Adult Treatment

It’s Time To Smile Your Best

Orthodontic treatment can be successful at any age, and adults especially appreciate the benefits of a beautiful smile. Orthodontics can improve the positions of your teeth for periodontal health, as well as prepare for the placement of crowns, bridges or implants. Crooked teeth and a bad bite can contribute to gum and bone loss, as well as abnormal wear of the teeth.

The fact is, when left untreated, many orthodontic problems may become worse. When you have a malocclusion (another way of saying “bad bite”), your teeth may be crowded, spaced, or may not fit together properly (See Common Problems). Crowded teeth makes it harder to clean and maintain. Given time, crowding may contribute to tooth decay, gum disease and even tooth loss. Bad bites also can result in abnormal wearing of tooth surfaces, difficulty in chewing and damage to supporting bone and gum tissue. Poor tooth alignment can contribute to pain in your jaw joints.

You’ll be pleased to learn that braces will work with your current lifestyle. Today’s technology makes people wearing braces feel better about how they look. Metal brackets are much smaller than they used to be. Even less noticeable are braces made of ceramic or plastics. Your orthodontist will tell you which of these options is best for you.