Straight, properly aligned teeth not only look good, but they function correctly. For those who have misaligned teeth, the use of adult orthodontics can create a significant improvement. While many people think of braces as a solution for just teens, today’s technology is making it possible for adults to see a smile improvement, too. At Lovett Dental Upper Kirby, we offer comprehensive adult orthodontic services that may help improve your smile. Please reach out to Lovett Dental Upper Kirby at 832.780.4979 to learn more about our services.
What Are Adult Orthodontics?
Orthodontics are specially designed and fitted oral appliances that work to shift the teeth into the proper position over a slow and gradual process. New advances in technology have reduced pain and discomfort in these products. People are never too old to consider orthodontics. However, how much they will work depends on the layout of your teeth and numerous other factors. Age is not a deciding factor when it comes to the use of these devices.
What Are the Benefits of Using Adult Orthodontic Services?
It is an investment in your teeth and your dental health to use this type of service. Many people see significant changes and improvements based on their goals. Your dentist will provide insight into what level of improvement you’ll see during this process. Some of the potential benefits include:
- Improving the way your smile looks.
- Reducing overcrowding that creates areas where bacteria can develop, leading to potential early tooth decay.
- Improving overall bite and chewing ability. Reducing strain on the jaw.
There are other benefits as well. It may help with reducing the risk of gum disease development due to improper alignment. Another potential benefit is that orthodontics can help create a stronger, healthier smile that may require less dental care over time.
When Should You Consider Teeth Straightening?
There is never a wrong time to speak to your orthodontist about the use of tray aligners to improve your smile. If you are unhappy or struggling with dental problems, reach out for a consultation. In many cases, these products can be used to help with:
- Teeth crowding
- Open bite
- Spacing problems
- Misplaced midline
They can be very effective in helping with most types of teeth straightening needs. The amount and degree of improvement depend on many factors, including oral health as well as the level of severity of these concerns.
How Do Adult Orthodontic Services Work?
Coming in for a consultation with an orthodontist is the first step. During this appointment, the dentist will look at the teeth carefully and take x-rays, which allows the dentist to create a treatment plan. They may recommend a range of treatment options before you seek orthodontics, including:
Many people will benefit from clear tray aligners. These aligners fit into the mouth, covering the teeth. They are customized very precisely to the person’s mouth structure to apply enough pressure in the particular areas needed to move the teeth into the correct position.
The process takes time. During that time, most people need to come in for additional treatment, including new trays. That’s because, as the teeth move into the proper location, it becomes necessary to adust aligners so they can continue to work.
The timeline for improvement depends significantly on the type and amount of work to be done. Many people can expect to see results within a few weeks. Unlike traditional braces, which may be an option for some adults, tray aligners are easier to manage and do not cause significant pain.
Schedule an Appointment at Lovett Dental Upper Kirby
Those interested in the benefits of adult orthodontics should call our offices to schedule a consultation. Our team is happy to provide insight and offer recommendations for your specific needs. Call Lovett Dental Upper Kirby at 832.780.4979 or reach out to us online now to get started.