While conventional wisdom leads many people to believe that only a small portion of adults receive orthodontic treatment, this is simply not the case. According to the American Association of Orthodontists, 20% of orthodontic patients are over the age of 21. Many adults decide to undergo orthodontic treatment because they understand the professional and personal importance of proper oral healthy and a radiant smile.
Interested in undergoing adult orthodontic treatment? We can help! Redmond Orthodontics is proud to provide patients of all ages with the orthodontic care they need to have a healthy, beautiful smile. Contact us today to schedule a consultation appointment, and take the first step towards your new smile.
When do Adults Seek out Orthodontic Treatment?
Adults pursue orthodontic treatment for a wide variety of reasons. A bad bite, also known as a malocclusion, can cause the teeth to fit together incorrectly. Teeth that are spaced too far apart or crowded too close together can also force adults to consider orthodontic treatment. These orthodontic problems may have been present all throughout the patient’s life, or be the result of an incomplete orthodontic treatment received as a teen.
In adulthood, the health consequences of these orthodontic imperfections become more pressing. Because food and other debris can collect in the spaces between the teeth, individuals with imperfect smiles are more likely to experience tooth decay or develop gum disease. An improper bite can also increase a person’s chance of suffering from these conditions, along with abnormal pain or pressure in the mouth. Orthodontic treatment gives you the chance to treat yourself to a more beautiful smile and healthier mouth.
Am I a Candidate for Adult Orthodontic Treatment?
Nearly any adult interested in achieving a healthier, straighter smile while improving their overall oral health is a candidate for orthodontic treatment. Before beginning treatment, patients must first schedule a consultation appointment with Dr. Danilee K. Baldwin. During this consultation appointment, Dr. Baldwin will thoroughly examine your mouth and bite, collecting information about the structure of your jaw and the arrangement of your teeth. Using this information, she will devise a comprehensive orthodontic treatment that works for you. This treatment may include Invisalign®, braces, and other orthodontic appliances that will gradually guide your jaw and teeth into their proper positions.
Interested in learning more about adult orthodontic treatment at Redmond Orthodontics? Contact us today to schedule a consultation appointment at our Redmond, Washington office. We look forward to hearing from you, and helping you achieve your best smile!