Woman with braces smilingIs Orthodontics Treatment an Option for Adults?

Orthodontic treatment is always a viable option — even if you consider yourself to be past the window of the most common timeframe for treatment. There’s no time like the present to get the smile you always wish you had.

Orthodontics treats much more than just the look of your smile. Addressing the alignment of your bite can affect everything from jaw pain, headaches, tooth pain, and even tooth decay that can occur due to damaged teeth. The health of your smile goes beyond its aesthetics. Orthodontic treatment will make sure that you have the healthiest and most beautiful smile possible with the proper position of your teeth.

What Can Adult Patients Expect?

If this is your first time pursuing braces, not to worry. You’re in good hands at Salaita Orthodontics, as we have plenty of experience offering superior orthodontic treatment to patients of all ages.

First, during your initial consultation, we will determine if you are a good candidate for orthodontic treatment. If so, we will then work to identify which type of treatment will work best for you. Some options include:

Traditional metal braces: Metal braces are made of high-quality, durable stainless steel. They are the most common type of braces. The brackets, which are bonded to the front of each tooth, are connected by the archwire, which helps guide the teeth into the correct positions. Today’s metal braces are smaller, more comfortable, and more attractive.

Ceramic bracket braces: Ceramic braces move teeth just as efficiently as metal braces, except the brackets are clear, so they are less noticeable. They are most popular with adult patients due to their cosmetic appeal. The only drawbacks to ceramic brackets are that they are more fragile, and the elastic ties can discolor between orthodontic visits.

Invisalign® clear aligners: Clear aligners are made of durable plastic or acrylic material. They effectively straighten teeth without brackets and wires. Clear aligners are customized, comfortable and removable. Ask us if clear aligners are the perfect treatment option for you.

What is the Process of Adult Orthodontics Treatment Like?

Though every patient — and smile — is different, you can expect to undergo treatment for anywhere from six months to two years, on average. At the beginning of your treatment, when we scan your mouth and determine the best course of action, we will make sure to go over what you can expect during the journey of your orthodontic treatment. We will likely see you every month through the duration of your treatment so we can address any concerns you might have and ensure all is going according to plan.

Once you are complete with active orthodontics, Dr. Salaita will review retention options to ensure the best stability for your new smile.

Now’s the time to get the smile you’ve always wanted. Get started on your orthodontic journey today by giving us a call at our Westerville office. We can be reached at (614) 888-4577 — we’re here for you!

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