Caledonia Orthodontic Care
It’s never too late to get the smile you’ve always wanted! We accept patients of all ages and would be more than happy to help you achieve a straight, healthy smile. Our orthodontists in Caledonia, MI, have experience working with adult patients. They also offer a variety of discreet treatment options for the busy adult.
Why Do Adults Seek Orthodontic Treatment?
More adults are looking to improve the appearance and health of their smiles. In fact, the American Association of Orthodontists reports that 1 in 5 patients is an adult. Here’s why you may need an orthodontist:
A bad bite or malocclusion causes teeth to fit together wrong
Crowded or irregularly-spaced teeth may increase your risk of cavities or gum disease
Crooked teeth may cause jaw pain or pressure
You wish to improve your oral health
You want to enjoy a more confident, attractive smile
How Is Orthodontic Treatment for Adults Different?
Orthodontic treatment for adults is different because the jawbones are no longer developing. But there’s still plenty we can do to improve your oral health and the appearance of your smile. We understand that adults and children need different levels of attention and care. As an adult patient, you can expect our team to meet your needs with understanding and respect. Here’s what we keep in mind while treating adult patients:
Gum or Bone Loss From Periodontal Disease Adults have a higher risk of gum recession and bone loss from gum disease. Once you straighten your teeth, plaque and tartar will have fewer places to hide. Having straighter teeth will also make it easier for you to brush and floss.
Worn or Missing Teeth Your teeth can wear down and shift over time, which is why you may need braces as an adult. Once you lose a tooth, the rest of your teeth lose that support and begin to tilt toward the open space. If you have missing teeth, we’ll work with your dentist to come up with the best solution for your smile.
Incomplete Orthodontic Treatment Many adults received some orthodontics as a child, but never completed their treatment. As an adult, they may choose to complete their orthodontic treatment.
What Types of Braces are Best for Adults?
You have a wide range of options, which one of our orthodontists will help you explore. During your consultation, we’ll evaluate the health and appearance of your oral structures. From there, we’ll recommend an appropriate course of treatment. Many adult patients are able to start clear aligner therapy, such as 3M™ Clarity™ Aligners. One of the benefits of clear aligners is that they’re removable. This means that you’ll be able to continue eating your favorite foods. These clear aligners are also discreet so most people won’t be able to tell you’re wearing them! Our other options include ceramic braces, self-ligating braces, and traditional metal braces.