Orthodontics aren’t just for kids anymore. These days, it’s not uncommon to see patients of varying ages and walks of life wearing braces. Here are just a few of the different kinds of people that we see in our office:

The Mom
Taking care of the kids starts with taking care of yourself. But like many moms, you often put yourself behind the rest of the family. Getting braces may be something you decide to do before, alongside of, or after your child has completed orthodontic treatment. The experience can help you have healthier teeth that last for years to come.
The Executive
You’ve read the articles; a straight, beautiful smile could be the impression that you need to score that next job promotion. Investing in braces is an investment in your career…not just your teeth!
The Retiree
Congratulations! You’ve finally reached retirement. What comes next? For some people it’s taking care of themselves, and finally getting the smile they never had. Braces at a later age is something that we’re seeing more and more of, thanks to the quality of health and resources available to older adults.
The Kids
Children make some of the best orthodontic patients because their mouths are still developing. At a young age, the bite is easier to correct without surgery. Phase I, or interceptive orthodontics, encourage healthy oral development in children as young as seven.
The Periodontal Patient
Gum disease is the #1 cause of adult tooth loss. If your teeth are crowded and misaligned, it can be extremely difficult (if even possible) to keep them healthy. Combining braces with your periodontal treatments can help you avoid relapse or unnecessary surgery in the future.
The Person With TMJ Disorder
Chronic headaches, migraines, jaw pain, or clicking/popping when you open and close your mouth can be an indication of temporomandibular joint disorder, or TMJD. Correcting the way your upper and lower jaws align can reduce the tension and stress on your TMJ. Orthodontic therapy is a great alternative to invasive surgeries.
The Middle Aged Adult
Perhaps you grew up always feeling embarrassed by your teeth. Their shape and appearance made you avoid getting your picture made or even go up to new people at parties. Finally, you’ve decided to do something about it. Braces are a great investment to changing the way you look and feel about yourself. They’re often an important part of your smile makeover.
The Relapse Patient
You know you should have worn your retainer, but you lost it just a couple of years after getting your braces off. As your wisdom teeth grew in or you got older, you started to see your teeth shifting back into their old position. No, you don’t have to keep living like this…our orthodontist can help you get things back in place.
The Teen
For some teens, getting braces is a rite of passage. Comprehensive braces or clear aligners work well on these developing adult smiles, setting them up for a great future.

If you’re thinking “braces aren’t right for me,” then it’s time to get an outside opinion. There’s a good chance that we’ve already seen people who come from the very same background that you do.

Schedule a consultation with us today to find out how we can help!

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