Adult Orthodontics

You Are Never Too Old To Have A Beautiful Smile

When people think of braces and orthodontics, they often think of teenagers. While the majority of orthodontic patients are adolescents, this does not mean that adults are too old to transform their smiles! According to the American Association of Orthodontists, 1 in 4 orthodontic patients is an adult. From traditional and clear braces to Invisalign®, Clemente Orthodontics is pleased to offer a variety of orthodontic treatment options for adults.

Why Should I Get Braces As An Adult?

If you have had crooked teeth your whole life, or you had orthodontic treatment as a teen and your teeth have since shifted, you may wonder why orthodontics is necessary. A straighter smile can not only boost your confidence and self-esteem but can also improve your overall oral health. When you have crooked teeth and a misaligned bite, it can be more difficult to chew, speak and properly brush and floss your teeth. Over time, this can lead to uneven wear and tear on the teeth, TMJ disorders, cavities, gum disease and other dental health issues. By aligning the teeth and the bite, you can improve both the aesthetics and function of your smile.

How Does Adult Orthodontics Differ From Teen Orthodontics?

Although there is no age limit on orthodontic treatment, there are a few key differences between adult orthodontics and teen orthodontics.

One benefit of undergoing orthodontic treatment as an adult instead of as a teenager is that adults tend to maintain better oral hygiene. By keeping your smile and your appliances clean during treatment, you can expect better overall results.

Teens make up the majority of orthodontic patients for a reason. At this age, permanent teeth have erupted, but the bone is still soft. This allows for the teeth and jaws to move easier during treatment. In contrast, adults’ bones are denser, which can make orthodontic treatment take slightly longer.

Another difference between adult and teen orthodontic treatment is that adult patients tend to have more dental complications than teens, such as crowns, implants and gum disease. No matter what dental complications you may have, our orthodontists at Clemente Orthodontics will collaborate with your dentist for the best possible treatment outcome.

Treatment Options For Adults

While there are some differences between adult and teen treatment, adults can enjoy many of the same treatment options as adolescents. Clemente Orthodontics is pleased to offer several different treatment options for adults:

Traditional braces are a tried and true way to straighten your smile. Clemente Orthodontics uses micro-mini brackets, making braces smaller, sleeker and more comfortable than ever before.

Clear braces brackets are tooth-colored rather than stainless steel. This is a great treatment option for adults that want the same teeth-straightening power of braces without drawing too much attention to their appliances.

As the #1 Invisalign® provider in New York and New Jersey, we know a thing or two about Invisalign®! Invisalign® is a very popular option among adults. Aligners are clear, removable and comfortable, allowing adults to straighten their smiles discreetly without having to put their lives on pause.

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