Adults and Orthodontics: How’s YOUR Smile Today?
Question: What are the new orthodontic treatments available for adults? Answer submitted by Dr. Jason Aleman, DMD, MS. "Certainly times have changed when it comes to adults and orthodontic treatment. In our office, 1 out of 4 patients starting treatment is an adult. Many of these adult patients did not get braces as an adolescent. They can now afford treatment, want a beautiful smile and a healthy bite. Others have had braces as a child, however, either due to growth or lack of compliance, their teeth are no longer straight. There are no age limits when it comes to adult treatment. At any age, taking care of your smile and overall oral health is just part of taking care of yourself. Your smile may be the most distinctive and important feature on your face. Orthodontic treatment in our office is geared toward profile esthetics and treating to the aging face. Orthodontic treatment can enhance our appearance and give us a wonderful smile. So what are some clinical concerns when it comes to adults and orthodontics? As an adult we heal more slowly and as a result, treatment compared to a growing individual may take a little longer. Obviously, this depends on how involved your case may be. A comprehensive approach to orthodontic treatment may also be necessary. This means that a close relationship with your general dentist and even other specialists may be necessary to obtain the best treatment result. With the advent of new technologies we can move teeth in a gentler manner. New innovative braces can decrease treatment time and minimize the number and length of appointments. Newer esthetic braces have increased the overall acceptance of orthodontic treatment. We have entered a new and exciting time for orthodontics which will give more people beautiful and healthy smiles." Submitted by Springfield Moms sponsor Aleman, Sternstein & McDaniel Orthodontics. Their practice handles diagnosis, treatment plans and treats dental and facial problems on young children, teenagers and adults. Learn more and access your free Ortho Exam coupon on our Mom's Choice Directory.