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Braces for Adults


A woman with braces, smiling at Senestraro Family Orthodontics.You don't often associate braces with adults. Instead, most people picture middle schoolers or early high schoolers wearing them. They are a common rite of passage for many young people. However, young teens are not the only ones who deal with crooked teeth. There are many adults who have dealt with crooked teeth and bite issues for their entire lives. If you are tired of dealing with your crooked teeth, Senestraro Family Orthodontics can help to improve your tooth alignment, your oral health, and your smile with braces.

Finally Correcting Bite Issues


Some adults have lived their whole lives with crooked teeth or other bite issues. Perhaps your family could not afford orthodontic treatment in the past. Maybe you have been alright with your crooked teeth, but want to improve your smile for professional reasons. Alternatively, maybe you are finally starting to notice the effects of misaligned teeth. You might be developing several cavities, you may be dealing with gum disease, or you may have noticed jaw pain, uneven tooth wear, gum recession, headaches, and other issues associated with TMJ. Whatever the reason, braces can help you to finally correct your bite issues, improving your oral health and the appearance of your smile while also boosting your confidence at the same time.

What if I've Had Treatment in the Past?


There are some adults who had worn braces when they were younger. As you get older, your teeth may begin to shift back out of alignment. Maybe you didn't wear your retainer as you should have. It is also possible that the natural growth of your jaw has caused your teeth to return to their crooked positions. This could result in the need for orthodontic treatment as an adult, even if you were diligent during your previous orthodontic treatment.

Are There Any Complications with Wearing Braces as an Adult?


As an adult, your jaw is much harder than it was when you were younger. When the bone stops growing, it solidifies. As a result, your teeth can be a bit more difficult to move. This does not mean orthodontic treatment is impossible. It may mean that your treatment with braces will take longer than it might have in your younger years. Gum recession and bone loss in the jaw can also cause issues, as can previous tooth extractions. We will evaluate your mouth before placing your braces to ensure that your treatment provides you with the best results possible.

Do I Have Other Options?


Braces are very effective. However, many adults who want to correct alignment issues do not exactly want to be seen wearing shiny metal braces. Fortunately, metal braces are not your only option anymore. Today, you have several choices when it comes to orthodontic treatment, including less noticeable ones. These options include ceramic braces, lingual braces, and clear aligners. If you are not sure about wearing metal braces, we will go over the benefits and drawbacks to all of your options so that we can help to determine the best orthodontic treatment for you. Learn more about adult orthodontics.

If you are an adult who is looking to fix crooked teeth or other bite issues, we can help. Call Senestraro Family Orthodontics at (503) 925-3335 to schedule your consultation today.
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