You might think braces are only for children and teenagers, but the truth is orthodontic treatment can be beneficial at any age. You can improve your smile’s alignment and aesthetic with braces for adults and avoid long-term dental health issues and oral pain.
If you’re nervous about getting braces as an adult, Dr. Shullman will guide you through whether you need orthodontic treatment and how to choose the right treatment option for you.
Why You May Need Adult Braces
There are plenty of reasons to seek orthodontic treatment as an adult. If you didn’t have braces as a teen, you might want to align your teeth now to reap the benefits of your oral health.
Some adults seek orthodontic treatment even if they had braces when they were younger. Teeth may shift naturally after orthodontic treatment or require realignment after an accident or intense impact to the mouth.
Adult braces can also treat several other issues, like:
- Jaw pain
- Chewing problems
Of course, you may just be looking to make the most of your smile to boost confidence and self-esteem. No matter your reason, Dr. Shullman can help you find the right orthodontic treatment for your needs.
Orthodontic Treatment Options
At Shullman Orthodontics, we offer the latest in orthodontic technology: 3D printed brackets from LightForce. These brackets are entirely customizable, which gives Dr. Shullman a level of flexibility and control that’s never been possible before with braces! The planning process for LightForce is entirely digital, so no uncomfortable molds or impressions to deal with. While it may sound technical and complicated, the entire treatment process is designed to be quick and comfortable for you as a patient. The 3D-printed brackets provide the strength and precision needed to efficiently move your teeth into the correct position, allowing for more accurate results in less time. Another benefit we’ve found that many of our patients appreciate is the discreet appearance of these brackets. They are designed to blend in with your natural teeth, so you can smile confidently both during and after treatment.
The Benefits Of Braces For Adults
Getting braces as an adult may initially seem juvenile, but it’s a great investment in your oral health and long-term self-esteem.
When you align your teeth with braces, you gain more than a straight smile. It’s easier to brush and floss with straight teeth, preventing plaque buildup, cavities, and gum disease. Correcting bite issues and crooked teeth also helps alleviate problems before they begin. Left untreated, bite and chewing problems can lead to pain, headaches, and even more severe problems. One last benefit of getting braces for adults is that you’ll be better at brushing your teeth and wearing your retainer than your average teenager, which speeds up the treatment time. With better oral care, you’ll preserve and reap the benefits of orthodontic treatment far into the future.
A straighter smile can boost your self-confidence, making it easier to share your smile with the world.
What Is The Timeline For Adult Braces?
There is no established timeframe for aligning your smile with braces for adults. Most people wear braces for one to two years, depending on their orthodontic issues and maintenance. At your free ortho consult with Dr. Shullman, he’ll assess your orthodontic needs to give you an estimate of how long you might need to wear braces.