Orthodontic Treatment for Adults
When you think of an orthodontic treatment, you probably think of a teenager with metal braces in their mouth, right? Of course, this is what most people think of. Orthodontic treatments are not just for teens and kids and are beneficial for adults too. In fact, orthodontic treatment at later stages in life can result in a dramatic change in the appearance of your smile.
The health of your gums and teeth is important and you do not want to live day in and out with dental problems that may lead to bigger issues. A bad bite or crooked teeth can result in tooth decay, gum disease, bone loss, headaches, jaw joint problems, tooth enamel issues, and more.
The American Association of Orthodontists states that just about every one in five patients that is over the age of 21 will need some type of orthodontic treatment. Many adults have chosen to receive orthodontic treatment because they want to not only improve their dental health, but they want to be able to show off their smiles without worry too.
Adults everywhere have taken steps to improve their smiles and now is the time for you to call our La Habra office and take the steps needed to enhance your smile. Many adults do not want to think about metal braces and fortunately, dental devices have come a long way. You no longer have to fear the metal braces, as there are other alternatives. In fact, orthodontic treatment for adults includes ceramic braces and even transparent aligners.
If you would like to learn more about your orthodontic options, contact our La Habra office now to schedule an appointment with us.
Orthodontic Treatment and What to Expect
When you come into our office for orthodontic treatment, you can expect to have a full consultation performed in our office. At this time, Dr. Cho will look over your teeth to determine if there are any underlying conditions. If there are, they will need to be corrected BEFORE you have the orthodontic treatment performed.
Whether you choose an invisible option or you want to ceramic braces, you will still need to follow proper dental hygiene to ensure that the braces or treatment does not work negatively. In fact, when you have an orthodontic treatment, you need to:
• Brush and floss your teeth more than you did before
• Watch what types of food you eat, especially with braces
• Make time to go to all of your checkups and follow up appointments
What to Ask Your Orthodontist When You Go in for Treatment
When you come into our office, you should have a set of questions ready to ask Dr. Cho. These questions should be about your care and the treatment that is coming up. You do not want to be left in the dark about your treatment and Dr. Cho will provide you with ALL of the information you need to ensure you understand what to expect.
Some of the questions you should ask include:
• How many times will I need to come into your office for treatment?
• How long will my treatment be?
• What are my treatment options for my teeth?
• What will happen after my orthodontic treatment?
• How long do I need to wear the aligners or braces?
• How much will this orthodontic treatment cost me?
• Does your office offer any type of payment plans? Do you accept insurance?
• How can I take care of my teeth best when receiving treatment?
Your Orthodontic Treatment Options
Orthodontic treatment is versatile and beneficial for many patients, especially since you can choose the type of treatment you want. There are a number of options and the right one for you will depend on what problem you are trying to solve and also what type of device you want in your mouth. Below, we will explore some of the options offered here in our La Habra office.
Ceramic braces are a great idea for patients who like the idea of braces, but do not want the traditional ones. The ceramic braces match the color of your teeth, so no one will be able to see them, which allows you to straighten your teeth without the worry that someone will make a comment about them. Of course, this option will cost you a bit more than metal braces, but more patients think the price is worth it to them.
You can choose metal braces if you want a nicely priced treatment option and you are not worried about your self-esteem. Many adult patients do not want others to see that they have braces, so they simply opt in for other choices. Your treatment with metal braces can last up to three years in some cases.
Porcelain veneers are another option that will allow you to improve your smile without the use of braces or aligners. You can opt-in for this thin porcelain shell to be cemented onto your tooth. Veneers are wonderful for patients who want to fill in gaps, cover stains, and even hide broken or cracked teeth.
Clear aligners allow you to skip the braces altogether and they provide you with a much more comfortable option for orthodontic treatment. In fact, no one will be able to see the clear aligners and you will graduate to new aligners every two weeks until treatment is completed. Most patients can finish treatment in as little as six months to a year.
The most popular clear aligner option is Invisalign. The reason behind the popularity is because you can remove the aligners as needed to eat, drink, and brush. Braces do not allow you to remove them and can make them quite inconvenient at times.
Schedule Your Orthodontic Treatment with Dr. Cho Today
If you would like to discuss your orthodontic treatment options with Dr. Cho, now is the time to contact our office and schedule an appointment with us. Dr. Cho will provide you with an initial assessment in which he will explain the recommended treatments.
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