Why seek Treatment as an Adult?

If you’re an adult who has suffered from teeth that aren’t straight or a misaligned bite for most of your life, we are still able to help you achieve a straight and beautiful smile. We have the ability to move healthy teeth at any age, so it’s never too late for treatment. Orthodontic treatment in adults differ from younger patients because jaw development and growth is complete in adults. Adults are also more susceptible to gum disease, so it is important you are in good periodontal health when undergoing orthodontic treatment. In order to prevent bone loss and weakening of the teeth, your orthodontist will first ensure your teeth and gums are in good health and that you’re dedicated to a good oral hygiene routine at home.

Appliance Options

Moving your teeth into correct position is accomplished with all orthodontic options in the same manner: the appliance chosen applies light and comfortable pressure on the teeth to correct their placement. As specialists, we offer a number of appliance options that are less visible and perfect for anyone’s personal and professional lifestyles. Our options include:

  • Metal Braces. We bond metal brackets to the front of the teeth and run a wire through the brackets to apply pressure to move the teeth into the proper positions.
  • Clear Braces. These works similarly to metal braces, except they are made of ceramic. With the exception of the wire going through the brackets, these are hardly visible. They are a bit more fragile than metal braces, however.
  • Invisalign. A series of clear aligners that are switched out every two weeks until the teeth are in proper alignment. They can also be removed for eating and cleaning the teeth. Because they are clear, they are hardly noticeable to anyone except you.

Retention

Your orthodontist will help you to retain that beautiful smile you’ve worked to achieve through during your treatment that will likely involve wearing a retainer made just for you. With proper retention treatment, your teeth will stay in their new positions and give you a beautiful smile for a lifetime!

Invisalign and Clear Aligners

Often when people think of “orthodontics” they immediately think of the teenager with a mouth full of metal. But today, it’s a new world for patients needing to address misaligned teeth and other bite problems. While it’s true that braces are still metal, they are smaller today and more comfortable to wear. But what about the patient who doesn’t want wires or metal at all? Our orthodontists are able to offer a clear alternative: Invisalign®!

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign® is a system of clear aligners made of almost invisible polyurethane plastic that are made especially for your bite. Over time and through a series of aligners your orthodontist will deliver to you, your teeth will be straightened and maneuvered into their correct positions. Invisalign® clear aligners are removable instead of being cemented or bonded to your teeth like traditional braces. That means you’ll be able to take them out to eat, brush your teeth, floss or for social occasions. Other advantages of using the Invisalign® system include:

  • Improved Oral Hygiene — Since Invisalign® is removable, you can clean your teeth much more easily and thoroughly than if you were wearing metal braces.
  • A Discreet Look — If you consider orthodontic treatment to be a private matter, or simply feel that metal braces don’t fit with your self-image, the invisibility of Invisalign® may be right for you.
  • More Dietary Choices — With traditional braces, some dietary modifications are necessary in order to protect the wires and brackets. Because you can remove your Invisalign® aligners, you can eat anything you like!
  • Comfort — The soft, flexible material that Invisalign® aligners are made of should not irritate the inside of your mouth like metal braces can. Additionally, there is less need for adjustments and most patients say they experience a lot less soreness.
  • Teeth-Grinding Protection — If you have a teeth-grinding or clenching habit, clear aligners can function as thin night-guards that will protect your teeth from excessive wear.
  • Faster, more efficient treatment

How Does Invisalign Work?

All orthodontic treatments work in a similar way in that the differing methods apply carefully controlled forces to teeth to move them into their correct positions.

Your orthodontist will utilize specialized computer software to design a plan for moving your teeth into the best possible alignment. Each movement step will be broken down into several dozen stages, more or less. For each stage, two sets of plastic aligners will be manufactured, one for your top row of teeth and one for the bottom. Each set of trays will be worn for one or two weeks, for a minimum of 22 hours each day. As your teeth begin the process of repositioning, we will move you through the next set of aligners, about once every one or two weeks until your teeth have been moved correctly into place.

How Do You Take Care of Your Teeth with Invisalign?

As we’ve mentioned above, one of the biggest advantages of the Invisalign® system is the ability to remove the trays for easier teeth cleaning. For our patient, taking care of their teeth is the same as if they had nothing on their teeth! It’s important to not neglect maintaining proper oral hygiene to prevent food from being trapped in the aligners. For this reason, we ask our patients to brush their teeth after every meal or snack to prevent food from being trapped in the aligners. You should also clean your aligners regularly by brushing them and then rinsing them with water and liquid hand soap (Dial) or using denture cleaning tablets.

Also, it’s important to keep in mind that while wearing clear aligners may be different from wearing traditional braces, the importance of maintaining straight teeth post-treatment is exactly the same. Be sure to wear your retainers exactly as prescribed in order to protect your beautiful new smile!

Adult Orthodontic Treatment

Adult Orthodontic Treatment Means It’s Never Too Late to Get a Beautiful Smile

Today, we are benefiting from a great many changes in options and treatment plans for adults that are much more comfortable and feature much more inconspicuous appliances that others are less likely to notice. More and more adults are seeing the benefits of correcting the alignment of their teeth for increased health and cosmetic appearance. At Silver Smiles Orthodontics, we are dedicated to helping all of our patients achieve brighter, more confident smiles – no matter their ages!

Why Seek Treatment as an Adult?

If you’re an adult who has suffered from teeth that aren’t straight or a misaligned bite for most of your life, we are still able to help you achieve a straight and beautiful smile. We have the ability to move healthy teeth at any age, so it’s never too late for treatment. Orthodontic treatment in adults differ from younger patients because jaw development and growth is complete in adults. Adults are also more susceptible to gum disease, so it is important you are in good periodontal health when undergoing orthodontic treatment. In order to prevent bone loss and weakening of the teeth, your orthodontist will first ensure your teeth and gums are in good health and that you’re dedicated to a good oral hygiene routine at home.

Appliance Options

Moving your teeth into correct position is accomplished with all orthodontic options in the same manner: the appliance chosen applies light and comfortable pressure on the teeth to correct their placement. As specialists, we offer a number of appliance options that are less visible and perfect for anyone’s personal and professional lifestyles. Our options include:

  • Metal Braces. We bond metal brackets to the front of the teeth and run a wire through the brackets to apply pressure to move the teeth into the proper positions.
  • Clear Braces. These works similarly to metal braces, except they are made of ceramic. With the exception of the wire going through the brackets, these are hardly visible. They are a bit more fragile than metal braces, however.
  • Invisalign. A series of clear aligners that are switched out every two weeks until the teeth are in proper alignment. They can also be removed for eating and cleaning the teeth. Because they are clear, they are hardly noticeable to anyone except you.

Retention

Your orthodontist will help you retain that beautiful smile you’ve worked to achieve by recommending retention treatment. With proper retention treatment, which usually involves wearing a custom retainer, your teeth will stay in their new positions and give you a beautiful smile for a lifetime!

Orthodontics Treatments for Adults – The Change of a Lifetime

Orthodontics Treatments for Adults

Orthodontic treatment isn’t just for kids anymore. If you’re not as proud of your smile as you’d like to be, orthodontic treatment can help – and thanks to advancements in technology and treatment methods, getting a new smile is easier, faster, and more convenient than ever before.

The days of clunky, oversized metal braces are long gone: today’s braces are slim, more comfortable, and more aesthetically appealing than ever. And, with treatment alternatives like Invisalign, no one even has to know that you’re straightening your smile! We’re proud to offer a wide variety of orthodontic treatments, including:

  • Braces
  • Invisalign
  • Clear Braces

We are proud to utilize only the latest orthodontic technology in our office! Now is the time to have the smile you’ve always hoped for!

The Change of a Lifetime

While orthodontic treatment provides a range of functional and health benefits, some of the most important advantages are psychological. A beautiful smile sends a boost of happiness, confidence, and self-esteem through every area of your personal and professional life. Just think how much easier that presentation, big social event, or first date would be if you had a smile you were proud to show off!