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Adult

Orthodontics

Dr. James Raymond is a skilled general dentist who does orthodontics for adults with crowded, overlapping, misaligned, or crooked teeth. It is never too late to correct your teeth and orthodontic treatment not only gives you a more beautiful smile, but can also improve your overall oral health. When you visit our office, we can discuss your options and come up with a plan to adjust your teeth and give you the smile you’ve always dreamed of.

WHEN DO YOU NEED ORTHODONTIC TREATMENT?

Although many people mistakenly believe orthodontic treatment is only for children, statistics from the American Association for Orthodontists show that 1 in 5 orthodontic patients is an adult. If you are an adult and you want to explore your options for a straighter and healthier smile, you are not alone.

You should consider orthodontic treatment if you have any questions or concerns about the alignment of your teeth. This can include crooked teeth, teeth that overlap, or teeth that are crowded together. If you have worn, chipped, or shortened teeth from grinding, you may need orthodontic treatment to create the space needed to lengthen your teeth with veneers or other cosmetic dentistry. In many cases, a combination of treatments including cosmetic, restorative, and orthodontic care will be the best approach to improve your smile.

Beyond the appearance of your teeth, you may want to consider visiting us if you have persistent jaw pain or trouble chewing or speaking. These may be signs that your bite is not properly aligned and orthodontic treatment may be able to help.

Your Options for Orthodontic Treatment

In order to align your teeth, you can use traditional wire and bracket braces or clear aligner trays. In some cases, a combination of the two may be the best option for you.
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Wire and Bracket Braces

Wire and bracket braces are the most common and the most traditional method of correcting your bite. Your dentist will bond the brackets to your teeth and connect them with wires. Each month, they will tighten the wire to bring your teeth into alignment.

Pros:
  • Braces generally correct the position of your teeth more quickly.
  • New material allows for braces to be more discreet by making them clear or white in color.
  • You can’t take braces out, so the treatment is less influenced by your compliance. If you are worried that you will be tempted to remove your aligners, wire and bracket is generally the best choice to ensure that treatment is effective.
Cons:
  • Traditional braces are more visible when you smile and this can make some patients self-conscious.
  • If you have certain dental health conditions such as gum disease, wire and bracket braces may not be a good fit.
  • You have to take special care to clean your braces and avoid foods that might pull off the brackets.

Clear Aligners

These are clear plastic trays that are molded from an impression of your teeth. During the treatment process, you will receive a tighter tray every six weeks on average. You must wear the aligner for the majority of the day and night, except when you are eating, brushing, or flossing.

Pros:
  • Clear aligner trays are more discreet and are less visible during conversation or in photographs.
  • It is easier to clean your teeth and the aligners while you are undergoing treatment.
  • You can remove the aligners as needed for eating, brushing, and flossing.
Cons:
  • Correcting your teeth will usually take longer, especially if you remove the aligners often.
  • If you have severely crooked teeth, clear aligners are generally not the best option and may not be able to fully correct your bite.
  • There is a possibility of losing the aligners.
A woman smiling and holding a clear aligner tray after a visit to our adult orthodontist

Visit Us For Adult Orthodontics

If you are self-conscious about crooked or overcrowded teeth, or you are experiencing jaw pain or trouble chewing, schedule an appointment with us today. We will examine your teeth and can help you determine if orthodontic treatment is right for you. You will be able to choose from traditional braces, clear aligners, or a combination of the two depending on your specific situation. In addition, we offer cosmetic and restorative treatments to help you get the beautiful smile you desire.
Contact us today to schedule an appointment to discuss your orthodontic treatment options.
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