Orthodontics is for Children — and Adults
Having orthodontic treatment in childhood is ideal in order to take advantage of a youngster’s natural growth processes to help move the teeth into proper alignment. Like the rest of the body, the teeth and jaws are now changing rapidly. For example, at this time it’s possible to create more room for teeth in a crowded mouth by using a “palatal expander,” which is device that widens the upper jaw. This can shorten overall treatment time and ensure the best result if additional orthodontic appliances are needed.
But remember, healthy teeth can be moved at any age. You’re never too old for orthodontic treatment. In fact, about 1 in 5 of today’s orthodontic patients is an adult. Several new technological developments — including tooth-colored ceramic braces, clear aligners, and invisible lingual braces — have made orthodontic appliances less evident.
Removable clear aligners are an alternative to fixed orthodontic appliances. They consist of a series of clear plastic trays that fit over your teeth. Each tray moves your teeth a little bit, until they are in the proper position.
Each system has advantages and disadvantages. After a thorough oral examination, Dr. Paxson will work with you to determine your best treatment option.