It is possible to straighten your teeth at any age.
When you hear about orthodontic treatment, you might think that the options are only available to children and teenagers. The reality, however, is that more and more adults are choosing to straighten their teeth later in life. Many people simply don’t have the opportunity to undergo orthodontic treatment as children, and look for solutions as adults in the hopes of achieving a healthier, more beautiful smile. If you are considering an orthodontic treatment, here’s what you should know about being an adult patient…
1. Your oral health will improve
It’s no secret that a straight smile is generally considered a beautiful smile, and that there are some clear aesthetic benefits to undergoing orthodontic treatment. Straightening your teeth could also help to improve your oral health in the long-term. Crooked and crowded teeth tend to be more difficult to clean than straight teeth, making them more prone to issues like tooth decay and gum disease. Crooked teeth and bite-related problems like overbites, underbites and crossbites, can also lead to wear and tear on the teeth, as well as jaw pain and discomfort. If you choose to straighten your teeth, you are likely to enjoy improved oral hygiene and health once your treatment is complete.
2. The process may take longer
Although there are many benefits to straightening your teeth as an adult, and it’s never too late to undergo orthodontic treatment, it is important to understand that the process might take longer than it might for a child or teenager. This is because your jaw has finished developing by the time you reach the adult years. When you consult with your dentist, they will let you know what to expect from your treatment and its duration and address any concerns that you have. They will also let you know how much your treatment will cost, based on how long it will take, so that you can plan accordingly. Although straightening your teeth requires time and commitment, you will be rewarded with a straighter, healthier, and more beautiful smile — a result which most people agree is well worth the effort.
3. It’s possible to choose a discreet treatment
A concern for many adults who would like to undergo orthodontic treatment is the thought of dealing with bulky metal braces. Although braces are an excellent orthodontic solution and can effectively resolve a range of issues, they are very noticeable in the mouth, which can be unappealing for adults. The good news, however, is that there are more discreet options available. One of the most popular of these options is clear aligners. Clear aligners are made from medical grade plastic and are almost completely invisible if regularly cleaned. Because they are custom-made, clear aligners are also very comfortable to wear. They can be removed for eating and drinking, as well as brushing and flossing, which means that they are very convenient and can fit seamlessly into most lifestyles.
How can we help?
At G Dental, we understand that many adults would like to straighten their teeth in a way that is as discreet as possible. For this reason, we offer Invisalign, an orthodontic treatment that is virtually invisible. If you are considering orthodontic treatment as an adult, we encourage you to come in and see us so that we can advise you on a treatment plan that will work for your particular needs and aesthetic goals.
If you would like to find out more about Invisalign and what the treatment process involves, please have a look here.
We also offer a range of other dental services, including general, restorative, cosmetic and children’s dentistry. To find out more about the treatments that we provide at G Dental, please have a look here.
If you would like to arrange a consultation, please get in touch with us here or give us a call on 03 9435 6063.