When most people are asked what they think of when they hear the term “orthodontics,” chances are good that they’ll say something related to teenagers in braces. While it’s true that many orthodontic patients are teens, treatment can actually have a multitude of benefits for people of all ages, including adults. In fact, about 1 in every 5 current orthodontic patients is over the age of 18! If you’ve been unhappy with how your teeth look or feel, you may be wondering, “am I too old for braces?” The good news is now is a great time to explore how orthodontics can help you achieve a healthier, straighter smile!
Here at Central Massachusetts Orthodontics, we offer a variety of treatment options to correct crooked teeth, overbites, underbites, incorrect jaw positioning, and more. You’re never too old to improve your oral health! Keep reading below to learn more about what orthodontics actually is and how it can give you the smile of your dreams.
What is orthodontics?
Orthodontics is a specialty under the umbrella of dentistry. An orthodontist is a dentist who has also received additional education and training to identify and correct orthodontic issues from mild to severe. This gives them the skill and expertise necessary to successfully straighten teeth, correct misaligned jaws, and improve the overall function of your mouth.
More specifically, orthodontists focus on the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of dental and facial abnormalities. When these kinds of issues are left untreated, they can get worse over time. The wear and tear on the teeth, gum tissue, and bone may lead to pain in the face and neck, headaches, and even trouble chewing, swallowing, or speaking. An experienced orthodontist like Dr. Livanos or Dr. Giarrusso will be able to diagnose and treat these issues, improving both the function and appearance of your smile!
Why more adults are choosing orthodontic treatment
Oftentimes, as we age, we begin to understand more about how our oral health is connected to our total body health. For some individuals, this knowledge encourages them to seek out dental or orthodontic treatment that will help them to take better care of their teeth and gums.
Here at Central Mass Orthodontics, we also see many adult patients who received some orthodontic treatment earlier in life that was never completed. Touch-up treatment is common, as well. Teeth that were straightened when you’re younger may shift over time due to age, genetics, or improper retainer use. In these cases, our doctors can monitor your teeth, provide new retainers, or re-treat with braces or aligners.
There are even adults who have never had orthodontic treatment before and simply desire to improve the cosmetic appearance of their smile. The resulting boost in confidence and self-esteem can have a positive impact on many areas of a person’s life, both professionally and personally.
Orthodontic treatment options for adult patients
No matter what your reason is for seeking orthodontic treatment as an adult, you have more options than ever before! Our expert team at Central Mass Orthodontics is thrilled to offer the following treatments for a total smile makeover.
Today’s metal braces are smaller and more comfortable than ever before. Traditional braces are made of metal brackets and wires with connecting rubber bands, which apply a gentle pressure that gradually moves your teeth into alignment. This treatment method has withstood the test of time and proven to be reliable and effective. And thanks to improvements in their design, metal braces are much more comfortable than they used to be!
Also known as ceramic braces, clear braces are similar to traditional metal braces because they use brackets and metal wires that adjust your teeth over time to their prescribed position. However, these braces are exceptionally inconspicuous because the brackets are basically the same color as your teeth!
These braces are ideal for older teenagers and adult patients who have cosmetic concerns but are looking to go the more traditional bracket-and-wire route. For you, this means fewer appointments and less friction on your teeth.
Invisalign clear aligner therapy
The Invisalign system consists of clear, removable aligners customized to fit comfortably over your teeth. Like braces, the aligners gently move your teeth into the desired positions, however, they do so without the use of metal wires and brackets. For the best results, you’ll need to wear your aligners 20-22 hours per day throughout the course of treatment and replace them every week for the next aligner in the system.
Invisalign gives patients a bit of freedom and flexibility that traditional braces just can’t beat! There are no food restrictions since you remove your aligners when eating or drinking. They also make it easier to keep your teeth and gums clean and healthy since you don’t have to work around wires and brackets, and can simply brush and floss the way you normally would.
Get the smile you deserve with Central Mass Orthodontics
Since every case is different and every patient responds to treatment in their own way, there is no “one size fits all” treatment option. That’s why it’s so important to choose experienced orthodontists like Dr. Giarrusso and Dr. Livanos!
You can always feel confident that Central Mass Orthodontics will only recommend the best treatment option for your unique smile needs. Dr. Giarrusso or Dr. Livanos will create a completely customized treatment plan based on your smile, lifestyle, and goals so you can have a positive orthodontic experience and achieve superior results!
Our expert team is dedicated to providing the highest quality care and latest in orthodontic technology in Worcester, Auburn, Spencer, and the surrounding communities. Our top priority is to provide you with a rewarding and stress-free journey from start to finish. We strive to provide a comfortable and welcoming environment that feels like home. At Central Massachusetts Orthodontics, you’re not just another face – you’re family!
You’re never too old for braces, and the smile you’ve always wanted! Take the first step today by calling us to schedule your initial consultation.