Adult Treatment

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Adult Orthodontic Treatment

Many adults who are unhappy with the appearance of their smile often think that it’s too late for them to do anything to fix it, since they did not have braces as a child. The good news is that healthy teeth can be moved at any age with proper treatment, so there’s no such thing as being too old or it being too late to get braces and a new smile. 

At the orthodontic office of Dr. Roy Gonzalez, we provide orthodontic treatment for adults so that they get a beautiful, healthy smile for an overall improvement in their appearance and oral health. 

How Is Adult Orthodontic Treatment Different? 

When providing orthodontic treatment for adults, the technology and procedures used are the same compared to treatment for younger patients.  However, despite being the same approach, there are some differences in adult treatment compared to adolescent treatment. 

While children and teenagers wear braces, their teeth and jaw structure are still developing. Dr. Gonzalez can leverage this growth to move teeth more efficiently and create a more ideal jaw structure for a comfortable bite. For adults, the jaw has already been fully developed, so while the teeth can still be moved to achieve that ideal positioning, the actual jaw structure cannot be changed.

Second, it’s more common for adults to suffer from periodontal (gum) disease.  Having healthy gums is essential for your overall health. There have been some studies that have linked the inflammation in gum disease to heart disease. We of course want to ensure that any gum disease is brought under control before treatment begins. We recommend you continue your regular cleaning schedule while in treatment. Dr. Gonzalez will work closely with your dentist and will also consult with a gum specialist if it applies to your case. 

Types of Orthodontic Appliances

At Dr. Roy Gonzalez’s office, we offer a variety of treatment types to cater to the individual needs and preferences of our patients. The types of orthodontic appliances that we have available include:

Traditional Metal Braces — While they are traditional in the sense that they have been around much longer as a treatment method, metal braces have become more efficient and comfortable than ever before, and even have smaller brackets for a more aesthetically appealing look. 

Clear Braces — This treatment method replaces the metal brackets with ones that are clear and blend in with the natural coloration of your teeth.  The brackets can be made from ceramic, plastic, or a combination of both. While they are more visually appealing to many adults since they are more difficult to see, they are more fragile compared to metal braces.

Clear Aligners — Instead of using wires and brackets attached to your teeth, this method uses sets of clear plastic aligners.  These aligners or “trays” fit comfortably over your teeth, applying light pressure to gradually move them into their ideal places.  The aligners are also completely removable so you can eat whatever you want, as long as you brush and floss your teeth before putting the tray back in. 

Post-Treatment Retention

Wearing a retainer after orthodontic treatment is crucial, no matter which type of appliance you choose and what age you happen to be. Teeth that are not held in place by a retainer long enough for new supporting bone to develop around them can drift back to their original positions, and that's certainly not something we — or you — want to see happen. We will guide you on how to retain your new smile so that it continues to make you look and feel great for years to come. We offer different types of retainers to our patients. You will consult with Dr. Gonzalez to determine which one will best suit your needs. 

Contact Us For A Straighter Smile

If you’re interested in starting adult orthodontic treatment, contact us to schedule an appointment for your initial consultation. We’ll work with you to create a personalized treatment plan that meets your needs, and determine which treatment method would be best for you. If you have any questions about your first appointment or our adult orthodontic treatment, reach out to us by phone at (210) 344-9295 and a member of our staff will be happy to help you get the answers you need. We look forward to helping you achieve a healthier smile!