The orthodontic experience should be fun and rewarding for patients of every age, and the SmileCrew Orthodontics team is passionate about helping our adult patients get the care they deserve. More adults than ever are seeking braces treatment because they understand that braces do much more than straighten teeth. This appliance builds confidence through improved aesthetics and improves the function of smiles by correcting oral health issues. We are proud to offer several types of braces for our adult patients to choose from so there is no barrier between them and the smile they’ve always wanted.
Why You May Need Orthodontic Treatment
It’s a common misconception that braces are for kids and teens when in reality, this treatment is designed to tackle orthodontic issues for patients of any age. Adults often suffer from bad bites, overcrowding, inappropriate spacing, crooked teeth, and more. Whether these issues intensified after previous treatment or were caused by an accident, it’s essential that patients seek care for these problems so they can enjoy the full function of their smile. With braces, we can reverse the effects of these orthodontic issues so you can have a healthier smile that lasts a lifetime.
Braces also help create beautiful smiles that help our patients feel more confident. We’ve seen how a new smile can change the demeanor of our patients, and we’re passionate about helping you achieve a smile that makes you proud to look in the mirror.
We want your orthodontic experience to be perfectly tailored to your unique needs and goals, so we’ve gone the extra mile to the services you need to reach your needs and goals. Some of the modern treatments we offer include:
- Traditional Metal Braces: Metal braces have been a patient favorite for generations because they consistently deliver beautiful results. If you’ve been looking for a classic treatment that has a long history of treating simple and complex orthodontic issues, this may be the perfect choice for you. We’ll place stainless steel brackets on your teeth and place a wire that connects them for this treatment. We’ll bind the wire to each bracket with customizable elastics or rubber bands. Whenever you come in for adjustments, we’ll tighten this wire to provide your teeth with more pressure to shift them into place for your perfect smile.
- Clear (Ceramic) Braces: Clear ceramic braces are an excellent option for our patients who like the results of traditional metal braces but want a more discreet appliance. These braces work very similarly to traditional braces, but instead of stainless steel brackets, we use ceramic ones that blend almost flawlessly with your natural smile. While these brackets may be more aesthetically pleasing than metal braces, the ceramic material is less durable, so it’s usually used for teens and adults who have cosmetic concerns.
- Self-ligating Braces: Self-ligating braces look similar to traditional metal braces, but they have a few key differences that set them apart from other appliances. Instead of using elastics, self-ligating braces use specialized clips that keep the archwire in place. These clips apply less pressure to your teeth, and you will enjoy fewer appointments since we don’t have to replace any elastics. You can also choose whether your self-ligating brackets are clear, ceramic, or stainless steel.
How Long Does It Take to Get Straight Teeth?
You have unique orthodontic needs and goals that need to be addressed through braces treatment. If you have more extensive oral health issues, we may want to take extra time to ensure your smile is perfect. Every patient’s timeline varies depending on their treatment needs, but most braces wearers get their appliance removed within one to two years.
How to Take Care of Your Braces?
It’s essential to maintain your excellent oral health throughout treatment so you can achieve your desired results as soon as possible. We know it can be challenging to keep your appliance clean, so we’ve developed a few rules of thumb to help you keep your teeth and appliance clean. The first thing you should do is take out any removable parts of your braces. This will make it easier to brush around your brackets and rinse away food debris and harmful bacteria. Additionally, we suggest you thread waxed floss under your wire to clean between each tooth.
We want your time in braces to be smooth as you progress toward the smile you’ve always wanted, and you must avoid certain foods to protect this goal. Hard, sticky, and chewy foods often pull wires off appliances and break brackets off teeth. While there are few true orthodontic emergencies, breaking your appliance is an unnecessary hassle that you can avoid by temporarily cutting these foods from your diet.