A consultation is the best way to determine if you can benefit from orthodontic treatment. The condition of your teeth gums and supporting bone is the most important factor in determining the potential for improving your smile and dental health. Remember, the biological process involved in tooth movement is the same in both adults and children.
After an initial examination, we will be able to tell you what your treatment will involve and its approximate cost. If you decide to proceed, we will usually make diagnostic records of your mouth. Theses may include molds of your teeth and special x-rays and photographs.
Every person’s malocclusion is different. After carefully analyzing the nature of your needed correction, we will recommend the best course of treatment for improving your smile.
You’ll be pleased to learn that braces will work with your current lifestyle. You can do almost anything with braces – sing, play a musical instrument, dine out, kiss, and even have your picture taken. Today’s technology makes people wearing braces feel better about how they look. Metal brackets are much smaller than they used to be. Even less noticeable are braces made of ceramic or plastic. And lingual braces (ones that go behind your teeth) may be appropriate in some cases. We will tell you which of these options are best for you.
No matter what type of braces you wear, you’ll have to make some adjustments to treatment. But if you’re like the vast majority of adult patients, you’ll adjust quickly. Chewing ice and certain treats, such as caramel and peanut brittle, will be off limits. Also, your mouth and teeth may b a little tender after adjustments. And, of course, it will be especially important that you visit your family dentist for regular check-ups.
The good news is that the new techniques and materials that the orthodontist uses today have made wearing braces more comfortable for adults and teens.