Orthodontic treatment is not just for children and teens. In fact, 1 in every 5 orthodontic patients is actually an adult. No one is too old for orthodontic treatment!
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.
Benefits of Adult Orthodontics
Adults can benefit from orthodontic treatment in many ways. These include:
- Aligning the teeth to create a more aesthetic and beautiful smile
- Correct relapse of previous orthodontic treatment due to lack of long-term retainer wear
- Improve the ability to brush and floss, especially for crowded or overlapping teeth
- Improved bite for better long-term function
- Address missing teeth
- Prepare for necessary dental treatment such as implants or bridges
- Jaw surgery to correct discrepancy between the upper and lower jaws
Appearance of Braces
Many adults are concerned with the appearance of braces. Often, Invisalign® can be used to treat adults. This technology involves a series of clear removable aligners, fabricated through advanced 3D imaging to align the teeth. LightForce ceramic brackets are also an aesthetic option.
Soreness | Discomfort
Typically, the teeth are most uncomfortable 12-24 hours after an orthodontic adjustment, and this soreness will usually dissipate within 3 to 5 days. Modern appliances are smaller and more comfortable to wear. Invisalign and LightForce braces are both completely custom treatment options which allow for reduced treatment times. These treatment modalities also allow for increased intervals between appointments, fitting into your busy schedule.
The fee for adult orthodontic treatment is determined in the same way as child or adolescent treatment. It is based on the severity of the problem, the appliances used and the length of time to correct.
Dr. Caroline Pawlak has treated individuals in their 50’s, 60’s and even their 70’s. It is never too late to achieve the smile you have always wanted!