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The Rise in Popularity of Adult Orthodontics
Everyone deserves a smile they enjoy and feel confident showing each day, and adults should not have to feel insecure when showing their pearly whites due to misalignment concerns. The good news is that adult orthodontics offers a way for adults of all ages to address teeth and jaw misalignments that cause cosmetic, oral health, or functional issues.
Reviewing the rise in popularity of adult orthodontics
In previous decades, orthodontics treatment was more common among younger patients. However, adult orthodontics continues to grow in popularity. This revolution is largely due to innovations within orthodontics, and adults now have more options and treatment flexibility available to them than ever before.
What is adult orthodontics?
Adult orthodontics involves treating teeth and jaw misalignments for individuals who are 18 or older. The treatment methods for adult orthodontics include traditional metal braces, ceramic braces, lingual braces, and clear aligners. The ultimate goal of adult orthodontics is to ensure a proper bite position of the teeth and jaw while the mouth is closed. Of course, many patients seek adult orthodontics for cosmetic concerns, and it can improve one’s smile by making teeth more symmetrical and attractive.
Why is adult orthodontics becoming more popular?
Innovations within orthodontics have made it more accessible for patients of all ages. Treatment times are on average shorter than they have been in the past, and there are more treatment options available than ever before. Some of the treatments are more discreet as well. This has led to more adults seeking orthodontic care past the age of 30.
How is adult orthodontics different?
Adult orthodontics offers many of the same treatments that are available to teenage patients. However, one primary difference between treating younger patients and treating adults is that adults are done growing. This means they have more bone density; the bones are not as malleable as a teenage patient. Subsequently, treatment may take longer on average.
How long will adult orthodontics take?
While adult orthodontics may take longer on average, many patients still see the results they desire in less than a year, particularly for adults with mild to moderate misalignment. For some patients with more severe misalignments, treatment may take closer to two years to complete.
What can I expect during the consultation visit?
The consultation visit is a way for the adult orthodontics professional to examine the patient's misalignment and determine what the most appropriate treatment options are. They can then discuss the best path toward achieving a straighter set of teeth. The patient is also encouraged to ask any questions they may have during the consultation as well.
Learn more about adult orthodontics during an initial visit
Call or message our orthodontic team if you have questions about adult orthodontics or are ready to begin the treatment process. We can arrange a convenient time for you to come in for a consultation visit and determine the best path for you to achieve ideal teeth alignment through adult orthodontics.
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