Too often, adults with crooked teeth or bite misalignments assume they must accept their smiles “as-is.” Today, orthodontists can use various high-quality, effective treatment options to straighten teeth in patients of all ages. This means even seniors can revitalize their smiles!
From clear aligners to bracketed braces, adult-based orthodontics is thriving. Read on to learn more about the adult braces available in Tomball, Magnolia, Northpointe, and Woodforest, Texas, at Hanigan & Johnson Orthodontics.
Do Adults Need Braces?
Believe it or not, many adults who make appointments with us wonder if they’re too old to correct their smiles with orthodontic techniques. Of course, they can and should get braces, especially if they are having trouble with the current positioning of their teeth.
Over time, problems like tooth crowding, tooth gaps, and bite issues can make it difficult for adults to keep their teeth clean. They may also be more prone to developing areas of decay or being diagnosed with gum disease. Investing in adult braces restores the teeth to more natural positions and makes them easier to floss and brush.
Some adults also turn to orthodontics for cosmetic reasons. Often, they want to feel more confident about the way they look in person or in photos. Adult braces can give them a much-needed self-esteem boost.
Our Braces for Adult Teeth
Adult teeth are similar to teen teeth from a basic physiological perspective. However, because adult teeth have been around for longer, adult orthodontic patients may present unique factors that an orthodontist will want to take into consideration. These can include anything from bone loss to gum disease. Our team chooses orthodontic treatments designed specifically to work best for the adult population.
For instance, many adults do well with clear ceramic or metal braces. These are standard types of braces that work with brackets and wires. The brackets are bonded to the teeth and the wire provides the necessary force to slowly and comfortably shift the teeth. However, the brackets may be smaller if needed.
When feasible, orthodontists may recommend clear aligners for their adult patients. Clear aligners tend to be desirable for professionals who want to straighten their teeth more discreetly. Clear aligners also allow adult patients to avoid dietary restrictions and maintain their normal oral hygiene routines.
Trust Hanigan & Johnson Orthodontics for Adult Braces
Adults deserve to work with orthodontists who recognize that their dental histories and smile goals will differ from those of children or teenagers. At Hanigan & Johnson Orthodontics, our doctors and team members specialize in patient-centered care. We personalize all treatment journeys and take time to listen to your objectives so we can help you achieve the smile of your dreams.
Set up a Time to Talk About Adult Braces
It’s never too late to start your journey to the beautiful smile you’ve always wanted. Contact our office today by calling (346) 645-6919. We’ll arrange for an appointment to talk about potential treatment plans with one of our caring and knowledgeable doctors.