Teeth Straightening Questions Answered by an Orthodontist

Posted on: April 16, 2018

To get answers to your teeth straightening questions, call our office and schedule a consultation. We are happy to provide specific information related to possible treatment plans and straightening options after completing an examination. This allows us to make recommendations that are specific to a patient's individual needs.

However, in the meantime, it can help to do some basic research to learn more about how we have helped patients in the past. Keeping that in mind, here are a few things that you should know.

Adults of all ages are choosing to straighten their teeth

Traditionally, the only people who straighten their teeth using braces are teens and young adults. This has changed significantly in recent years. Now, it is very common for us to treat adults of all ages. We frequently help seniors, working professionals, young adults and teens to straighten their teeth and improve their smile with fantastic results. Not bound by age or schedule, many older adults are realizing that they can have the smile they have always wanted and we are available to give it to them.

There are multiple ways to straighten teeth

One reason adults have tended not to straighten their teeth was they were fearful they would have to wear traditional metal braces. Understandably, this presents a variety of challenges both in lifestyle and appearance. While braces are effective and truly worth it, for some people, these sacrifices are more than they are willing to make for a beautiful smile.

Fortunately, those sacrifices are no longer necessary. Thanks to the invention of clear plastic aligners, it is now possible to move teeth into the correct position without it being obvious that the patient is undergoing orthodontic treatment. Before making a recommendation as to the best type of teeth straightening options for a particular patient, we will need to conduct an examination. If aligners are a feasible solution, we will make note of it at that time.

Most people wear braces for less than two years

One of the most common questions we hear from patients considering teeth straightening is how long the process takes. In most cases, teeth can be straightened in two years or less. Occasionally, the patient will come to us with a severe bite problem which can elongate the treatment time but this is rare. Patients that follow the treatment plan precisely typically find that they are done in rapid time. The key is keeping all office appointments and being sure not to damage the orthodontics along the way.

Teeth straightening solutions are affordable

We have found that most people think that teeth straightening is more expensive than it really is. We encourage anyone who is interested to call our office and schedule an appointment to learn more about the various treatments that we offer and the ways that they can be paid for to ensure that they are affordable.

Also, it is important to note that straightening teeth reduces the likelihood that someone will suffer from tooth decay and gum disease in the future, creating a long-term reduction in oral health care costs.

To schedule an appointment, call today.


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