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Braces for Adults

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Braces for Adults

Orthodontic braces were historically associated with teenagers. Today, an increasing number of adults are choosing to wear braces to straighten their teeth and correct malocclusions (bad bites). In fact, it is now estimated that almost one third of all current orthodontic patients are adults.

Orthodontic braces are predictable, versatile and incredibly successful at realigning the teeth. Braces work in the same way regardless of the age of the patient, but the treatment time is greatly reduced in patients who are still experiencing jaw growth and have not been affected by gum disease. In short, an adult can experience the same beautiful end results as a teenager, but treatment often takes longer.

Can adults benefit from orthodontic braces?

Absolutely! Crooked or misaligned teeth look unsightly, which in many cases leads to poor self esteem and a lack of self confidence. Aside from poor aesthetics, improperly aligned teeth can also cause difficulties biting, chewing and articulating clearly. Generally speaking, orthodontists agree that straight teeth tend to be healthier teeth.

Straight teeth

offer a multitude of health and dental benefits including:

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    Reduction in general tooth decay
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    Decreased likelihood of developing periodontal disease
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    Decreased likelihood of tooth injury
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    Reduction in digestive disorders
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    Fortunately, orthodontic braces have been adapted and modified to make them more convenient for adults.
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    There are now a wide range of fixed and removable orthodontic devices available, depending on the precise classification of the malocclusion.

The most common types of malocclusion are underbite (lower teeth protrude further than upper teeth), overbite (upper teeth protrude further than lower teeth) and overcrowding, where there is insufficient space on the arches to accommodate the full complement of adult teeth.

Prior to recommending specific orthodontic treatment, the orthodontist will recommend treatment of any pre-existing dental conditions such as gum disease, excess plaque and tooth decay. Orthodontic braces can greatly exacerbate any or all of these conditions.

The following are some of the most popular orthodontic braces:


These braces are strong and tend not to stain the teeth. They are comprised of individual brackets which are cemented to each tooth and accompanied by an archwire which constantly asserts gentle pressure on the teeth. Traditional braces are generally metal but are also available in a clear synthetic material and “tooth colored” ceramic. The ceramic brackets are generally more comfortable than the metal alternative, but can become discolored by coffee, wine, smoking and certain foods.

How to Prepare for a Dental Crown Appointment

When you visit River Ranch Dental for a consultation about dental crowns, we will take x-rays of your mouth and teeth to determine if a crown is the best option. If we decide that a dental crown is the best solution, we will prepare your tooth for the crown. The preparation usually involves numbing the area and removing any damaged tooth material. Once we prepare the area, we will make an impression of your tooth to send to our dental lab. The lab will use the impression to create a model of your tooth that we use to make your permanent crown. Sometimes, a temporary crown can be placed over the tooth until your permanent crown is ready.

How to Take Care of Your New Dental Crown

Caring for your new dental crown is similar to caring for your natural teeth. Make sure to brush, floss daily, and visit River Ranch Dental regularly for checkups and cleanings. With proper care, your dental crown can last for many years.

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