Orthodontic treatment can be successful at any age, and adults especially appreciate the benefits of a beautiful smile. Modern advances in technology and treatment methods have more men and women interested in orthodontics than ever before. In fact, one of every five patients in orthodontic treatment is over 21. If you have always wanted straighter teeth, there has never been a better time to begin your journey toward healthier teeth, a better bite, and a more stunning smile!
Orthodontic treatment is similar in adults and adolescents, but there are some differences. Adults may have experienced some breakdown or loss of their teeth and the bone that supports the teeth and may require periodontal treatment before, during, and/or after orthodontic treatment. Loss of teeth or the supporting bone may limit the amount and direction of tooth movement. Also, more frequent cleanings at your general dentistís office may be required to maintain healthy teeth and gums. Dr. Mellion will discuss with you the best procedures and cleaning schedules and also will work closely with your general dentist to provide the best possible care.
For adults, the appearance of braces may be a concern. Ask our office about esthetic alternatives to conventional metal braces.