For Adults

Orthodontic Treatment for Adults

Orthodontic treatment is no longer just for teens. In fact, the American Association of Orthodontists states that one in five orthodontic patients is over the age of 21. Many adults are choosing to receive treatment because they understand the importance of maintaining their health, and they want to feel better about their appearance. Adults everywhere are taking advantage of the opportunity to receive orthodontic care, and now you can too.

Common reasons why adults are considering orthodontic treatment:

  • A bad bite (malocclusion) causing teeth to fit together incorrectly
  • Teeth are crowded or spaced apart, possibly leading to tooth decay or gum disease
  • Abnormal jaw pain or pressure that is caused by crooked teeth
  • Desire for a healthier mouth and a more confident smile

Treatment Options for Adults

For many adults, the thought of having metal braces is enough to discourage them from receiving treatment. However, today’s orthodontic treatment options offer a variety of braces and appliances that are comfortable, aesthetic, and customized to meet your needs. Types of braces include:

  • Ceramic bracket
  • Invisalign®

The difference between adult orthodontics and orthodontics for children and teens:

The main difference between treating adults and children or teens is that the jawbones of younger patients are still developing. For adults, these bones have stopped growing; thus, orthognathic surgery may be necessary to align the jawbones. Other differences include:

  • Gum or bone loss (periodontal disease) — Adults are more likely than children to experience gum recession or even bone loss due to gingivitis or advanced periodontal disease. Patients with straighter teeth are less likely to get gum disease.
  • Worn or missing teeth — Over time, teeth can become worn down and shift into different positions that can only be corrected with orthodontic care. Missing teeth can cause other teeth to shift and tilt, creating a bad bite and increasing the possibility of gum disease.

Our practice also recognizes that adults and children have different needs. We will work with you to ensure that you receive the most appropriate treatments and that your needs are met with understanding and respect from us.

Why should you consider orthodontic treatment?

  • Straight teeth are healthy teeth — Teeth that are properly aligned are easier to keep clean with flossing and brushing, and may help prevent other health problems.
  • A beautiful, straight smile builds confidence — Orthodontic treatment can help boost your self-confidence, giving you a better quality of life and the freedom to smile without holding back!
  • Mouths left untreated can get worse — Not receiving orthodontic treatment when it’s needed can create long-term health issues costing you more in the end.

To learn more about the benefits of adult orthodontics, please contact our practice to schedule an appointment. We understand that you have a busy schedule, and we will work with you to make sure each office visit is as convenient as possible.

Testimonial

When I suddenly had an orthodontic problem after 20+ years since my last need for one, I immediately began asking around for recommendations. Coworkers sent me no farther than Dr. Doshi and Greater Madison Orthodontics. I received a next-day appointment for an evaluation of my problem and an appointment the next week for the fix. The entire staff welcomed me and my kiddos (I didn't have child care that day but no problem! The staff at Greater Madison Orthodontics were so accommodating!) and I was in the chair immediately. Dr. Doshi assessed the issue, laid out a complete and thorough treatment plan and discussed other issues she noted that we could choose to address if desired. Dr Doshi communicates clearly, actively seeks your input into the treatment plan and could not be any nicer. The team she surrounds herself with reflects the same values, making Greater Madison Orthodontics the easy choice
should you find yourself needing an orthodontist like I did.

-Amber R. June 2, 2019

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