What You Should Know About Adult Orthodontics

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If you are an adult and are dissatisfied with your teeth, you are not alone. Millions of people around the world have crowding, crooked teeth, overlapping teeth, and more that make them unhappy with their smiles. However, you do not necessarily have to stay that way. Orthodontics and adult braces are options. Before you make any decisions about your smile, learn some of the facts you should know about adult orthodontics. Then, you can be ready for that initial appointment with your new orthodontist.

You Are Never Too Old for Braces

One of the things hanging you up about getting orthodontics as an adult is the thought that you are simply too old for that. This is not the case, though. You are never too old for adult braces or other orthodontic treatments. 

The truth of the matter is that there is an ideal time for braces and orthodontic work, which is childhood. This is because the bones in the mouth of an adult are done growing, unlike those in children.

What this means is that some major changes to the cosmetics of the teeth may require surgery when they would not in children. An example of this is that when teeth are overcrowded, a child may just need braces but an adult may need to have teeth removed to make room to straighten the rest of the teeth with braces.

Many Adults Get Orthodontics

It can be easy to feel as though you are alone in your quest for straighter teeth as an adult. You may even feel that you are so alone that you need to resign yourself to staying the way you are which means continued dissatisfaction. 

But this is not true. Many adults get braces and other orthodontics. There is a whole industry dedicated to helping adults get better smiles and straighter, more aligned teeth. Do not feel alone or isolated in this journey. 

It Is Best to Work Directly with a Licensed Orthodontist

If you have a TV, you have likely seen ads for those at-home, mailorder clear braces that are supposed to magically perfect your smile. These are an option that many people flock to for the convenience factor. 

The problem with these options is that you will not be working directly with a professional orthodontist. These mailorder companies may make you promises they can't keep. The leading example here is the people who would need dental surgery to help them in correcting certain issues. 

Additionally, you will not have regular check-ups with those mailorder options to check the progress of your orthodontics. Oftentimes, adjustments need to be made to the treatment plan depending on how your teeth respond to treatment. These mailorder programs do not allow for these important changes and adjustments. 

You are also safer working with an orthodontist, as they are highly trained in caring for teeth and in performing these treatments. You will get the best care for your teeth possible by working in-person with a professional. 

Now that you know more about adult orthodontics, you can schedule your first orthodontist appointment and get the process started as soon as possible. Companies like Reed & Sahlaney Orthodontics, LLP can help.


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