All About Adult Orthodontic Treatment 

Are adults good candidates for orthodontic treatment? At Chamberlain Family Orthodontics, this is one of the most common questions patients ask, and the answer is a resounding yes! Whether you’re a bride-to-be, a working professional, or a busy parent looking for a confidence boost, getting orthodontic treatment is well within your reach, and we’re here to help. Keep reading to learn all about adult orthodontic treatment and how Dr. Chamberlain can help you get the smile of your dreams at any age. 

Myths About Adult Orthodontics

In the world of orthodontics, there are many myths about treatment, especially when it comes to orthodontics for adults. Fortunately, Dr. Chamberlain is here to set the record straight. 

Myth #1: Only Children and Teens Can Get Treatment

Perhaps the most common misconception about orthodontic treatment is that it is only available for kids and teens. Although popular media tends to reflect this myth, the American Association of Orthodontists reports that 1 in every 4 orthodontic patients is over the age of 18 – 25% overall! Many adults seek retreatment after neglecting to wear their retainers in their younger years, but many still choose to get their first round of treatment as an adult for other reasons. Whatever your motivation, it’s never too late to get the straight smile of your dreams. 

Myth #2: Braces Are My Only Option

Many adults are concerned that starting orthodontic treatment at a later age could make them feel self-conscious about the way braces look in front of their peers. Fortunately, metal braces aren’t the only option available to adults. In fact, Dr. Chamberlain recommends Invisalign clear aligners to most of our adult patients, offering a discreet path toward a straight smile without your coworkers, friends, or family knowing you’re going through treatment. 

Myth #3: Orthodontic Treatment Is Harder for Adults

While it may be true that the teen years are an advantageous developmental phase for seeking orthodontic treatment, modern technology has made it more than possible to straighten adult smiles. But because the teeth and jaws have finished growing and bone metabolism is less favorable, treatment may take slightly longer for adults than for teens. However, your results will still prove as effective as they are for kids and teenagers.

Myth #4: You Have to Get Comprehensive Treatment

Some Chamberlain Family Orthodontics patients voice concerns about the length of their overall treatment plan. Some don’t wish to get full treatment for functional problems (like overbites or crossbites) and would rather focus their treatment on the aesthetics of straight front teeth. Dr. Chamberlain offers targeted clear aligner treatment plans that make it possible, more affordable, and quicker for patients to achieve their treatment goals without undergoing comprehensive treatment.

All About Adult Orthodontic Treatment

Benefits of Invisalign for Adults

The Chamberlain Family Orthodontics team offers a wide range of treatment options for patients of all ages, but Dr. Chamberlain recommends Invisalign for the majority of our adult patients. There are many reasons for this, from comfort to scheduling, so here’s why Invisalign is the right move for adults like you. 

Increased Comfort

Your Invisalign clear aligners are molded to fit the unique contours of your smile, making them a highly comfortable appliance type. Without the bulky brackets and wires that might poke your cheeks and tongue, these trays make treatment much more enjoyable. 

Dietary Freedom

Because Invisalign clear aligner trays are removable, you don’t have to worry about changing your diet during the treatment process to protect your appliances like you would with braces. Simply pop the trays out when eating and pop them back in when you’re done, and you can enjoy a restriction-free diet throughout treatment. 

Precision Technology

At your initial Invisalign consultation, we’ll start by taking a 3D scan of your smile using our iTero digital scanner. These scans mean we can get more accurate impressions than ever, helping us create custom aligner trays that fit your unique smile contour to a tee. They also allow us to show you a simulation of your treatment plan and how Dr. Chamberlain can align your smile tray by tray, giving you peace of mind before you start treatment. 

Flexible Scheduling

Invisalign treatment is an excellent option for busy adults looking to reduce the demands of their day-to-day lives, even while getting the straight smile they’ve always wanted. Invisalign requires fewer appointments than traditional braces, making it easier for adult Invisalign patients to continue treatment while balancing other responsibilities. 

Discreet Treatment

Unlike traditional metal braces, Invisalign offers a nearly invisible treatment solution without flashy brackets and wires. This gives our adult Invisalign patients the comfort of knowing they’re on the path to a straight smile without feeling self-conscious in front of their peers. 

Improved Oral Hygiene

Because Invisalign clear aligners are a removable treatment option, they make your teeth easier to clean, which significantly reduces your risk of developing white spots, cavities, and gum disease during treatment. Additionally, adult Invisalign patients find it easier to keep their teeth clean and cavity-free once treatment is complete, as straight smiles are less likely to provide hiding places for bad bacteria. 

All About Adult Orthodontic Treatment

Find Out If You’re a Candidate for Adult Invisalign 

Remember: It’s never too late to get the straight smile of your dreams! If you’re wondering whether you’re a good candidate for adult treatment, schedule a free consultation with our team in Beaumont or Redlands. We can’t wait to make you smile!