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ADULT ORTHODONTICS

It is never too late to improve your smile!

Did you know that 1 in 4 patients undergoing orthodontic treatment are adults?  Crooked teeth and a misaligned bite can contribute to gum and bone loss, tooth decay, excessive tooth wear, difficulty chewing, headaches and jaw joint (TMJ/TMD) pain.  Teeth can be moved at any age, and with adult orthodontic treatment, you can improve your tooth alignment and bite to reduce the risk of developing these dental problems.

 

Our orthodontist, Dr. Godley, works with you to focus on how to improve your smile, give you a functional bite, and prevent future dental problems.  With esthetic options such as clear aligners, clear braces, and hidden lingual braces, you are sure to find one that easily fits into your lifestyle.

During your complimentary consultation, our orthodontist can evaluate your smile and offer solutions to fit your budget, lifestyle, and needs.  Full treatment isn't right for everyone - and that's okay.​

Adult smile

Healthy teeth can be moved at any age

It is a common misconception that orthodontic treatment is only for children and teens.  Teeth naturally continue to shift into adulthood, which can result in crooked teeth, misalignment of the bite, poor  tooth angulation, or other side effects.  Whether you are unhappy with your smile or bite for cosmetic or health reasons, it is never too late to seek improvement.

OPTIONS FOR ADULTS

More comfort, less noticeable

Orthodontic treatment is a viable option for almost any adult.  Advances in technology have made treatment more comfortable and less noticeable than ever.  Many of today's modern treatment options are designed to minimize the appearance of appliances to better fit your lifestyle.

Adult dental orthodontic panoramic xray
How is adult orthodontics different from child orthodontics?

The biggest difference in orthodontics for adults versus children/teens is that adults are no longer growing.  Adult treatment may take slightly longer due to maturity and density of the bone.  Some medications and habits, such as clenching/grinding or tongue thrusting, can affect the outcomes of treatment.  

It is common for orthodontists to work alongside a patient's dentist and sometimes other specialists to coordinate care.

Common Orthodontic Problems in Adults

Crowding

Overcrowding can occur when the size or number of teeth are larger than the bone supporting them, resulting in overlapping.

Overbite

An overbite is excessive overlap of upper and lower front teeth vertically.  This is also called a deep bite.

Underbite

An underbite is when the lower front teeth or jaw sit ahead/forward of the upper front teeth or jaw.  This is also called a class III malocclusion.

Protrusion

Protruding teeth, or excessive overjet, refers to teeth that stick out further than ideal.  This can occur in both arches, or just the upper.

Jaw Pain

There are several causes of jaw pain, including a misaligned bite, habits, stress, trauma, and neuralgia.

Open Bite

An open bite is a malocclusion in which teeth do not make contact with each other.

Toothwear

Although all teeth can wear down over time, misaligned teeth wear unevenly and more quickly than those in an ideal position.

Crossbite

Although all teeth can wear down over time, misaligned teeth wear unevenly and more quickly than those in an ideal position.

Misaligned Bite

A misaligned bite, or malocclusion, occurs when upper teeth do not ideally align with lower teeth.  These are classified as Class I, Class II, or Class III.

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