Adult Orthodontics

orthodontics for adultOrthodontic treatment can be successful at any age. It may surprise you to know that approximately 33% of Braces by Bales’ patients are over the age of 18. In fact, many adult patients report that once they have braces, they are astounded at the number of adults with braces that they see in their daily lives.

orthodontics for adultThe biological process involved in tooth movement is the same in adults and children. The health of an individual’s teeth, gums and supporting bone is what is most important in determining the prospects for improving an adult’s smile and dental health. Advances in orthodontic knowledge and materials allow us to correct mild to severe problems in a way, which has not been possible before.

How often have you looked at yourself in the mirror, wishing you had perfectly straight teeth? Few of us have naturally perfect teeth, but with the help of orthodontic treatment, whether through the revolutionary low friction Damon braces, near invisible Invisalign aligners or lingual braces, where the braces fit behind the teeth allowing completely invisible treatment, you can have a beautiful smile you can be proud of. It is never too late to improve your greatest asset – your smile!

Why do adults seek orthodontic treatment?

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Most adults who seek orthodontic treatment do so because they feel their smile is the most important feature of their facial appearance, and they wish to improve their smile to feel happier about their looks and enhance their self-esteem. Some have problems with their teeth and gums, or they are just unhappy with their smile and the irregularity of their teeth. Other adults do so to improve their bite, chewing, or to make it easier to maintain good oral hygiene.

Some adults have orthodontic treatment as part of an overall comprehensive dental treatment plan in conjunction with other specialist treatment to improve dental function and aesthetics. These patients may be having gum therapy, dental implants crowns, veneers, or bridges. Orthodontic treatment will help achieve a more superior outcome.

Some of our adult patients did have braces elsewhere when they were young, but their teeth became irregular again because of circumstances surrounding their treatment, or more usually through lack of retainer wear. For many of these patients, the irregularity of their teeth is relatively mild, and a comparatively short course of treatment can often return their teeth to perfect alignment, giving them a much more confident smile.

How is adult orthodontics different to teenage orthodontics?

Tooth movement can sometimes be slower in adults, so treatment in some cases can take a little longer. This is especially true if there are spaces to close. The teeth and their surrounding tissues also take longer to adapt to the new tooth positions. Some adults also take a little longer to get used to the initial discomfort associated with braces. Having said that, adults tend to be more motivated than teenagers when it comes to orthodontic treatment, and through their better compliance with professional advice, they often experience fewer problems during the course of treatment.

But don’t braces look awful?

braces for adult - Brandon orthodonticsNo, they don’t have to. First of all, conventional braces have become much smaller and less noticeable than they used to. You also tend to see more adults these days wearing braces, and it has now become quite acceptable and usual to see adults showing off their braces. Most people also respect those who are taking the time and trouble of having orthodontic treatment to improve their appearance and dental function.

At Braces by Bales we have a range of options to help you feel more confident about wearing an orthodontic appliance. Your options include Damon System braces, Lingual braces (Invisible braces), Invisalign. Our aim is to help you achieve a great smile that you can always be proud of, but do so in the most pleasant way possible.

Are there any age limits to adult orthodontics?

In general, as long as your gums and jaw bone are healthy, there are no age limits to having braces. Dr. Bales will be able to advise you about this.

Does having braces hurt?

Good news! The new techniques and appliances we use greatly reduce discomfort levels by applying lighter, gentler forces.

How do I get started?

orthodontics for adultThe first step is a consultation appointment. During the initial consultation, Dr. Bales will be able to determine the best possible treatment for your individual needs. During this consultation he will outline the treatment plan, time of treatment expected and the approximate cost. To book your consultation, call Deidre or Kerri at (204) 72SMILE.

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