Orthodontics offer two end goals: a better looking smile, and a better functioning bite. Straighter teeth don’t just look better, they work better — and a properly aligned bite pattern means you’ll have an easier time biting, chewing food, and even speaking. And while a more aesthetically pleasing set of teeth can have profound effects on a person’s self esteem — adding confidence to everything they do — improving your teeth’s functionality can have positive effects on health and wellbeing.
Many orthodontists and cosmetic dentistry professionals recommend orthodontics for their younger patients, in part because children and teens who are still right in the middle of their growth process offer a great opportunity for shifting teeth around and getting them in just the right place. This has led many patients to believe that once they’re adults, their orthodontic options have run out. Fortunately, this is far from the case; no matter what age you are, your teeth can benefit from orthodontic treatment. If your teeth are otherwise healthy, but just in less than optimal position, they can be moved no matter how old you are.
If you have recollections of orthodontics from days gone by, the great news we have to share is that today’s modern orthodontic appliances have come a long way from the unsightly, uncomfortable appliances of even just a few short years ago. Today’s orthodontic patients benefit from cutting-edge technologies, with options ranging from clear aligning devices that are removable by the patient to tooth-colored braces and even braces that sit behind teeth, completely invisible.
If you’d like more information about how modern orthodontic procedures can help you improve the fit and function of your smile and how our office can help you benefit from them, contact us today for an initial appointment.