Adult Treatment

Orthodontic treatment is commonly associated with adolescents and teenagers, which is why many adults may think that it is too late for them to undergo treatment to realign their teeth. This is not the case. About one-fifth of all orthodontic patients in the U.S. are over the age of 21. There are now several options available, including for adults, to treat misaligned teeth. Smile Scarsdale is dedicated to helping the patients of Scarsdale, NY, achieve both healthy and attractive smiles.

Why seek orthodontic treatment?

Adults may simply wish to have a more beautiful smile, whether because they have a big event coming up (like a wedding day) or because they want to have a boost in their self-confidence. Straight teeth also offer the benefit of improving oral health – straight teeth are easier to clean, making it easier to prevent problems like cavities and gum disease. They also distribute biting forces more evenly, which decreases the wear on the teeth overall, helping them to last longer over time. Regardless of what your reason for seeking orthodontic treatment is, you can have confidence that you’ll find the right treatment for you at Smile Scarsdale.

Treatment options for adults

Most of the time, adults seeking orthodontic treatment are looking for a solution that is inconspicuous and won’t interfere with their daily activities. At Smile Scarsdale, we offer several treatment options that help to correct misalignments without the cumbersome and unattractive appearance of traditional metal braces. These options include:

  • Clear braces
  • Ceramic braces
  • Lingual braces
  • Self-ligating braces
  • Invisalign

Our dentist will work with you and consider your needs and goals to recommend the most suitable treatment for you.

How adult and juvenile treatments differ

You most often see younger patients undergoing orthodontic treatment because their teeth and gums are different from adults and respond better to realignment. However, this does not mean that adults cannot have a successful procedure, but special considerations will have to be made. Some factors that play a big part in successful treatment include:

  • Gum loss
  • Bone loss
  • Worn teeth
  • Missing teeth
  • Incomplete orthodontic treatment as a teen
  • Failure to wear retainers following previous orthodontic treatment

Our team at Smile Scarsdale will consider all of these factors and make a recommendation that suits your needs. Visit our office in Scarsdale, NY, for a consultation.

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