There's No Age Limit on a New Smile
Adults make up about one in every four orthodontic patients.
Looking Good: Orthodontic treatment can help correct crooked teeth or spaces that you’re self-conscious about. Straight teeth and a beautiful smile can give you the confidence and pride.
Teeth Can Shift: Believe it or not, tooth movement doesn’t stop in adolescence. Teeth that seemed straight and aligned in youth could have shifted later in life. This can lead to jaw pain, trouble brushing, or a smile you’re unhappy with.
Maintaining Dental Health: Leaving misaligned teeth untreated may lead to other dental problems such as tooth decay and gum disease, as well as abnormal wearing of tooth surfaces and difficulty in chewing. Orthodontic treatment can help you keep good dental health.
Real Adult Patients at Ollins Orthodontics
Orthodontic Treatment Is Important for Adults
- Can help prevent or improve periodontal problems
- Can help prevent or reduce further bone loss around teeth
- Improves the ability of the dentist to restore missing teeth
- Improves aesthetics for a better smile and facial appearance
- Improves the function of teeth
- Improves self-confidence and self-esteem
- Improves oral health
Common Questions About Adult Treatment
1. Is orthodontic treatment effective for adults?
Yes. Healthy teeth can be moved at any age. Many orthodontic problems can be corrected as easily for adults as for children. Orthodontic forces move teeth in the same way for both adults and children.
2. Do appliances have to show?
You can choose between many subtle treatment options. Today’s braces are smaller and sleeker, and some are next-to-invisible. The Drs. Ollins can recommend options for your particular needs. Invisalign and ceramic brackets give you flexibility and discretion.
3. Will orthodontic treatment fit my lifestyle?
You can do almost anything during orthodontic treatment – sing, play a musical instrument, dine out, kiss, and even have your picture taken. Some adjustments may be necessary, but, if you’re like the vast majority of adult patients, you’ll adjust quickly. New techniques and materials today have made wearing braces more comfortable, and less intrusive than ever.
4. Am I a good fit for orthodontic treatment?
During your first free exam, Dr. Ollins can determine if you will benefit from treatment. After analyzing the nature of your needed correction, Dr. Ollins will recommend the best course of treatment for improving your smile, including the different types of braces for your treatment.
5. I’m missing some teeth. Can orthodontic treatment improve my bite? Orthodontic treatment can create or hold space to replace missing teeth. We'll work with your dentist or dental specialist who will provide bridges or implants so that you can achieve the best result.
6. I’ve been treated for gum disease. Can my teeth be straightened? We'll consult with your dentist and/or periodontist about the health of your gums. If you are a candidate for orthodontic treatment, you will continue regular supervision with your dentist and periodontist. In many cases, tooth alignment can improve the health of the gums.
7. How much does treatment cost? The cost of orthodontic treatment depends on many factors, including the severity of the problem, its complexity, and length of treatment. We will be glad to discuss the cost with you before treatment begins. Patients are finding that braces are more affordable today than ever. At Ollins Orthodontics, we offer a variety of convenient payment plans and accept many dental insurance plans that include orthodontic benefits.
8. Why select an orthodontist? Orthodontists are dental specialists who diagnose, prevent and treat dental and facial irregularities. Both Drs. Ollins received an additional three full years of specialized education beyond dental school to learn the proper way to align and straighten teeth. Only those with this formal education may call themselves “orthodontists,” and only orthodontists may be members of the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO).