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Adult Orthodontics – Dayville, CT

Orthodontics Aren’t Just for Your Kid Anymore!

Thanks to advancements in the field of orthodontics, they are not only more effective at realigning crooked teeth. Now there are many treatment options that keep appearance in mind. This means you won’t have to sacrifice your smile just because you want to make your smile straighter and your bite more even. Furthermore, you can avoid dental problems as you age. Whether you’re a parent whose child has their own braces or you’re just getting out of college, it’s never too late to consider treatments at Simply Orthodontics!

How Adult Treatment Compares to Child Treatment

The reality is adult teeth are not growing like a child’s or teenager’s teeth are. However, the process of shifting teeth via orthodontics is relatively the same. As an adult, treatment may take longer since adult teeth have already matured, resulting in oral structures that are more dense. Furthermore, outside factors like medications, oral hygiene, tobacco use and teeth grinding/clenching can all negatively affect treatment. If you have advanced gum disease or any underlying endodontic issues, you may need a specialist to take a closer look at your oral health before beginning care. Lastly, if you have any restorations, you may still be able to pursue treatment, whether it’s for Invisalign or metal braces.

Which Treatments Are Available for Adults?

All orthodontic treatments can be provided to adults except for pediatric orthodontics, which are largely intended for rapidly developing teeth. Out of all treatments adults can complete, traditional braces are one of the most common because of how effective they are at moving problematic teeth. With that said, Invisalign is also very common thanks to the freedom it provides (in terms of diet and at-home oral care.) Self-ligating braces make treatment more comfortable, while clear/ceramic braces offer improved esthetics. All of these options will be broken down in more detail during your visit, so you can understand the positives of each before deciding on your treatment.

What Comes After Treatment Begins?

After you begin your treatment, whether it’s with fixed or removable orthodontics, we’ll explain the most important steps for at-home maintenance to ensure no hiccups or dental emergencies occur. You should be visiting our office on a routine basis, which may be every one to two months, but this can depend on the appliance or treatment you choose. Additionally, it’s very important to continue visiting your general dentist for exams and cleanings as well as maintain a diet that does not damage your orthodontic appliance. Take another look at your current oral care routine in order to make adjustments as needed.

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