Gone are the days when orthodontic treatment was relegated to kids and teens; today, plenty of adults are having treatment, as well. In fact, about 5 million people in the U.S. wear braces or aligners — and at least a million of those people are adults. Over the past decade or so, braces and aligners have soared in popularity with people of all ages. Why? Because with orthodontics, it’s not about the treatment you’re having now — it’s about the benefits you’ll enjoy for the rest of your life. If you’d like to enjoy those benefits, too — for yourself or for your child — here’s what you should know about state-of-the-art orthodontic treatment with our leading Surprise orthodontist.
Customized care for your most beautiful smile
The first thing you should know is that today, orthodontics is about more than traditional braces. While metal braces are a good choice for plenty of patients, you've got other options, too, like ceramic and clear braces or Invisalign’s removable aligners. Depending on your needs, our team can also recommend other treatments like extractions or spacers to ensure your treatment is tailored specifically to you.
What’s more, thanks to advances in technology, orthodontic treatment is able to correct a wide array of problems, like:
- Gaps and other spacing issues
- Open bites
- Crooked or “sideways” teeth
Your treatment plan begins with an in-depth evaluation of your teeth, jaw structure, facial shape and bite mechanics. Then our team works to develop a custom-tailored treatment plan that’s focused on your unique needs and goals for truly beautiful results.
Benefits of orthodontics: It’s not “just” a cosmetic treatment
There’s no denying that orthodontic treatment — braces, aligners and other options — can help your smile look great. But while most people tend to think of Surprise orthodontics as a cosmetic treatment, there are other benefits, too.
- First, having a great-looking smile can work wonders on your self-esteem. You can’t help but feel more confident when you know your teeth and your smile look their best — and that means you can make a better impression on other people, too. That’s a benefit you’ll feel in every area of your life, whether you’re at work, at school, or just socializing with family and friends.
- And second, orthodontic treatment just might help you enjoy better oral health in the future. How? Because teeth that are straight and properly aligned are easier to care for. Your toothbrush and floss can reach all the little spaces between and around your teeth to remove food particles and sticky plaque, a major cause of gum disease. When your teeth are aligned properly, your bite mechanics are also optimized. That means less wear and tear on your tooth surfaces, less strain on your jaw joints and a decreased risk of developing a painful, chronic condition called temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ).
That’s a lot of “pluses” from one treatment — which makes it easy to see why investing in orthodontic care now can yield tremendous benefits for your future.
When should I see a Surprise orthodontist?
Certainly, you should see an orthodontist if your teeth are crooked, your bite is poorly aligned, or if you notice chronic jaw pain or other symptoms that might be due to an alignment or spacing issue. Beyond that, the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) recommends children see an orthodontist by the time they’re seven years old. That’s because at that time, a child’s teeth and jaws are still forming, and the adult teeth probably haven’t begun to erupt yet (or they’re just beginning to emerge). At that age, your orthodontist can spot irregularities and problems in their earliest stages. It’s also the time when your child might benefit from interventional treatment aimed at addressing issues now, before they have a chance to develop into more serious alignment or crowding problems. Interventional orthodontics may shorten the length of time your child needs to wear braces later on — and in some cases, interventional care can eliminate the need for braces when your child is a teen.
Another common question for adults is, am I too old for braces or aligners? The answer to this one is simple: As long as your jaws and teeth are healthy enough to undergo the movements needed to bring your teeth into alignment, you can have orthodontic treatment and get the smile you’ve been dreaming of. Regardless of your age, the first step is to give us a call at 602-864-0004 and schedule a consultation with a Surprise orthodontist.
How will orthodontic treatment affect my life?
Well, first of all, once your treatment is complete, you’ll have a lifetime of beautiful smiles to share with the world — and you might enjoy better oral health, too. But when most people ask this question, what they mean is, how will my life be affected during my treatment? That’s an important question — and you might be surprised to learn that the treatment itself isn’t really intrusive at all.
Yes, with braces there are some changes to get used to: You’ll need to avoid certain foods, including foods that are hard, crunchy or sticky, to avoid damaging your brackets or wires. Learning to brush and floss with braces takes some practice, but it’s not as difficult as you might think. Plus, there are rinses and water flossers that can make the job easier than ever. With clear aligners, you won’t even have those factors to consider. That’s because with Invisalign aligners, you simply slip them out when you eat, brush and floss, and leave them in for the remainder of the day (and night).
Best of all, at Dunn Orthodontics, we make your treatment as convenient as possible by being on hand to answer your questions and address any concerns you might have. We’re always just a phone call away. No matter what, remember: Your Surprise orthodontic treatment will only last a couple of years or so — and after that, you’ll enjoy a lifetime of beautiful smiles.
State-of-the-art care from a top-rated Surprise orthodontist
At Dunn Orthodontics, we believe in providing every patient with the best orthodontic care based on his or her unique needs and treatment goals. Our top-ranked Arizona team is dedicated to helping patients get the results they want, so they can enjoy a lifetime of benefits. Take the next step toward your beautiful smile. Give us a call at 602-864-0004 and schedule an evaluation today.