Did you know that almost a quarter of all orthodontic patients are over 21 years old? Even so, many adults still have misconceptions about braces and are not aware of how orthodontic technology has evolved. Or, if they are aware, they believe certain procedures are only acceptable for children and adolescents to wear. If you are an adult and you think you may need orthodontic treatment to straighten your teeth or improve bite issues, you should know that there are several orthodontic procedures, many of them very discreet, that you can choose from to correct your teeth.
Many orthodontic treatments are virtually unnoticeable, and they can be just as effective as traditional braces. Treatments such as Invisalign® (clear teeth aligners), lingual braces (brackets placed on the back, instead of the front, of the teeth), and clear braces can be wonderful options for adults who are concerned about the effects that orthodontic treatment may have on their appearance. Since an adult’s teeth and jawbone have already fully developed, orthodontic procedures may take longer for the best results; however, with the many advances that have been made in orthodontics, patients can experience less visible and more comfortable treatment than ever before.
For every adult orthodontic patient, Dr. Pat Cuozzo performs a complete oral examination so that he can recommend the best possible treatment options. If you have any current issues with your teeth or jaw, such as bone loss or periodontal disease, they will need to be corrected before you receive orthodontic treatment. Dr. Pat will answer all of your questions and discuss a treatment plan with you during your initial consultation.
There are many, many options for adults that can correct a lifetime of orthodontic problems. Plus, with treatment techniques available today, no one else even has to know you are undergoing treatment!
For more information on adult orthodontics, please contact Dr. Patrick Cuozzo today.