Adult Treatment

Setting Straighter Smiles for Adults in Alpharetta, GA

Adult orthodontic treatment.Each and every year, we are seeing more and more adults realize the importance of orthodontic treatment, and begin their own treatment as a result. There are many benefits both aesthetic and health related as to why one would opt for orthodontic treatment. Also, with many discreet options like clear, lingual, or Invisalign braces, adults can go through the treatment process with few people the wiser. At Malone Orthodontics, Dr. Jackie Malone is proud to provide orthodontic care for the adults of Alpharetta and other neighboring communities to present them with the best smiles possible. With her methods and techniques, she provides adults with the confidence-boosting smile that will improve their lives both socially and professionally. Read below to see the different types of braces and how each can help you on your journey to a straighter smile.

Types of Orthodontic Braces

All orthodontic braces work essentially the same way: by employing light, continuous force to move teeth into proper alignment. But how we apply these forces can vary, as numerous innovations have become available in recent years. Some of the newer, less visible orthodontic appliances have been designed to blend more easily into an adult's personal and professional lifestyle. Types of orthodontic appliances include:

Traditional Metal Braces.Traditional Metal Braces — This is probably what you think of when you picture someone wearing braces: small metal brackets bonded to the front of the teeth. A thin wire runs through the brackets and is attached on either end to metal bands that go around a back molar.

Clear Braces.Clear Braces — Instead of highly noticeable metal brackets, you can have clear ones made of ceramic, plastic or a combination of both. They are hardly visible, except for the thin wire running through, but they are more susceptible to breakage than metal braces.

Clear Orthodontic Aligners.Clear Aligners — As an alternative to the fixed type of orthodontic appliances mentioned above, clear aligners are removable. They are actually a series of clear plastic “trays” that fit over your teeth exactly. Each tray is part of a series of trays that move your teeth a little bit at a time until they are in the proper position. Your trays are designed with the help of specialized computer software that generates a virtual model of your bite.

 

After Treatment

Wearing a retainer after orthodontic treatment is crucial, no matter which type of appliance you choose and what age you happen to be. Teeth that are not held in place by a retainer long enough for new supporting bone to develop around them can drift back to their original positions. This is certainly not something we, or you for that matter, want to see happen. We will make sure to instruct you on how to retain your new, more beautiful smile so that it continues to make you look and feel great for years to come.

Differences In Adult Orthodontic Treatment

Healthy teeth can be moved at any age, so there's no such thing as being too old for braces. However, orthodontic treatment for adults is different in two important respects. For one thing, the growth and development of the jaws is complete in adults, so changes in actual jaw structure can't be accomplished with orthodontic appliances in the way they can with a growing child.

Secondly, periodontal (gum) disease is more prevalent in adults than in children. While you are wearing the orthodontic appliances, gentle forces will be applied to your teeth so they can move through their surrounding bone. Periodontal health plays a key role in all of this; if the gum tissues are not healthy during orthodontics, bone loss can result and weaken the long-term prognosis of your teeth. So any gum disease must be brought under control before orthodontic treatment begins. And to maintain your periodontal health, you will need to make sure to have regular professional cleanings during the orthodontics while maintaining good oral hygiene at home.

Schedule Your Appointment Today!

Orthodontics isn’t just for teenagers. Adults everywhere are looking for straight smiles that will help them in their social life or help get them that next promotion at their job. If you too are an adult looking to improve your quality of life, feel free to schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Jackie. She’ll be sure to work with you and see what options are available for your particular situation. We hope to see you soon!

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