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Straightening your teeth as an adult

More and more adults are getting braces and it has become a social norm. It is never too late to achieve the smile you have always dreamed of!

Many of our adult patients did not have the opportunity to straighten their teeth as a child. Others were lucky enough to have braces but stopped wearing their retainers only to have their teeth slowly get crooked again. Whatever the reason is, there are so many benefits of straightening your teeth as an adult that it is well worth the investment. They include healthier and easier to clean teeth, improved self-confidence, a more youthful appearance, and a well functioning bite.

So how have orthodontic treatments changed since you were a kid?

Braces have changed!

Advances in technology touch every part of our lives, and orthodontic treatment is no exception. Long gone are the days where every tooth was literally wrapped 360 degrees in steel. The development of strong dental adhesives have allowed braces to be smaller and glued just on the front surface of the teeth, thus resulting in more comfort to patients and reducing the need for spacers. Technologies have also allowed braces to be placed on more accurately, resulting in shorter treatment times. Wires are made with newer metal alloys developed by NASA, and have contributed to advancements that allow for more comfortable tooth movement. Invisalign is a clear choice!

There are more options available today like clear aligners and Invisalign. Just a few years ago, many patients were not candidates for these technologies but the profession has significantly advanced.

Using a series of clear aligners, you can straighten your teeth gently and with less pain than braces. Invisalign is a popular choice among adults who would like to straighten their teeth or correct relapse. Orthodontic relapse is the shifting that sometimes occurs when a patient stops wearing their retainers. Unlike traditional metal braces, with Invisalign you don’t have to change your diet, struggle to keep up your oral hygiene or feel self-conscious that everyone will notice your tin grin!

How much does Invisalign® cost? It’s more affordable than you think! In most cases, Invisalign® treatment is comparable to the cost of traditional braces. The cost depends on the complexity of the case and the length of time in treatment. The best way to know is to schedule a free initial consultation with our office.

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