Dr. Chelian Orthodontics

What to Know About Adult Orthodontic Treatments

Posted on March 22, 2023

It’s a common misunderstanding that orthodontic treatments are for children and teenagers only. In more recent years, this misunderstanding is being disregarded as more and more adults begin to start orthodontic treatments to get the smile they always wanted. According to the American Association of Orthodontists, 27% of U.S. and Canadian orthodontic patients are adults. If you’re ready to start your own treatment, here’s what you need to know.

More Adults Are Seeking Treatment

Adult orthodontics is becoming increasingly popular as more adults seek to improve their dental health and appearance. Many adults who did not have the opportunity to receive orthodontic treatment as children are now seeking treatment to correct misaligned teeth, bite issues, and other dental problems. Additionally, advances in orthodontic technology have made treatment more comfortable and discreet, making it more appealing to adults.

Common Orthodontic Issues Among Adults

Overcrowding is a frequent issue that can cause teeth to become misaligned or crooked, and bite problems, such as overbites or underbites, are also common among adults. Additionally, the loss of teeth and the subsequent shifting of remaining teeth can cause bite issues and further tooth loss. However, with adult orthodontics such as braces or clear aligners, these issues can be addressed to help patients achieve a healthier and more confident smile.

Types of Adult Orthodontic Treatments

Adult orthodontic treatments have come a long way in recent years, with several options available to suit a variety of patient needs. Traditional braces are still a popular choice among adults, as they are highly effective in correcting even the most complex orthodontic issues, but for those who prefer a more discreet option, clear braces or lingual braces may be a better choice. Clear aligners like Invisalign are another popular option, as they are nearly invisible and can be removed for eating, brushing, and flossing.

What to Expect a Consultation

During the consultation, the orthodontist will conduct a thorough evaluation of the patient’s dental health and discuss their treatment goals. This may include taking x-rays and photographs, as well as creating impressions of the patient’s teeth. The orthodontist will then recommend a customized treatment plan tailored to the patient’s individual needs and discuss the different treatment options available. Patients should feel free to ask questions during the consultation.

Adult orthodontics can help improve dental health, correct bite issues, and enhance the appearance of your smile. With a range of treatment options available, there is an option to suit every patient’s needs and preferences. Contact Chelian Orthodontics today if you are looking to start your treatment.


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