There’s nothing cuter than a gap-toothed grin on a little kid, but that sentiment doesn’t seem to stick into adulthood. Whether your teeth affect your confidence or your ability to maintain good oral health by making brushing and flossing difficult, you don’t have to put up with it anymore. Dental technology is continuously improving, and Smile Studio Family Dentistry Orthodontics will always offer the most comfortable and effective treatments.
When you think of braces, the first thing that springs to mind is probably a metal-clad teen face, and that’s not the look you want to sport as an adult. While it is most common to utilize orthodontic treatments such as braces in adolescence, adults make up about one in every five orthodontic patients today. Talk about a positive trend!
You’re never too old to benefit from orthodontic treatment. Thanks to cutting-edge technology, gone are the days of painful headgear, clunky bands on every tooth, and overly tight stainless steel wires. Today’s orthodontic treatment is much more comfortable than it used to be. Smile Studio Family Dentistry Orthodontics offers the latest orthodontic options to make your new smile fast and affordable for patients no longer in their elementary or teen years looking for orthodontic treatment from cosmetic corrections to functionality.
You are unique and deserve orthodontic care that reflects your individual needs. Our doctors and their experienced team believe that an informed patient will have more successful results, so your role in treatment is just as important as ours. Together, we will build your self-confidence and create positive life changes. Let’s look at some reasons to get braces as an adult.
Improved overall health
Braces are instrumental in correcting misaligned teeth and other dental issues that lead to further common health problems like headaches, jaw pain, digestion issues, and even sleep apnea.
Improper alignment of your teeth and jaw throughout an adult’s life can cause damage to the areas where the teeth meet during chewing and even make the process of chewing itself difficult. When your jaws or teeth do not meet adequately during chewing, you risk overexertion of the jaw muscles and complications like TMD or temporomandibular joint disorder. Not being able to chew correctly can result in food not being digested timely or adequately and lead to reflux, indigestion, and diminished nutrient absorption.
Braces also require extra cleaning and care, which means your mouth will get better overall attention and maintenance. Having straight teeth can make this cleaning much less tricky as there will be less space for plaque and bacteria to build up, decreasing your chances of cavities, tooth decay, and even gum disease, and more room to floss with better access to your gum line.
Aesthetics and the confidence of a perfect smile
Your self-esteem depends significantly on your teeth, and a crooked smile or misaligned bite can leave you feeling less confident when all eyes are on you. You may notice you shy away from personal conversations or avoid having your photo taken only to give a less-than-thrilled, lips-only grin when you can’t escape. For some patients, the positioning of your teeth may even affect your speech by causing your tongue or lips not to attain the position necessary to make certain sounds.
Here at Smile Studio Family Dentistry Orthodontics, we believe that the essence of good oral health is creating confidence and pride for our patients in Zachary and the surrounding areas. Orthodontic treatment is more than just straightening teeth. When you trust your smile to our orthodontic expertise and high-tech offices, you’ll get increased confidence and an improved self-image – not to mention a beautiful smile!
Variety of treatment options
Dental technology is always getting better. To make your new smile fast and affordable, you can get the latest orthodontic treatment from Smile Studio Family Dentistry Orthodontics. Depending on the severity of your adjustments, your options may include traditional metal braces, clear braces, or Invisalign clear aligners. Sometimes, a combination of treatment options can improve the efficacy and time necessary for adjustments.
Traditional metal braces are the most time and cost-effective orthodontic treatment. Modern braces have come a long way in recent years and now consist of high-grade stainless steel brackets connected by metal wires that are gradually tightened to adjust your teeth over time. The brackets are secured to your teeth with special glue, and the elastic bands that help secure the archwires come in dozens of colors for personalization and fun.
Clear braces use the same parts as traditional braces, but instead of metal, the brackets on the front side of the teeth are made of see-through ceramic material. These can be an excellent option for adult patients looking for the strength of traditional braces but are concerned about the aesthetic appearance of the process.
Unlike braces, this innovative system straightens teeth without brackets, bands, or wires. The Invisalign system is made of clear acrylic aligners that fit over your teeth. They are removable, making it easier to eat, drink, brush, and floss, but to be effective do need to be worn for about 22 hours a day during your treatment process. The trays are replaced every one to two weeks to keep consistent pressure in adjusting the teeth and jaws the way you need to get your goal smile!
Cost-Efficient- Now and Later
It’s no secret that oral health is strongly connected to overall health, and there’s never been a better time to consider orthodontic treatment. When combined with proper dental hygiene, braces can decrease your chances of cavities, gum disease, costly procedures like tooth extractions or specialists that treat symptoms, not culprits, and the chance of prosthetics in the future. Specific orthodontic issues like misaligned bites can wear down your teeth and lead to chipping, cracking, and even total loss, which will cost you much more in the end.
Smile Studio Family Dentistry Orthodontics has improved our Zachary patients’ self-confidence, appearance, and health by being committed to making orthodontics affordable for you and your family. We emphasize exceptional service, offer flexible payment options, and file your insurance forms to ensure you get maximum benefits before creating a plan that works best for your budget.
It’s never too late for a healthy smile with Smile Studio Family Dentistry Orthodontics
All treatments have their own lists of pros and cons, and we know you have a unique set of needs with your unique smile, no matter your age. Whether you want to keep this journey more inconspicuous, prioritize comfort over aesthetics, or simply want the option that gets you to your perfect smile fastest, our goal at Smile Studio is your complete satisfaction.
Our warm and fun office features advanced technology to make choosing your orthodontic treatment options a little less daunting. If you still have questions about getting braces as an adult, our happy and well-trained orthodontic team would love to meet you for your initial consultation to get you started on your journey to a confident smile. We care about you like you’re our own family, and we promise to give you the best quality care in a comfortable, fun setting.