Orthodontic treatment for adults is about a change for the better, no matter what your age. t can give you the confidence and pride that come with straight teeth and a great smile. But we have another equally important treatment goal - to improve the health of your teeth and gums.
The fact is, when left untreated, many orthodontic problems may become worse (especially as adults). When you have a malocclusion (another way of saying "bad bite"), your teeth may be crowded, spaced, or may not fit together correctly. Crowded teeth are hard to clean and maintain. Given time, crowding may contribute to tooth decay, gum disease and even tooth loss.
Bad bites also can result in abnormal wearing of tooth surfaces, difficulty in chewing and damage to supporting bone and gum tissue. Poor tooth alignment can contribute to pain in your jaw joints.
A consultation is the best way to determine if you can benefit from orthodontic treatment.
For adults, the condition of your teeth, gums and supporting bone is the most important factor in determining the potential for improving your smile and dental health.
Remember, the biological process involved in tooth movement is the same in both adults and children.
After an initial examination, we will be able to tell you what your treatment will involve and its approximate cost. If you decide to proceed, we will usually make diagnostic records of your mouth. These may include molds of your teeth and special x-rays and photographs.
Every person's malocclusion is different. After carefully analyzing the nature of your needed correction, we will recommend the best course of treatment for improving your smile.
The cost of orthodontic treatment will depend 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. We have a variety of convenient payment plans. In addition, many dental insurance plans now include orthodontic benefits.
Dollar for dollar, when you consider the lifetime benefits of braces, they are truly a great value.