Orthodontics for Adults in Jackson MS
Contrary to what many people think, orthodontic treatment is not only intended for young children and teenagers. Many adults have sought out braces and Invisalign in order to have the healthiest and best-looking smile possible. (See our smile gallery). Adults have taken notice that orthodontic treatment has many benefits in addition to the cosmetic and aesthetic appearance of straight teeth. Namely, properly aligned jaws and teeth are highly beneficial in terms of a person’s overall health. For instance, teeth that are aligned properly are much easier to clean, reducing the possibility of cavities and gum disease. In addition, proper jaw and tooth alignment reduce the possibility of mechanical issues that can lead to loud or painful jaw clicking.
See also: Surgical Orthodontic Treatment
An adult with crowded and blocked out teeth may be used to concealing their smile due to poor aesthetics. By utilizing cutting-edge technology with specifically tailored treatment options, Sandifer Orthodontics can help you in achieving a smile of confidence-one that you can show off for a lifetime.
Adult Orthodontics and Types of Braces for Adults
A range of treatment options are available for adults — from traditional braces to less visible options like Invisalign aligners. Orthodontic treatment is equally effective for adults as it is for children and teens. While it is important to address orthodontic treatment during growth, sometimes, that is not an option. Likewise, considering that an adult’s teeth and jaws are fully formed after the age of 20, it may take a bit longer to align adult teeth as they are in more dense bone.
Limited orthodontic correction can take as little as a year, while comprehensive treatment normally takes longer — between 18 and 30 months. Within two years, most adult treatments are fully completed.
At Sandifer Orthodontics, we are also proud to offer Propel, an accelerated orthodontics’ procedure that has been shown to reduce treatment time up to 30%. We educate our patients on the fact that this option fosters more predictability of tooth movement when coupled with braces or Aligners.
Of course, to a certain extent, the treatment time also depends on the patient’s home routine and overall compliance — the higher the compliance with prescribed hygiene practices and food guidelines, the higher the likelihood that the treatment will finish on time or, in some cases, early. In addition, it is highly recommended for the patient to make regular check-ups and adjustment visits in order to avoid any potential delays in their treatment. These appointments are crucial in the fact that detailed monitoring is accomplished by Dr. Sandifer to keep treatment on track and watch the health of the periodontium (bony housing/gums holding the teeth in the jaw).
Signs and Symptoms That Orthodontics for Adults Might Be Necessary
How do I know if I need orthodontic treatment or braces?
Take a look at some of the most common signs indicating orthodontic treatment may be advised:
- Your teeth are protruding/sticking out: this can lead to trauma/fracture of these teeth without anything to cushion or protect them
- You are experiencing difficulty in biting or chewing — you frequently bite the insides of your mouth or lips; your bottom and top teeth do not touch (anterior open bite) which results in difficulty in biting into a sandwich.
- Your upper or bottom teeth are crowded or you have trouble flossing
- You feel that you frequently hide your smile and that your smile has prevented you from fully succeeding in life
- Your bite is so deep in the front (front teeth overlap completely or almost completely) which can result in incisal wear/fracture of lower teeth.
If you feel that you have one of the issues mentioned above, we would strongly recommend having a complimentary consultation with one of our orthodontists. For new patients, see this first.
What will an orthodontic consultation for adults consist of?
Our team at Sandifer Orthodontics is pleased to offer complimentary orthodontic consultations. Here are some of the steps that an orthodontist will take during your personal consultation:
- Check the number of teeth you have
- Determine if you have issues with your bite (overbite, underbite, etc.)
- Check for problems with teeth alignment (crowding, spacing, etc.)
- Check whether your gums are ready for orthodontic treatment
- Answer any questions that you might have and recommend a treatment for you.
See also: Orthodontist for Teens
As adults, we might have become accustomed to the way our teeth and smile appear. However, this does not mean we should spend our entire life putting up with these issues. If you are interested in finding out what you can do about your crowded teeth or bite issues, do not hesitate to get in touch with our team at Sandifer Orthodontics. We are more than ready to give you a full overview of the range of treatments at our disposal as well as our pricing options, which will allow you to easily get the orthodontic treatment that you need. For a free consultation, make sure to get in touch with us today at 601-981-5004!
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