Adult Treatment in Charles County and St. Mary’s County, MD
If you live in Waldorf, Leonardtown or a surrounding community in Charles County and St. Mary’s County, Maryland, and are looking for adult orthodontic treatment options, consider the experts at Sequence Orthodontics where many advanced treatment modalities are available for adults, as well as the entire family.
What is Orthodontic Treatment for Adults?
Roughly one in five orthodontic patients today is over the age of 21. More than ever, adults are choosing to straighten their teeth, either because they never had the opportunity to correct their teeth as children or because they failed to wear their retainers after orthodontic treatment and their teeth have slipped back out of place. Whatever the reason, orthodontic treatment for adults is now more exciting than ever because of the many treatment options that are available thanks to technological advancements in the field of orthodontics.
Why Should Adults Consider Orthodontic Treatment?
Many adults seek orthodontic treatment primarily to improve their appearance and self-esteem; however, braces provide more than mere aesthetic improvement. Proper alignment of the teeth and jaw also enhances overall health by improving your capacity to eat and chew properly, leading to improved digestion. Straight, properly aligned teeth effectively improve one’s bite and may even improve speaking ability in some patients. A healthy bite contributes to a healthy mouth, which is the gateway to good health. Straight teeth are also easier to keep clean through regular brushing and flossing, enhancing your health, smile, and overall appearance!
Who is a Good Candidate for Adult Orthodontic Treatment?
Almost any adult may be an ideal candidate for orthodontic treatment, although length and type of treatment may vary according to individual characteristics, such as age, orthodontic condition, budget, and lifestyle. Typically, adults may choose between traditional braces, or aligners, such as Invisalign® or SureSmile®, though not all adults may be candidates for these treatments. The best way to determine if you require treatment, as well as which treatment option is best for you, is to schedule an appointment for a consultation at Sequence Orthodontics.
Does Orthodontic Treatment Take Longer in Adults?
When considering orthodontic treatment, it is important to understand that this is a long-term commitment. Most adult orthodontic treatment takes longer than children’s treatments; however, Sequence Orthodontics offers options that may enhance and accelerate the treatment, such as AcceleDent®. Typically, adults wear braces for a period of 18 months to three years, although some may be a candidate for shorter treatments, such as the Six Month Smile®. Treatment with Invisalign® may take slightly longer but offers the advantage of the aligners being nearly invisible. In most cases, patients must wear a retainer after braces are removed to ensure optimal maintenance of treatment results.
Is Adult Orthodontic Treatment Painful?
Depending on the selected treatment modality, there may be some discomfort as your teeth begin to realign due to the pressure of the braces or aligners. You may also experience discomfort for a few days following each orthodontist appointment whenever your braces are adjusted, or your aligners are replaced. Over-the-counter pain medication typically relieves this mild soreness, and some patients may also choose to use dental wax to prevent braces or retainers from irritating the inside of the mouth. Our staff will provide you with recommendations on how to use the wax at your fitting appointment.
What Should I Do Next?
If you live in Charles County or St. Mary’s County, Maryland and want to learn more about adult orthodontic treatment, you would be wise to contact Sequence Orthodontics at our friendly Waldorf or Leonardtown offices.