Orthodontics for Adults
While many adults think orthodontics is just for teens, adults can actually benefit from many forms of orthodontics. As people age, teeth shift or sometimes injury can throw them out of place. Shifting teeth obviously means your smile isn’t as straight as you might like. It also means that your bite might be a little off and could eventually develop into a jaw or grinding or gum recession issue.
So, even if you had braces as a teen, if you haven’t been wearing your retainer for the last 10 years (and if you have been wearing yours, we’re betting you could benefit from a fresh one), your teeth have shifted and are no longer completely straight.
Not only do straight teeth offer a boost in self-confidence, but they offer a wide range of health benefits. Straight teeth are easier to clean. This is actually a big deal since this means you are less likely to get food stuck in your teeth, less likely to embarrass your children, less likely to have plaque build up, less likely to have tartar and other problems that contribute to gum disease, less likely to be caught picking your teeth after a business lunch therefore losing out on a promotion, less likely to be mistaken for Austin Powers, less likely to… you get the idea.
In terms of treatment options, no one is too old for braces. Traditional, clear ceramic braces, and Invisalign are all up for consideration. For adults, Invisalign is a particularly popular option since they are virtually invisible and cannot be seen by most people. This allows you to complete your orthodontic treatment without anyone knowing you're doing it. Plus, Dr. Sudit can usually treat Invisalign cases with fewer in-office appointments than traditional braces. That means you can take less time away from the office/home to complete your orthodontics.
Most treatment times take anywhere from 3 months to 2 years depending on the case.