Orthodontics for Adults in Parker & Castle Rock, CO
Gone are the days of correcting teeth alignment as an adult being taboo. For decades, adults wouldn’t deal with their crooked teeth because of the stigma of having braces. Orthodontists across the country have seen a boom in more adults coming in to straighten their teeth — 33% of all orthodontic patients are adults, according to the American Association of Orthodontists.
While the stigma of adults aligning their teeth is diminishing, the popularization of more discreet options, such as Invisalign® and ceramic braces, has been a major contribution to adults coming in for orthodontic treatment.
Our offices in Parker and Castle Rock, CO offer several adult orthodontics solutions to help you get the healthy, beautiful smile you’ve always dreamed of! Dr. Struhs and his team are ready to provide you with high-quality orthodontic care.
Can Adults Get Orthodontic Treatment?
Absolutely! There is no age limit to getting orthodontic treatment. You can see an orthodontist for teeth straightening methods like braces at any age. You don’t have to feel embarrassed about wanting straight teeth any more. Dr. Struhs and his team help many adult orthodontic patients obtain the beautiful smile they deserve.
What Options Do Adults Have for Aligning their Teeth?
Almost all of our alignment methods are available for patients of all ages. Here is the complete list of straightening treatments we offer for adults:
- Traditional Braces – Braces are the most common method for straightening teeth. They also tend to be the most cost-effective option. However, braces are also the most obvious out of other teeth alignment options. If you’re looking for something more discrete, ceramic braces or clear aligners might be better!
- Ceramic Braces – Instead of attaching metal brackets to your teeth, ceramic braces use clear brackets. The ceramic brackets are almost invisible, but you can still see the wire connecting them. While they’re more natural than regular braces, there are even more discrete options available.
- Invisalign® – This treatment method has become increasingly popular over the past decade because it is very discreet. Invisalign® aligns teeth with custom fitted, clear aligning trays that fit over the teeth and are virtually invisible.
- SureSmile Aligners – SureSmile is another teeth-straightening method that uses clear aligners. SureSmile stands out with its advanced diagnosis technology.
Why Adults Should See an Orthodontist
Tooth alignment is important for more than just aesthetic purposes — it also promotes general health.
You probably need orthodontic treatment as an adult if you have any of the following:
- Crowded teeth
- Crooked teeth
- Missing teeth
- Jaw misalignment
- Bite misalignment
Prolonged neglect of misaligned teeth, specifically if it affects bite patterns, can lead to periodontitis, breathing issues, malnutrition, and tooth damage. These can result in more complex health issues such as tooth and gum decay, cardiovascular disease, and immune response inefficiencies.
Does Tooth Alignment Take Longer for Adults?
In general, the length of time our adult patients have to wear braces closely resembles that of adolescents. It is heavily dependent on the severity of their tooth misalignment.
Unless a patient had braces before, their teeth have been shifting to an undesirable position for their entire life. Because of this, it’s not uncommon for adults to have to wear braces longer.
Besides more movement being required to get the desired result, our mouths become significantly less malleable when we stop growing. This also leads to a longer alignment process compared to a child with similar needs.
Adult Orthodontics in Parker and Castle Rock, CO
No matter your age, we are here to help you achieve the smile of your dreams while improving your long-term health. Make an appointment today!
To learn more about the benefits of adult orthodontic treatment, we welcome you to call 303-841-2262 to schedule a FREE consultation with us today. We look forward to helping you achieve a straighter, healthier smile!