Adult OrthodonticsPhoenix, AZ
Even though most adults remember wearing braces as a child, many do not realize that adults may benefit from similar teeth-straightening treatment. Unless a patient continues to wear their retainer after wearing braces, the teeth will gradually shift back out of alignment. Adult orthodontics provides adults with several customizable teeth straightening options for a straighter and healthier smile.
Adult orthodontics is available at Nett Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics in Phoenix and the surrounding area. Unlike children, who typically can only wear braces, adults can straighten their teeth with clear aligners. These aligners provide a discreet and removable treatment option for patients.
To learn what teeth straightening options are available to you, give us a call at 623-759-7658 to schedule an appointment.
What is Adult Orthodontics?
Adult orthodontics is a form of dentistry that focuses on the alignment of the teeth and jaw. It is most widely known for its cosmetic benefits, while also helping adults achieve better oral health and improved function as well. The two most common types of adult orthodontic treatments are braces and Invisalign®. Each type has its advantages and potential drawbacks, although each option achieves the same intended purpose of a straighter set of teeth and a more attractive smile
The adult orthodontics process starts with an initial consultation with our orthodontist. This consultation involves an oral examination, dental X-rays, and discussion of treatment goals. The treatment process for braces and Invisalign are slightly different.
Benefits of Adult Orthodontics
Many are familiar with the cosmetic benefits of adult orthodontics. In general, many find correctly aligned teeth and jaw to be more attractive than crooked teeth, overcrowded teeth, and gaps between teeth. However, the cosmetic benefits are only part of the reason one should consider teeth straightening. Other benefits include but are not limited to, the following:
- A more attractive smile
- A professional appearance
- Increased confidence
- Easier to keep good oral health
Adults who prefer Invisalign enjoy the idea of having a customizable treatment option. Invisalign clear aligners involve a series of aligner trays the patient can remove to eat, take pictures, play sports, attend meetings, and more. However, patients need to remember to clean the aligners daily. Thus, some patients may prefer braces.
How to Determine which Treatment is Right for You
During a consultation, we can help patients determine which adult orthodontics option is right for the patient. We understand that adults can have a busy lifestyle between work, family, and social responsibilities. Thus, we can help recommend a treatment option that works with the patient's lifestyle.
While some patients may prefer Invisalign clear aligners, others may choose braces since they remain on the teeth and do not require removal when brushing the teeth. Along with offering traditional braces, we also offer patients clear and ceramic braces. These types of braces are tooth-colored and will blend in with surrounding teeth.
With clear or ceramic braces, there is a much lower chance of people noticing the brackets and wires on the teeth. Patients will have to learn an alternative form of oral hygiene to clean their teeth with the brackets. They will also have to adjust to various dietary restrictions.
Invisalign Clear Aligners
Invisalign clear aligners fit around the teeth, similar to a mouthguard. The difference is that aligners shift the teeth into the proper alignment gradually. The patient will receive a series of aligner trays that they alternate between every two weeks or so.
The aligners are removable, so the patient will not have any dietary restrictions so long as they properly clean their teeth. While patients need to wear the aligners for around 22 hours per day, they can remove them when eating, playing sports, brushing their teeth, during meetings, when taking pictures, and more. However, patients will need to continually clean the aligners and remember to place them back in the mouth each time they remove them.
When to Consider Adult Orthodontics
Anyone who is not happy with the appearance of their smile due to misalignment of the teeth or jaw should consider how orthodontics can help. Even if the patient received teeth-straightening treatment as a child, they might need it again as an adult. The teeth can shift back into a crooked alignment over time.
We encourage patients to consider treatment if they feel insecure with their smiles, or they experience difficulty when cleaning their teeth. Even if the issue does not cause any insecurities, it is sometimes best to address crooked or overcrowded teeth to appear more professional while at work. If the alignment issue does not cause any cosmetic concerns, the patient may still want to achieve a straighter smile.
No matter the reason, our orthodontist can help patients determine the option that will meet their needs.
Everyone deserves a beautiful smile they love to show off while around others, and it is our goal to help patients achieve the smile of their dreams. If interested in learning more about your adult orthodontic treatment options and how the process works, call us at (623) 759-7658 today.
Nett Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics is located at
2020 W. Whispering Wind Dr Suite 113
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