat adults. This technology involves clear removable aligners, fabricated through advanced 3D imaging to align the teeth. We also have the option of clear ceramic brackets instead of metal braces.
Orthodontic treatment is no more uncomfortable for adults than children. Adults undergoing orthodontic treatment report the same level of soreness as children (although adults are more willing to tell us about the soreness).
Typically, the teeth are most uncomfortable 12-24 hours after an orthodontic adjustment and will disappear within 3 to 5 days. Modern appliances are smaller and more comfortable to wear. Modern techniques, with the new titanium technology, put less pressure on the teeth, while moving the teeth more rapidly and efficiently. In addition to a decrease in discomfort, technology helps by decreasing the time required between adjustments to every 8 – 10 weeks. Treatment time, on average, is completed in 15-18 months.
The fee for adult orthodontic treatment is determined the same way as child or adolescent treatment. It is based on the severity of the problem, the complexity of the correction, the appliances used, and the length of treatment time.