Adult orthodontics refers to the specialized branch of dentistry that focuses on correcting misalignments and irregularities of the teeth and jaws in individuals beyond their adolescent years. While traditionally associated with teenagers, orthodontic treatments have become increasingly popular among adults seeking to improve the aesthetics and functionality of their smiles.
At Noyce Orthodontics, our adult orthodontics treatment options include braces, clear aligners, or other appliances that move teeth into their proper positions gradually. Beyond cosmetic benefits, these treatments can also address issues such as bite misalignment and jaw discomfort, ultimately contributing to improved oral health and overall well-being in adult patients.
Types of Adult Orthodontic Treatments
Invisalign uses a series of clear aligners worn over the teeth to gently move them into the desired position over time. These aligners are virtually invisible, so no one will know you’re wearing them. Plus, they’re removable, so you can take them out to eat, brush, and floss.
For adults, traditional metal braces are still the most common type of orthodontic treatment in St. Joseph and Maryville, MO. They consist of stainless steel brackets and wires that apply pressure to your teeth to move them into their proper positions over time. The brackets are attached to the front of your teeth with an adhesive, while small rubber bands hold the wires in place. Braces can be very effective for correcting many common alignment issues.
Ceramic braces are similar to traditional braces, consisting of brackets and wires. However, ceramic braces are made from tooth-colored or clear materials instead of metal. This makes them less noticeable than metal braces.
After your braces are removed, or you finish your treatment with Invisalign, you must wear a retainer to keep your teeth in their new positions. Retainers are typically worn at night while you sleep. They keep your teeth from shifting back to their original positions while allowing your jaw to adjust to the new alignment.
The Benefits of Adult Orthodontics
Adult orthodontics offers a range of benefits beyond cosmetic improvements, addressing oral health and overall well-being. One significant advantage is enhanced dental functionality. Correcting misalignments and bite issues can improve how teeth fit together, reducing the risk of excessive wear, tooth decay, and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders. This, in turn, contributes to a healthier and more functional bite, making it easier for individuals to chew food properly and maintain optimal oral hygiene.
Furthermore, adult orthodontic treatments can have positive effects on overall oral health. Straighter teeth are generally easier to clean, reducing the risk of plaque buildup and gum disease. Properly aligned teeth also contribute to a more balanced distribution of biting forces, preventing uneven wear on teeth and reducing the likelihood of fractures or other dental issues.
Are you ready to transform your smile and embrace the numerous benefits of adult orthodontics? Visit Noyce Orthodontics at 3904 Beck Rd., Ste 190, St. Joseph, MO 64506, or call (816) 364-1911 to schedule an appointment with our experienced orthodontic team and take the first step towards a healthier, more confident you. You can also visit us at 1410 S Main Street, Maryville, MO 64468.