In fact, the American Association of Orthodontics states that the number of adult patients increased 40% between 1989 and 2012, with nearly 1.5 million adults wearing braces in 2014.
Generally speaking, if your gums and bone structure are healthy, the alignment of your teeth can be changed at any age. Adult orthodontic treatments not only improve your smile, but your teeth and gums, too. When teeth are properly aligned, at-home care and maintenance is easier and more effective, helping to reduce tooth decay and gum disease, and improving overall health. Studies have proven that poor dental health can lead to increased risk for heart disease, respiratory infections, diabetic complications and even dementia.
Additionally, repairing an improper bite can help prevent related conditions such as abnormal wear of tooth enamel and surfaces, headaches and even jaw and joint (TMJ/TMD) pain.
If you aren’t familiar with today’s orthodontic techniques and treatments, you may be surprised to learn about the many improvements in the experience as a whole. Thanks to advanced procedures and technology, most patients enjoy shorter treatment times, less discomfort and greater overall results.
At Dental Depot, we offer a variety of choices in orthodontic appliances, based on your situation and needs. In addition to traditional braces, we also offer silver Damon brackets and more discreet options, including clear Damon brackets, and Invisalign, which are clear, custom-made aligners that gradually move teeth into position based on the patient’s customized treatment plan.
Contact us today! We would be happy to provide a complimentary initial exam and consultation to determine the best option for you, and to review with you the expected treatment time and approximate cost.
Preventing oral disease is one of the most important aspects of dentistry. While prevention certainly begins with practicing proper oral hygiene, maintaining a healthy diet and visiting our office regularly, there are some treatments we can administer that help strengthen teeth to prevent dental injuries and tooth decay. Two of the most common preventive dental treatments include the administration of fluoride and the application of dental sealants.