01 Jun Orthodontic Care and Options for Adults
As more adults seek orthodontic treatment due to advances in technology and treatment options, it’s important to understand the options available. At Taunton Orthodontics, our Whitby orthodontists – Dr. Singer and Dr. Shapiro can explain the different treatment options for adults, including adult braces and other options.
If you’re considering orthodontic treatment as an adult, our team is here to help guide you through the process and answer any questions you may have.
Why do adults need orthodontic treatment?
Orthodontic treatment can help correct misaligned teeth and address various oral health problems that can arise as a result. These problems may include jaw and speech issues, uneven tooth wear, and difficulties with oral hygiene due to the difficulty of properly cleaning misaligned teeth. In addition, misaligned teeth can have a negative impact on self-esteem and confidence due to cosmetic concerns. Orthodontic treatment can help improve the quality of life by addressing these issues and helping people feel more confident and comfortable in their appearance.
Low Profile Orthodontic Options for Adults
There are many reasons why adults may hesitate to seek orthodontic treatment, including concerns about the appearance of braces. However, advances in dental and orthodontic technology have made it possible for adults to choose from a range of treatment options that are more convenient and discreet. These options come with different benefits and drawbacks, so it is important for adults to carefully consider their options and choose the one that best fits their needs.
Invisalign Clear Aligners
For adults seeking orthodontic treatment, the appearance of traditional braces can be a concern. Fortunately, there are now several discreet treatment options available. One such option is Invisalign clear aligners, which are made of clear, custom-fitted plastic and are barely noticeable to others. These aligners gently move the teeth into the desired position using continuous pressure, without the need for metal brackets or wires.
One of the main benefits of Invisalign aligners is their removability, allowing you to eat, drink, brush, and floss as usual. They are also convenient for daily use, whether at work, at social events, or out and about. However, to achieve successful treatment, it is essential to wear the aligners for 22 hours a day, which requires discipline and organization. You must also remember to switch to new aligner sets as needed and plan your meal times accordingly.
If you’re an adult seeking orthodontic treatment and are not a candidate for Invisalign clear aligners or prefer braces, modern adult braces may be a good option for you. Metal braces have come a long way in terms of comfort and aesthetics, and are made up of brackets, wires, and elastic bands that work together to apply gentle, controlled pressure to your teeth, gradually moving them into the desired position. These fixed appliances can treat a range of malalignment and malocclusion issues, but they do require some adjustments to your oral hygiene routine as they cannot be removed to eat, drink, brush, or floss. However, you won’t need to worry about remembering to change aligner sets or scheduled meal times.
If you are worried about the cost of adult braces, Invisalign clear aligners, or other orthodontic treatments, it is worth speaking with your orthodontist to discuss your options. They may have financing or payment plans available to help make treatment more affordable. It is important to remember that investing in orthodontic treatment can have significant benefits for your oral health, self-confidence, and overall well-being, and it is worth considering ways to make it more accessible if possible.
Do you have questions about orthodontic treatment for adults? Contact Taunton Orthodontics today for insights and advice.