Although childhood is the ideal time to make changes to the position of the teeth, more adults are opting for orthodontic treatment and achieving excellent results. The American Association of Orthodontists reports that 25% of orthodontic patients are adults, and that the number of adults increased by 40% between 1989 and 2012, with nearly 1.5 million adults wearing braces by 2014.
The popularity of braces among adults is growing and showing no signs of slowing down. Technology offers a variety of strategies to complete treatment quickly and effectively – without interrupting your lifestyle.
For adults, it is important that you are a good candidate. However, as long as you have relatively healthy jawbone density and gum tissue, you can be a candidate for orthodontic treatment. Whatever your orthodontic needs might be, we can help give you the healthier, straighter smile you’ve always wanted.
While you are considering your options, you have to take into account the time and financial commitment, as well as the aesthetic impact, that braces may have on you. A typical course of orthodontic care takes about 12 to 24 months, based on the condition of your teeth and the severity of misalignments. If you opt for a treatment that involves aligners such as Invisalign or retainers, the length of treatment depends on how faithfully you wear it. However, Dental Depot offers a variety of treatment options for Phoenix area patients that will fit into your lifestyle and budget. Yes, adult braces are doable!
If you are considering adult braces, you probably first considered aesthetic benefits. But the benefits of orthodontic work extends beyond good looks. If your gums and bone structure are healthy, the alignment of your teeth can be changed at any age. Repairing an improper bite can help prevent related conditions such as abnormal wear of tooth enamel and surfaces, headaches and even jaw and joint (TMJ/TMD) pain. Adult orthodontic treatments not only improve your smile but your teeth and gums. Crooked teeth and improper bite can cause a number of problems as you age. Moreover, when teeth are properly aligned, at-home care and maintenance are easier and more effective, helping to reduce tooth decay and gum disease, and improving overall health. Studies have proven that poor dental health can lead to increased risk for heart disease, respiratory infections, diabetic complications, and even dementia. As you can see, braces are as much an investment in your oral health as they are in your confidence.
Since you were a teen, orthodontic treatment has made many major improvements – especially when it comes to the experience of having braces. Thanks to advanced procedures and technology, most patients enjoy shorter treatment times, less discomfort and greater overall results.
There is also a variety of alternatives to traditional braces such as clear Invisalign aligners. At Dental Depot, we offer choices in orthodontic appliances, based on your situation and needs. In addition to traditional braces, we also offer silver Damon brackets and more discreet options, including clear Damon brackets, and Invisalign, which are clear, custom-made aligners that gradually move teeth into position based on your personalized treatment plan.
You don’t know what’s possible until you ask. Schedule a free, no-obligation consultation at any of our Phoenix locations and find out if orthodontic treatment is right for you. Our orthodontic team will be happy to conduct an initial assessment and discuss treatment options, time frames, and approximate costs with you. Click here to find the location nearest you.