Adult Orthodontics in Longview WA
Wagner Orthodontics is ready for the challenge of helping you reach your perfect smile goal. Teeth play an important role in one’s life, both professionally and personally. Everyone desires to have a perfect smile. Oral problems may arise at different times of life that require this desire to take some work.
We have been asked whether there is an age limit for braces? There is no defined age limit for getting braces. Orthodontist recommend starting the process at an early age, such as between the ages of 10 – 14. The reason for this is that the head and mouth of adolescents are still growing and teeth are more conducive to straightening which shortens the braces duration and costs. There are, however, many people who get braces later in life.
The amount of time required for wearing braces depends on various factors such as severity of dental issues, the patients age, and type of treatment. The minimum time to wear braces is 18 months but can go up to 3 years. The severity of dental issue refers to the type of problem the patient is facing. These can include crooked teeth, crowded teeth or jaw misalignments. Age is one of the most crucial factors which decides the duration of braces. In other words, young patients (teens and children) tend to get results faster than adults because their jaws are still growing, making the teeth easier to manipulate.
Braces aren't just for Kids Anymore
Tooth alignment can be improved at any age if your gums and bone structure are healthy. We offer a variety of treatments that are designed for different age groups – including adults. A new smile can begin today.
Orthodontic treatment at later stages in life can dramatically improve your personal appearance and self-esteem. Improving the health of your teeth and gums is equally important. Crooked teeth and a bad bite can contribute to gum and bone loss, tooth decay, abnormal wear of the tooth enamel and surfaces, headaches and jaw joint (TMJ/TMD) pain.
Good news! The new techniques and appliances we use greatly reduce discomfort levels, decrease the frequency of visits, shorten treatment time and may allow you to choose from several options. Your options may include Traditional Braces or Clear nearly invisible braces. We also provide Invisalign clear aligners to move teeth.
During the initial examination, the doctor will determine the best possible treatment for your individual needs. During this initial examination, he will outline a treatment plan for you. Our treatment coordinator will provide scheduling options and discuss affordable payment methods.
A large percentage of our patients are adults, and they agree that it’s never too late to improve their greatest asset – their smile.
Get Your Adult Braces Today
Get that smile you’ve always wanted by visiting Wagner Orthodontics in Longview or Chehalis WA. We can provide beautiful results for any age. Our office provides the newest technologies and we offer one of the top Invisalign practices in the state of Washington. Our team will be happy to serve you.
Questions About Adult Braces
More and more adults are turning to braces, hoping to achieve the perfect smile and bite they have always dreamed about. Braces are a great option to straighten teeth, space out crowded teeth, and close gaps in your smile.
However, the outcome of your teeth heavily depends on how well you care for your braces during treatment. Before committing to tooth correction, it is a good idea to know exactly what you are getting into to be better prepared. Get answers below to frequently asked questions about braces and what is involved.
Frequently Asked Questions:
If you are a candidate for braces, your orthodontist will recommend an appliance specific to your dental needs. Options include bands, wires, and other fixed or removable corrective appliances. You may also have options for the latest technology such as Invisalign®.
Your teeth are no longer growing, which means you may have to wear braces for a longer period of time, as they will shift slowly. The average adult wears braces for 18 months to three years. Once your braces are removed, you may need to wear a retainer to maintain the results of your treatment.
Brush your teeth by using a regular soft toothbrush. Brush down from the top and then up from the bottom on each tooth; always brushing away from your gums. Use a gentle sawing motion to work the floss on each side of the two teeth the floss is between. Be careful not to pull with too much force around the archwire.
You may need to go in more frequently in the beginning so your orthodontist can adjust the braces and make sure you are taking good care of them. If your treatment is progressing well and you are properly caring for your teeth, your orthodontist might decide that you only need to come in every eight weeks. The frequency of visits varies for every individual case.
The cost of your treatment will vary depending on your specific dental requirements. Once we complete a new patient exam and create a treatment plan for you, you will meet with a treatment coordinator to discuss the costs and payment plans available to you. We will work with you to create a payment plan that is tailored to your needs and budget.