Adult Orthodontics – Lawrence, MA
Improving Smiles of All Ages
Many adults think they’re too old for braces or else just don’t want to have to deal with some of the downsides of orthodontic care. In reality, not only are a quarter of all orthodontic patients adults, but advancements in the last few decades have made such treatments far more comfortable and much less noticeable than they were before. No matter how old you are, there’s a suitable orthodontic solution for you that will have you feeling more confident about your smile as well as more in control of your oral health. Start your treatment today by calling to schedule a consultation at Super Braces of Lawrence to discuss your options for adult orthodontics in Lawrence, MA.
How is Adult Treatment Different from Children and Teens?
The actual process of shifting teeth doesn’t change much no matter how old you are. However, as an adult your teeth will have stopped growing long ago, and your oral structures will be much denser in comparison. As a result, the treatment will take a bit longer than it normally would, especially if you’ve developed bad habits like grinding and clenching your teeth or smoking. Also, any other dental issues that you’ve had treated over the years – such as gum disease or tooth decay that had to be repaired with a crown – will need to be taken into account while we’re making your treatment plan.
What Orthodontic Treatments Are Available to Me?
Aside from pediatric orthodontics and other services designed specifically for young patients with still-developing mouths, adult patients can take advantage of all of our treatments. Traditional braces remain one of the most common options largely because they’re the most effective choice for dealing with severe oral health issues. That said, many older patients prefer Invisalign due to the freedom and aesthetic advantages it offers. Damon self-ligating braces and clear/ceramic braces provide you with further ways to improve your comfort and your satisfaction with your appearance during your treatment. Before you commit to any of our services, we’ll lay out all of your options for you and make sure that you fully understand the advantages and disadvantages of each one.
What Should I Expect After I Start My Treatment?
That depends on what kind of orthodontic appliance you receive. We’ll have to go over your instructions for maintaining it as well as how to avoid dental emergencies and other complications that could prolong your care. You’ll need to return to our orthodontic office every one to two months so that we can either adjust your appliance or simply make sure the treatment is on track. During this time, you need to keep visiting your general dentist for routine exams and cleanings, and you’ll have to maintain a diet that doesn’t put your braces or your oral appliance at unnecessary risk.