"I want straight teeth but don’t want to look like a teenager with braces!"
I’ve heard this one before. There has been a huge trend in orthodontics over the past 10 years as the number of adult patients seeking orthodontic services has tripled. More and more, I have patients that were not able to receive orthodontic treatment as children or whose teeth have shifted over the years – they want a beautiful smile but want to maintain a professional appearance in the process!
Adult orthodontics is different from the traditional teen orthodontics since many more factors have to be considered for the overall long-term health of the teeth and jaw joints. At the Virginia Center for Orthodontics, we have an entire suite dedicated to our adult patients to make them feel as comfortable as possible.
With new advances in braces and Invisalign, there is a focus on cosmetic treatment options. Braces have gotten increasingly smaller in size, less noticeable, and more comfortable for patients. Ceramic/clear braces blend in with the tooth color and are highly cosmetic. Another option is hidden, or lingual, braces. These braces are customized and molded for every individual tooth and go on the inside of the teeth by the tongue. Patients can get that perfect smile without anyone seeing that they have anything on the outside of their teeth!
Invisalign® is another esthetic option that many of my adult patients like. Invisalign® has made significant improvements over the years and more patients are now candidates for Invisalign®. This involves a series of clear trays that are changed weekly, straightening teeth gently. It is easy to maintain oral hygiene since the trays can be removed, especially if there are any concerns about gum health.
Adult patients seeking orthodontics should feel confident that there are good options to fit their lifestyle. The Virginia Center for Orthodontics offers complimentary consultations – see your friendly neighborhood orthodontist today!