About 20% of people in braces are adults. Some had braces as adolescents or teens and their teeth have moved (often due to not wearing a retainer). Others have never had braces and are unhappy with crooked or crowded teeth. Another segment of this percentage go into orthodontic treatment because of a misaligned bite, which can lead to TMJ (jaw joint) disorder.
While some adults may feel awkward wearing braces, it’s generally seen as a sign of a health-conscious individual. Having an attractive smile and a healthy bite alignment reflects positively on adults at any age. Additionally, straightening natural teeth is a more health-conscious method to achieve an appealing smile. It is also less expensive, typically, than smile enhancement through porcelain veneers and crowns.
For those who want properly-aligned teeth but don’t want the look or feel of brackets or wires, Dr. Barbat and Dr. Wesley are both Certified in Invisalign. These clear molds are removable for eating and brushing and generally undetectable in a smile. An added benefit of Invisalign is their ability to move teeth at a faster pace than traditional braces, in most cases.
As an adult who may be contemplating orthodontic treatment, please ask for a complimentary consultation and exam. Call toll free 1-866-9-Smiles to schedule. Here, we can answer your questions and make recommendations that fit your needs and goals.