Orthodontics for Adults

 

We're seeing more and more adult orthodontic patients these days because appliances that are barely noticeable have been developed to give adults more discreet choices when it comes to orthodontic treatment. And many adults realize that investing in a smile makeover can have significant benefits, socially and professionally. Straightening teeth can be an important part of that confidence-boosting makeover process.

s-clearAlignersHealthy teeth can be moved at any age, so there's no such thing as being too old for Invisalign or braces. However, orthodontic treatment for adults is different in two important respects: For one thing, the growth and development of the jaws is complete in adults, so changes in actual jaw structure can't be accomplished with orthodontic appliances in the way they can with a growing child.

Secondly, periodontal (gum) disease is more prevalent in adults than in children. While you are wearing the orthodontic appliances, gentle forces will be applied to your teeth so they can move through their surrounding bone. Periodontal health plays a key role in all of this; if the gum tissues are not healthy during orthodontics, bone loss can result and weaken the long-term prognosis of your teeth. So any gum disease must be brought under control before orthodontic treatment begins. And to maintain your periodontal health, you will need to make sure to have regular professional cleanings during the orthodontics while maintaining good oral hygiene at home.

We would love to meet you in our Pikeville or Paintsville  office and discuss which treatment options may be best for you. Visit our Free Consultation page to request your initial exam.

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Hartsock and Sword Orthodontics

  • Pikeville Office - 161 College Street, Suite 3, Pikeville, KY 41501 Phone: 606-432-3603 Fax: 606-432-5330
  • Paintsville Office - 325 Broadway Street, Paintsville, KY 41240 Phone: 606-432-3603

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