Orthodontics for Adults in Del Mar, CA

Orthodontics for Adults

For a long time, orthodontic treatment was only commonly seen in teenagers. This is no longer the case, as the American Association of Orthodontists estimates that now, one in five orthodontic patients is over the age of 21. If you did not have orthodontic treatment when you were younger, Sunny Smiles could provide the treatment with their team of orthodontists near you in Del Mar, CA.

Treatment options for adults

Many adults dismiss getting braces because they don’t want cumbersome, unattractive metal braces on their teeth. Fortunately, several options are now available that are more comfortable and less conspicuous. Options include:

  • Clear braces
  • Ceramic braces
  • Self-ligating braces
  • Lingual (behind the teeth) braces
  • Invisible braces/clear aligners
  • Traditional braces

The difference between adult orthodontics

The most significant difference between adult orthodontics and orthodontics for children or teens is that, in younger patients, the jawbones are still developing. In adults whose bones have stopped growing, orthognathic surgery may be used to align the jawbones. Additionally, the treatment may be used for other reasons than straightening the teeth. Adults are more likely to have worn teeth, missing teeth, or teeth that have shifted over time. Correcting the alignment helps correct the bite, improve the wear on the remaining teeth, and reduce gum disease risk. Some adults may have received some orthodontic treatment when they were younger but never managed to complete it for one reason or another. A unique treatment plan can be created to help them complete their treatment and achieve the beautiful smile that they always wanted.

Why consider adult orthodontic treatment

Straight teeth are not desirable just for aesthetic reasons. They are also beneficial for your oral health. They are easier to keep clean, which helps to prevent the development of dental issues such as cavities and gum disease. You may also find that after treatment is complete and you’ve achieved a straighter, more attractive smile, you boost self-confidence, which may aid you in your workplace and everyday life.

Contact us at our orthodontic office near you if you feel orthodontic treatment may be for you. We will be happy to help you find the right treatment at Sunny Smiles Kids Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics.