Are you considering getting braces as an adult? If so, we want to congratulate you on taking the first step on your journey toward a healthier, more attractive smile. Orthodontic treatment is an investment in your oral health and has far-reaching benefits that will last a lifetime. To see how adult braces can improve your smile, we encourage you to schedule an appointment with one of our orthodontists in Fort Wayne, IN, and surrounding areas.
In the meantime, here’s what you can expect when getting adult braces.
As an adult, you may feel more motivated to improve the health, function, and appearance of your smile. This motivation can help you stay on track during orthodontic treatment so that you continue to practice good oral hygiene. Brushing and flossing your teeth is vital to the health of your smile, especially if you have dental braces.
Adults tend to take better care of their teeth during orthodontic treatment because it’s easier for them to envision the future. Younger children, however, may have more difficulty connecting their current actions with future potential outcomes. For this reason, younger patients may be more likely to neglect their oral hygiene if they’re not supervised by their parents or guardians.
No matter your age, our doctors and their team always provide personalized orthodontic care. There’s no such thing as a “one-size-fits-all” treatment plan. Instead, our team provides orthodontic care that’s tailored to your unique needs so you can achieve the smile of your dreams.
Adults are more likely to experience gum disease, tooth loss, and other conditions that affect their oral health. Depending on your circumstances, our orthodontists may need to give special consideration towards certain teeth. That way, they’ll be able to improve the overall health of your smile through orthodontics.
Related: Is it Worth Getting Adult Braces? →
Don’t assume that traditional metal braces are the only option for you. Depending on the details of your case, our orthodontists may recommend Invisalign® aligners. As the name suggests, this treatment uses clear aligners that exert constant but gentle pressure on your teeth to move them into place over a period of several months.
These clear aligners are made out of a comfortable plastic that fits snugly around your teeth. As such, most people won’t even realize that you’re wearing Invisalign clear aligners unless they’re standing close.
Adults are more appropriate candidates for Invisalign treatment because they have the self-discipline to wear their aligners 20 to 22 hours per day. Children, on the other hand, may be more tempted to remove their aligners when their parents aren’t looking.
Clear ceramic braces are another option for adult patients who want to avoid having metal on their teeth. The brackets for ceramic braces are stain resistant. However, you’ll need to brush after every meal and snack to avoid staining the elastic ties that hold them in place.
Our orthodontists in Fort Wayne, IN, and surrounding areas would be more than happy to welcome you to our practices. To schedule an appointment and learn if you’re a candidate for adult braces, please call Parrish Orthodontics at (260) 447-2568. You may also fill out our online contact form and someone from our team will reach out to you soon.