Orthodontics For Adults: Is It Ever Too Late?

Orthodontics For Adults: Is It Ever Too Late

If you’re wondering if it is too late for orthodontics for adults, check out this blog from Essential Dental Of Roslyn for the answer.

The Health Benefits Of Orthodontics For Adults

Adults don’t need to worry if they feel like they have missed out on getting braces. Orthodontic treatment isn’t just for children, adults can benefit from it, too! At Essential Dental of Roslyn, adults make up a large portion of our orthodontic patient base. As long as your gums and bones are healthy, you can start your orthodontic journey no matter your age.

Orthodontic treatment as an adult can make a big difference in your appearance and self-confidence. Plus, it can improve your overall health. When your teeth are misaligned and your bite is off, it can lead to gum and bone problems, tooth decay, uneven wear of your teeth, headaches, and jaw pain. Orthodontic treatment can even help with issues like bruxism while you sleep, so you can get better rest and boost your wellbeing.

What Is Invisalign®?

Invisalign® is an orthodontic appliance system used to inconspicuously treat crooked and crowded teeth in adults and teens. This modern take on braces features a system of clear aligner trays that are worn at all times with the exception of during meals and when brushing or flossing.

The trays are custom fitted to the teeth, making them virtually unnoticeable when laughing, talking, and eating with other people. Patients receive a sequence of trays, each of which is slightly different than the one before. The aligners provide a slight resistance to the teeth, forcing them to move into alignment over time. With Invisalign®, adults and teens can achieve the smiles they’ve always wanted without feeling self-conscious about the mode of treatment.

Did you know wearing Invisalign® is in no way as restrictive as traditional braces? Many adults opt for this system not only because it is discreet, but also because there is no need to change your diet to avoid foods that could damage braces. This is because the Invisalign® system is free of braces and brackets, instead opting for a removable tray that can be taken out prior to meals. Also, Invisalign® fits well into busy adult schedules, as there is no need to attend frequent visits for wire tightening. Most patients simply change to a new aligner tray every couple of weeks.

What Orthodontic Issues Can Invisalign® Correct?

Invisalign can help with many dental issues, like:

  • Gapped teeth. The extra space between teeth can make them more vulnerable to decay. 

  • Overbite. This is when the upper teeth extend over the lower teeth.

  • Overcrowding. This is when teeth are too close together, leading to stress on the teeth.

  • Underbite. This is when the lower teeth extend past the upper teeth.

Invisalign is best for addressing problems caused by misalignment or the wrong positioning of teeth. This means that not all cases of overbite or underbite can be corrected. In addition, tooth overcrowding may necessitate the removal of one or more teeth to make enough room. Our team can apply Invisalign after these extractions to move your teeth into their correct place. More intricate issues such as crossbite or open bite may require more specialized orthodontic treatment.

You will wear your aligners nearly all of the time, with the exception of about two hours per day. Invisalign® treatments are different for everyone, but most patients can achieve their ideal smiles within one to two years. During that time, you can expect to make occasional dental visits to monitor your progress.

Following your treatment, you will no longer need to wear Invisalign® trays. However, you will need to wear a retainer each day to help protect your new smile. It is also important to continue visiting your dentist for routine check-ups and twice-yearly cleaning.

Essential Dental Of Roslyn Is The Right Choice

For your dentist’s appointment, you couldn’t ask to be in better hands than with Dr. Krasnyansky. Dr. Krasnyansky, also known as Dr. K., is a passionate dentist who is always prepared to provide the highest quality of care to her patients. She sees her role in the community as an opportunity to improve the health and appearance of her patients’ smiles, as well as to educate the public on how to remain healthy and free from dental diseases. Her desire to help people smile again was the driving force that pushed her to pursue a career in dentistry.

Whether it’s time for your twice-a-year dentist’s check-up, or if you wonder how you could benefit from certain dentistry treatments, call the experts at Essential Dental Of Roslyn. At Essential Dental Of Roslyn, we are glad to treat patients from Roslyn Heights, East Hills, and the surrounding neighborhoods with general, family, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry as well as specialized beauty treatments. Call us at 516-621-2430 to learn about our services today.

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