Orthodontic care isn’t just for teens. In fact, it never has been. While adults have had their reasons for skipping treatment in the past—namely, the look of braces—advancements in the field have made it so the look of braces is now a non-issue. If you are over the age of 21—as about a fifth of our patients are—here is what you need to know about orthodontics.

Orthodontic Treatment Isn’t Just Aesthetic

It can be easy to dismiss orthodontic care as a cosmetic issue. However, a bad bite has lasting health effects. From pain in the jaw to digestive issues from improperly chewed food to unevenly worn teeth, there is a lot that can happen just from your bite being misaligned. Orthodontic treatment does not just make you look better: it makes you healthier overall.

It Can Be More Complicated Than With Teens

Because adult bodies are done growing, treatment can be slightly harder. There are also certain underlying health issues that can complicate the process. For example, bone and gum loss may need to be addressed before correcting tooth alignment. Missing teeth can also lead to bigger problems, making it harder to correct misalignment.

There Are Many Types of Treatment Options

If you do not want to wear traditional metal braces, the good news is that you do not have to. There are numerous options to choose from based on what you need for treatment and what will make you feel more comfortable. Some options we offer include:

  • Clear braces
  • Ceramic braces
  • Self-ligating braces
  • Lingual (behind the tooth) braces
  • Invisible braces
  • Traditional metal braces

If you wish your smile were better or you want to address health issues caused by misalignment, there is nothing that should stand in your way. Schedule your appointment with us to learn about the options available to you.