Adult Orthodontics

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If you want straighter teeth, but have a negative perception of adult braces, it's time to rethink that picture. These days, people of all ages are coming to Forest Orthodontics & Pediatric Dentistry for straight teeth. In fact, a huge number of adults are choosing orthodontics to get the beautiful smile they've always wanted.

Choosing to straighten your teeth is a big decision that affects not only your appearance, but your lifestyle as well. As an adult, you may be looking to improve your smile for business and social reasons, or even for a special occasion like your wedding day. Or perhaps you're a teen or the parent of a teen looking for an effective yet modern-day solution. Braces or Invisalign can straighten teeth, line up your jaws to give you a better bite, space out crowded teeth, and close gaps in your smile. Take a moment to learn more about the wide array of options available to you.

Here are few things to find out at your first visit with Dr. Bock.

Treatment Options

Invisalign: You can skip the wires and brackets with these see-through plastic trays that fit over your teeth. You can take them out to eat, brush, and floss. The downside: They're not stuck to your teeth, and they're easy to lose. Learn More About Invisalign

Damon Braces: Damon Braces come in both metal and Clear versions. These use gentle pressure to move your teeth into place over time. Dr. Bock will glue brackets to the front of your teeth and connect them with a wire. He'll adjust the wire every 6 to 10 weeks. This slowly moves your teeth or jaw or both into place. It depends on your treatment, but the average adult has braces for 8 to 22 months.

Lingual Braces: Ask Dr. Bock about getting braces on the back of your teeth instead of the front to hide the brackets. Treatment with lingual braces typically takes the same amount of time as Damon Braces.

After Treatment

Cleaning your teeth may get easier once your teeth are straighter, but regular brushing and flossing is still important. If you don't do a good job cleaning your teeth now, braces won't fix that. So brush up -- whether you have them or not. The more you work at it, the easier it becomes to get them clean.

When to Straighten and When to Wait

Poor gum health can put the brakes on braces. If you have active gum disease, now isn't the time to tackle orthodontics. It doesn't mean you can never have braces, but you need to treat the gum disease first.

As far as age goes, however, it's never too late to create a perfect smile. As long as your bones and gums are healthy enough to withstand the forces, you should be OK to get adult orthodontics.

Age-Related Considerations

Adult patients can have conditions younger patients don't often suffer from, mild gingivitis infections and marginal bone loss. The bones are also harder and no longer growing, and the aging of tissue often causes causing them to take longer to adjust to your teeth's new positions. These are some known biomechanical limitations, which can make tooth realignment a more involved process in adults than in younger patients. Rest assured 35% of Dr. Bock’s patients are adults, there are numerous solutions to these issues.

Accelerated Orthodontics

The main advantage of accelerated orthodontics is speed. With traditional orthodontics, patients may need to wear braces for two to four years, but accelerated orthodontics shortens that time to under a year. Most accelerated orthodontics patients wear braces for just three to eight months. The new PROPEL VPro5 is a single device used throughout the course of orthodontic treatment, from start to finish to retention. Requiring only 5 minutes per day of wear, the VPro5 delivers five major clinical benefits, that help give patients the beautiful smile of their dreams.