Orthodontic treatment is not just for kids and teens. As orthodontists, we treat adults of all ages and it is never too late to invest in your smile.

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5 Reasons Why Orthodontic Treatment is Not Just for Kids and Teens

March 28, 2016
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Written by: Dr. David Sander

Orthodontic treatment is not just for kids and teens. As orthodontists, we treat adults of all ages and it is never too late to invest in your smile. Mom and dad, we are talking to you! Many of you have invested in the overall health and confidence of your children, by trusting your orthodontist to give them a beautiful smile. Now, it is your turn! At Westrock Orthodontics, we offer a variety of treatment options including Invisalign to help you achieve that smile you have always wanted. Keep reading for five reasons you should have orthodontics as an adult:

1) Adult smiles are special too!

Let’s face it, the first thing people notice is your smile. A smile can have a positive impact on the people around you, and if you are afraid to smile it could negatively affect your life. I hear people say all the time they feel like their unattractive or crooked teeth are holding them back from living life to the fullest. Why not change that right now by seeing a specialist, and straightening your teeth with orthodontic treatment? Adults often do a better job caring for their orthodontic appliances and following the advice of their orthodontists, which can mean their results are that much more impressive!
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2) Help avoid problems with your teeth and jaw.

The crossbite or misalignment of your teeth could lead to increased plaque buildup, leading to periodontal disease, which could cause damage and/or result in the loss of your permanent teeth. Replacing lost teeth can cost thousands of dollars and involve extensive surgery to repair. Why not keep the teeth you have and enhance them through orthodontic therapy? Orthodontics can also aid in possibly avoiding bone loss around the teeth, tooth decay, irregular wear of tooth enamel, and TMJ/TMD issues.

3) Orthodontics are now more comfortable than ever.

I love technology, and it has certainly improved orthodontics! The brackets we use today are smaller and more comfortable than ever. We also offer ceramic braces that are barely noticeable. The archwires we use work with your body heat to deliver a light force to your teeth and are more comfortable than before. At Westrock, we offer Invisalign treatment that can correct your bite with a series of clear aligners made of a comfortable plastic and allow you to clean around your teeth without wires and brackets.

4) People are living longer, healthier lives.

People are living longer. With technology and proper care, there is no reason you should not keep your teeth for life! The investment of orthodontic treatment will help you in keeping your teeth and is very small compared to the cost and upkeep of replacing your teeth with implants or dentures. A single tooth implant can cost several thousand dollars. I have had the pleasure of treating many adult patients and I have not talked with a single one that regretted their decision to straighten their teeth. Many have said they wished they had done it sooner!

5) Adults should consider orthodontics because it is more affordable than ever.

Maybe your parents could not afford orthodontic treatment when you were growing up? Today, many medical and dental insurance plans cover part of the cost. Westrock helps you afford to make your smile! Our offices offer a number of different payment options to suit your particular situation. if you have insurance, we can review your policy to help you maximize your benefit and file your claims.

So what are you waiting for? Consider improving your greatest asset, your smile, today!