Adult Orthodontic Treatment: No One Is Too Old to Smile Big!

Adult orthodontics is in style

Adult Orthodontics Treatment

Braces aren’t just for kids or teens! Orthodontic care is an essential field of dental care that helps people of all ages achieve optimal oral health and a beautiful smile. You’re never too old to straighten your smile and reap the rewards of wearing braces or clear aligners.

If you’re an adult interested in adult orthodontics care, here’s what you should know

Adult orthodontics continue to grow in popularity.

According to the American Association of Orthodontists, 25% of orthodontic patients are adults. There has been consistent growth in adult orthodontics since the 90s, with the most significant uptick being within the last decade or so, reflecting the growing desire of many adults to enjoy a straight, healthy smile at any age.

We’ve seen an impressive change in the technology and techniques used in modern orthodontic treatment. Orthodontists can treat patients more effectively and often with shorter treatment times than in previous decades. There are also exciting orthodontic appliance options, such as clear aligner systems.

Prioritizing oral health has also become more of a trend, with social media influencers promoting oral and orthodontic care products. This naturally encourages adults to seek more information on improving their oral health, including options for straightening their teeth.

While the use of popular at-home, or so-called “DIY,” orthodontic systems is highly discouraged by the American Association of Orthodontists and dental professionals, it has had the surprising advantage of bringing more patients to orthodontists. These trends have encouraged conversations between a patient and their orthodontist, which can help the patient make a safe and informed decision about adult orthodontics care.

Clear aligners are especially appealing to adults.

The success of clear aligner systems isn’t the only reason adult orthodontics are trending, but they’ve certainly played an important role.

Even though orthodontic care is something to feel proud of doing for yourself, it’s understandable that the idea of braces may not be appealing. Traditional braces are pretty obvious, even if the brackets are made of tooth-colored ceramic instead of metal. Those who are considering the idea of adult orthodontics care may only balk because of how braces will change their appearance during treatment.

Clear aligners allow adults (and children and teens!) to move forward with orthodontic treatment without worrying how their smiles will look. They can also expedite treatment compared to braces, with the typical clear aligner plan ranging from 12 to 18 months. You’ll also be able to pop out your aligners before eating and brushing, further minimizing lifestyle changes.

Adults typically prefer clear aligners, but the most critical factor is effectiveness. In some cases, traditional braces may be more effective or the only option. If you find yourself in this situation, remember that braces are only a temporary inconvenience, but the advantages you’ll experience can last for the rest of your life.

Adult orthodontics is about more than just straight teeth.

Roughly 70% of people could benefit from orthodontic care—and cosmetic advantages aren’t the primary reason. While many adults seek out orthodontic care to improve the aesthetic balance of their smile, there are many functional advantages to be aware of too.

Straight teeth aren’t only attractive, they tend to be healthier because caring for them is more manageable. Crookedness, crowding, and malocclusions often leave tight nooks and crannies between teeth. Bruxism and clenching triggered by a bad bite can increase the risk of gum disease, tooth loss, and decay.

Flossing and brushing will be much more effective after orthodontic treatment. You’ll have a much easier time maintaining your oral hygiene at home, reducing your risks of hygiene-related problems like decay and gum disease.

As far as looks go, the cosmetic benefits are the icing on the cake. Not only will your oral health improve, but so will your self-esteem. Studies show a great smile gives the impression of trustworthiness and confidence, resulting in higher success in personal and professional relationships.

Find out what orthodontic care can do for you.

Suppose you’ve been dreaming of a straight smile or suspect orthodontic care may solve an oral health issue you’ve been experiencing. In that case, it’s time to book a consultation with Dr. Leslie, our dedicated orthodontist!

Dr. Leslie offers a free new patient consultation, including a thorough evaluation of your smile and everything you need to know when planning orthodontic treatment. By the end of your visit, you’ll have answers to your questions and feel confident moving forward with orthodontic care as an adult. Schedule your visit today by calling our Omaha, NE, office or requesting an appointment online.