Adult Orthodontics: It’s Never Too Late for a Beautiful Smile

Adult Orthodontics: It’s Never Too Late for a Beautiful Smile

An orthodontist or trained dentist can provide orthodontics for patients of all ages, including older adults. At United Dental Clinic, we provide orthodontic evaluations for children, adults, and senior adults.

Read on to learn more about what we, as Orthodontic Dentists, offer and how the orthodontic systems work.

Orthodontic Options in Warriewood, NSW

Traditional Braces

Traditional braces are a tried-and-true orthodontic system that relies on brackets attached to the teeth. These brackets are threaded with guide wires. Every few weeks, you visit our dental clinic for wire adjustments. These adjustments slowly bring your teeth into position.

Your dentist may recommend food restrictions with traditional braces to ensure orthodontic success. For example, avoid sticky foods like taffy or gum that can get caught in your guidewires.

Your dentist may recommend traditional braces for more complex orthodontic issues.

Tooth-Coloured Braces

For patients looking for a more discreet orthodontic experience—perhaps older adults or teens—tooth-coloured braces may be the answer. You visit our dental clinic for periodic adjustments, as with traditional metal braces.

And like metal braces, tooth-coloured braces may be the better option for moderate to severe orthodontic issues.

Invisalign® Clear Aligners

Invisalign is a series of clear tooth aligners fabricated from impressions of your teeth. You wear the first aligner for approximately two weeks before moving on to the next. When you finish your Invisalign aligners, your therapy is complete.

Unlike traditional and tooth-coloured braces, you can remove Invisalign to eat and clean your teeth. Because of this, there are no food restrictions. It is also virtually invisible for a discreet experience.

Invisalign may be the better option for mild to moderate orthodontic issues. However, your Orthodontic Dentists will let you know whether Invisalign can correct your tooth misalignment. Patients are sometimes pleasantly surprised to learn that Invisalign in Warriewood is suitable for their needs.

After Orthodontic Treatment

After orthodontic treatment, your Warriewood dentist fits you with a custom retainer. This clear oral appliance is worn at night to prevent orthodontic relapse. It’s a way to protect your investment in your smile.

Candidacy for Orthodontics

A thorough consultation determines your candidacy. The Best Invisalign Dentist can also tell you what to expect with the various options. At your initial assessment, we’ll be able to answer questions, including how long you’ll be in treatment.

Orthodontic treatment can take up to two years, with an average treatment time of eighteen months. However, this varies by patient.

Issues Our Orthodontic Treatment Can Address

Orthodontic  treatment may correct the following oral health issues:

  • Bite misalignment, including overbite
  • Crooked, twisted and crowded teeth
  • Unusual spacing between teeth
  • Protruding teeth

Benefits of Straight Teeth

Besides achieving the smile you’ve always wanted, orthodontic treatment can make teeth easier to brush and floss effectively. It can also reduce wear and tear by aligning your bite surface.

When teeth are crooked and unusually spaced, certain teeth are taxed with all the chewing, which leads to early wear. Over time, this can mean more cavities and even tooth fractures and loss.

Typically, straight teeth mean a healthier smile.

Free Invisalign Consultation in Warriewood

If you’ve been thinking about Invisalign or braces, we are (at the time of this writing) offering a free Invisalign consultation—no matter your age. We encourage you to reach out today to book your assessment with the dentist.