You are never too old to experience the benefits of orthodontic treatment! With advancements in technology, more and more adults are seeking orthodontic treatment. In fact, more than 25% of our patients are adults. Here are some of the great advantages of having orthodontic treatment as an adult:
Orthodontic treatment can help to correct crooked teeth or spaces. No matter how big or small you may feel the problem is, if it is something that concerns you we can discuss many treatment options from comprehensive treatment to short term orthodontic solutions. At Strickland Orthodontics, your treatment can be shorter, less noticeable and more comfortable than ever before!
Poorly aligned teeth can make it difficult to keep your teeth clean which increases your chance of having tooth decay or gum disease. They can also cause unnatural wearing of your natural teeth and cause your teeth to not fit together properly. Orthodontic treatment will align your teeth and allow them to fit together better and make it easier to keep your teeth clean and healthy!
While achieving a beautiful smile is always a great benefit of your orthodontic care at Strickland Orthodontics, having the proper fit, or occlusion, of your teeth is just as important. Proper occlusion can provide you with life long health benefits for you mouth and body. People that have well aligned teeth have fewer dental issues and are able to maintain their natural teeth longer. A beautiful smile that will last longer…now that is something to start smiling about!
Absolutely! We move teeth in adults the same way we move teeth in adolescence patients. Even though you are no longer growing, many orthodontic concerns can be corrected very easily and with minimal discomfort or disruption to your schedule.
Depending on which appliance best fits your needs, there are options that are less noticeable. Ceramic (clear) braces are barely noticeable at conversational distance and Invisalign is next-to-invisible! Even our titanium braces are much smaller, sleeker and a lot less noticeable than traditional braces.
You can do almost anything during your orthodontic treatment – swimming, playing sports, playing instruments and, yes, even kissing. The braces are much smaller which allows you to quickly adjust to your treatment. Invisalign is a great option for this concern as it is the most comfortable and least noticeable treatment option available. Improvement in technology allows us to provide your care more efficiently and with fewer appointments, which decreases the interruption to your life while allowing you to enjoy your smile!
During your initial consultation appointment, the doctor will review all of your concerns with you and discuss the best treatment options to address your concerns and help you achieve a healthy and beautiful smile. He will also discuss the different types of braces that you can select.
YES and YES! Orthodontic treatment can help establish the proper fit and placement of your remaining teeth. This will improve the final outcome and longevity of the investment you make in your dental restorations. Dr. Strickland will work closely with your dentist to ensure that the placement of your teeth is ideal for the crowns, bridges or implants that you are planning on having.
The doctor will consult with your dentist and/or periodontist to ensure that your gums are healthy. You will continue close monitoring of your gum health during your orthodontic care. Many patients have an improvement in gum health once their teeth are aligned.
There is an adjustment period that all patients will have for the first few days, but with the advancements in technology allowing smaller braces and lighter tooth moving forces this period of time becomes shorter and shorter. Another reason to SMILE!