Adult Treatment

Today, adults of any age who have healthy teeth, gums and bone structure can also benefit from the improvement in appearance and function that comes with orthodontic treatment. It is estimated that one out of five orthodontic patients is an adult. Nowadays, it’s not uncommon for an orthodontist to treat patients in their 50’s, 60’s and older! Advancements in the orthodontic field now allow movement of teeth using lighter wires and forces than in the past. That means that orthodontic treatment is more efficient and involves less discomfort than ever before. Also, our office offers esthetic options for patients who prefer not to wear traditional metal braces, including ceramic "tooth-colored" braces and clear aligner therapy (Invisalign).

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How does adult treatment differ from that of children and adolescents?

    Orthodontic forces move the teeth in the same way for both children and adults, but complicating factors, such as lack or jaw growth, may create different treatment planning needs for the adult. Adults are not growing and may have experienced some breakdown or loss of their teeth and the bone that supports the teeth. Orthodontic treatment may then be only a part of the patient’s overall treatment plan. Close coordination may be required among the orthodontist, oral surgeon, periodontist, endodontist, and family dentist to assure that the treatment plan is managed well. A comprehensive dental treatment plan may include orthodontics to upright tipped teeth or move teeth into ideal positions in preparation for an implant or other restorations.

  • My teeth have been crooked for many years – why should I have orthodontic treatment now?

    It’s never too late! Orthodontic treatment, when indicated, is a positive step- especially for adults who have endured a long-standing problem. Orthodontic treatment can restore good function. And teeth that work better usually look better, too. A healthy, beautiful smile can improve self-esteem, no matter the age.

  • Is orthodontic treatment affordable?

    Patients are finding that braces are more affordable today than ever. The cost of orthodontic treatment will depend on many factors, including the severity of the problem, its complexity, and the length of treatment. We will be glad to discuss the copst with you before treatment begins. We have a variety of convenient payment plans. In addition, many dental insurance plans now include orthodontic benefits. Dollar for dollar, when you consider the lifetime benefits of orthodontics it is truly a great value.

  • I have crowded teeth and was told I need something called interproximal reduction (IPR) to make my teeth smaller. Is it safe?

    This procedure goes by many names: enamel stripping, slenderizing, or reproximation. The goal is to remove some of the outer tooth surface (enamel) to acquire more space for your teeth. The procedure has been used in orthodontic treatment since the 1940’s and has been shown to be safe and effective. Some studies among patients who have had this procedure show that it neither makes the teeth more susceptible to tooth decay nor does it predispose patients to gum disease. For detailed information, please click here.