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.
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.
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.
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.