Adult Orthodontic Care – Dallas, TX
Effective Treatment at Any Age
If you’re an adult with crooked, gapped, or overcrowded teeth, you may think that you’re stuck with the smile that nature gave you. The truth is that it’s never too late to make your smile dreams come true! In fact, at Lakewood Orthodontics, we offer multiple treatment options and can help you find a solution that best suits your unique needs, lifestyle, and budget. All you have to do is schedule a consultation with Dr. Simon to get started, so call our office today for adult orthodontic care in Lakewood!
Why Choose Lakewood Orthodontics for Adult Orthodontic Care?
- Orthodontist with Over 25 Years of Experience
- Insurance Welcome
- Invisalign and Ceramic Braces Available
How is Adult Orthodontics Different From Child Orthodontics?
When it comes to treating adults versus children, orthodontic treatment can include traditional braces and even clear aligners; however, there is one important component that differs between adults and children – their oral growth and development. Apart from the fact that children have teeth and jaws that are still developing, which can make it easier for teeth to move, adult oral and facial structures are fully developed and “in place.” While this doesn’t mean that teeth will not move, it does mean that it might take more time to shift them in the right direction.
The lifestyle habits of an adult (i.e., smoking, teeth grinding, and medications) can affect results, but Dr. Simon and her team at Lakewood Orthodontics will formulate a plan that is designed to help adults remain on the right path toward a straighter, healthier smile.
Common Orthodontic Problems in Adults
It is not uncommon for an orthodontist in Dallas to treat various kinds of orthodontic problems in adults, such as:
- Malocclusion: Overbite, underbite, crossbite, and open bite
- Tooth Decay or Enamel Breakdown: This happens when a misalignment bite causes teeth to grind against each other
- Chronic Jaw Pain: A misaligned bite can make jaw joints and muscles work overtime, causing pain and popping to occur.
- Gum Disease: It is estimated that about half of American adults over the age of 30 have gum disease, which can lead to tooth loss and contribute to heart disease and Alzheimer’s. By rearranging your teeth, you can eliminate more nooks and crannies for plaque to hide and therefore create a more hospitable environment in your mouth and your overall well-being.
When Should You Seek Treatment?
According to the American Association of Orthodontists, you should plan to seek the help of a trusted professional the moment you recognize any potential problems (i.e., a change in your bite, jaw pain, tooth decay, wear and tear, etc.). Of course, even if you do not recognize any signs, maintaining regular dental checkups and teeth cleanings with your dentist is a great first step to identifying a potential problem.
Correcting your misaligned teeth at any age has many benefits, but having a straight smile can be particularly important in adulthood. Not only can you enjoy a boost in your confidence in social and professional situations with a perfectly aligned smile, but you can find it easier to avoid serious conditions like gum disease.
Children who are at least 7 years old should plan to see an orthodontist for a regular examination; however, adults may inquire about this specialized service should it be recommended by a dentist or if symptoms arise that point to an orthodontic problem.
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