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Adult Orthodontics
Posted on 11/19/2017

Adult Orthodontics

Considering Adult Orthodontics?

guy smiling and talking on the phoneAt Inspire Orthodontics, we're proud to provide high-quality orthodontic treatment to patients throughout the Littleton & Highlands Ranch, CO areas. We treat patients of all ages at our office, and while you might think of orthodontics as something that's just for kids, you'd be surprised how many of our patients are adults! Adults comprise more than a quarter of our orthodontic patients, and many report that achieving a new smile makes them feel happier and more confident in any situation. If you're considering adult treatment, here are a few things to keep in mind.


About Adult Orthodontic Treatment

It's true what they say – it's never too late for a beautiful smile. We can move healthy teeth at any age, so you're never "too old" for braces. Plus, modern treatment alternatives like Invisalign mean almost no one will know you're straightening your teeth, allowing for minimal interruption to your daily routine. That said, there are a few differences between orthodontic treatment for adults and for children.


For starters, adults don't experience rapid growth like children and teens do. This means that achieving the same degree of tooth movement can take longer for adults, as we can't take advantage of natural growth spurts like we can with children. During adulthood, the jaw has also fused into one piece, so we can't widen it through palatal expansion as we can during early orthodontic treatment.


Finally, adults are more susceptible to periodontal disease than children. Gum disease in any form can completely derail treatment, so we'll need to correct any signs of gingivitis before starting treatment and it's important to maintain strong oral hygiene throughout your treatment. That said, with diligent hygiene and careful adherence to any instructions, you can successfully achieve a new smile at any age!


Schedule a Free Consultation for Adult Orthodontic Treatment Today

Adult orthodontics isn't for everyone, but for many patients, it can be a life-changing step towards a brand new you. If you're interested in finding out more about how adult orthodontic treatment can help you achieve a new smile, don't wait – schedule your free consultation online today. We'll help you understand how orthodontic treatment can improve your smile, giving you a clear picture of the treatment process and timeline. We hope to hear from you soon, and we're excited to help you revitalize your smile!