For most patients, straight teeth equal a beautiful smile. But did you know that a properly aligned bite is also healthier? Overlapped, crooked, or rotated teeth create a daily cleaning challenge. Helping even a couple straggling teeth find their proper place can leave you with a healthier mouth.
Straight teeth aren't just for kids! Adults often make the most dedicated orthodontic patients, and it's never too late to discuss the options for a bright, straight smile. If you're not sure traditional braces are for you, don't worry. Invisible methods can work extremely well in many cases, and our doctors can help you explore the possibilities.
Orthodontics involves teeth straightening while maintaining proper jaw alignment, combining beauty and function. Identifying problems when a child is growing may allow for easier treatment, but it's never too late to discuss ways to enhance your smile!
INVISALIGN® - Eugene, OR
A straight smile has never been easier to achieve. Clear plastic trays, known as aligners, can work the magic of braces without the metal look and feel of traditional braces. Combined with sophisticated 3D software, this technology brings a new smile within reach for most adults and mature teens.
Getting Braces as an Adult
Getting braces as an adult is becoming increasingly common, and there are a few things to know about the process:
- Treatment duration: On average, adult orthodontic treatment with braces can last anywhere from 18 months to 3 years. It's important to understand that the duration can be influenced by factors such as the alignment of your teeth, jaw alignment, and the specific treatment plan recommended by your orthodontist.
- Types of braces: There are various types of braces available for adults. Traditional metal braces are the most common and cost-effective option. We also offer teeth straightening options like Invisalign. Your orthodontist can recommend the most suitable type of braces based on your needs and preferences.
- Oral hygiene: Maintaining good oral hygiene is crucial during orthodontic treatment as it can help prevent issues like tooth decay and gum disease. Brushing and flossing may require some adjustments with braces, including using special tools like interdental brushes or floss threaders to clean between the brackets and wires. Your orthodontist will provide you with specific instructions on how to properly care for your teeth and braces throughout the treatment process.
- Lifestyle adjustments: Having braces as an adult may require some lifestyle adjustments. Certain foods, such as sticky or hard items, may need to be avoided to prevent damage to the braces. It's important to follow any dietary restrictions or recommendations provided by your orthodontist to ensure the best treatment outcome.
- Retainers: After braces are removed, you will likely need to wear a retainer to maintain the results achieved. Retainers help prevent your teeth from shifting back to their original positions. Your orthodontist will provide guidance on how often to wear your retainer and for how long.
Getting braces is not only for children, so contact our Eugene orthodontist to determine if braces are the right option for you.
Orthodontic Care for Children
Getting orthodontic treatment at a younger age can be beneficial in a few different ways:
- Early intervention: Orthodontic treatment at a young age allows orthodontists to identify and address potential dental and jaw issues early on. By correcting problems during childhood, it can help prevent more complex and extensive treatments later in life.
- Enhanced facial development: Properly aligned teeth and jaws contribute to improved facial aesthetics and symmetry. Orthodontic treatment can help align the jaws, improve facial balance, and enhance the overall appearance of a child's face, leading to increased self-confidence and improved self-esteem.
- Improved oral health: Straight teeth are easier to clean and maintain, reducing the risk of tooth decay, gum disease, and other oral health issues. Misaligned teeth can make oral hygiene more challenging, as it can be harder to reach certain areas with a toothbrush or floss.
- Timely treatment window: Childhood and adolescence provide an optimal window of opportunity for orthodontic treatment. During these stages, the jawbones are still growing and developing, making it easier to guide teeth into their proper positions. The flexibility of the jawbones diminishes with age, making orthodontic treatment more challenging and potentially requiring more invasive approaches in adulthood.
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