Orthodontics is not just for children and teens. In fact, 1 in every 5 patients in orthodontic treatment is an adult. No one is too old to attain a beautiful smile.

Some adults had orthodontic problems as children but were unable to correct them until now. Others, who had treatment as children, may need further treatment as adults due to relapse or limitations in initial treatment.

Starting treatment is easy! O’Gara-Gilbert Orthodontics offers a complimentary initial exam and consultation including records, photos, x-rays, and treatment plan.

Dr. O’Gara and Dr. Gilbert have treated individuals in their 50’s and beyond!

Benefits of Treatment

Adults can benefit from orthodontic treatment in many ways.

  • Align the teeth to create a more aesthetic and beautiful smile
  • Correct relapse after previous orthodontic treatment due to lack of long term retainer wear
  • Improve the ability to brush and floss, especially for crowded or overlapping lower front teeth
  • Establish a more comfortable bite and ability to chew

  • Address missing teeth
  • Close spaces between the teeth
  • Reduce excessive wear on the teeth due to grinding or poor bite
  • Jaw surgery to correct a discrepancy between the upper and lower jaws.

Appearance of Braces

Many adults are concerned with the appearance of braces. Often, Invisalign® (The invisible alternative to braces) can be used to treat adults. This technology involves clear removable aligners, fabricated through advanced 3D imaging to align the teeth. For more severe problems, we have the option of clear ceramic brackets instead of metal.

Soreness/Discomfort

Typically, the teeth are most uncomfortable 12-24 hours after an orthodontic adjustment and will disappear within 3 to 5 days. If necessary, over-the-counter pain medications can ease your discomfort. Updated appliances are smaller and more comfortable to wear. Modern techniques, with the new titanium technology, put less pressure on the teeth while moving the teeth more rapidly and efficiently, decreasing the time required for adjustments to every 8 – 10 weeks.

Investment

The investment for adult orthodontic treatment is determined by your customized treatment plan. It is based on the severity of the problem, the complexity of the correction, the appliances used, and the length of time to correct.

With a highly trained, professional staff

We will develop a treatment plan to achieve your dream smile

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