Many adults seek orthodontic care because they did not receive treatment as children, or their bite has changed due to an accident or injury. At Knoxville Orthodontics, we use orthodontic appliances like braces and clear aligners to correct misaligned teeth, gaps between the teeth, overbites, underbites, and other alignment issues that cause malocclusions.
After an evaluation with our orthodontist, they can recommend the type of orthodontic treatment that is best for you. Braces are a standard adult treatment because they quickly and efficiently straighten teeth. For patients with severe bite issues, orthodontic treatment may need to be combined with jaw surgery for optimal results. Our dentist can tell you more about your treatment options and ensure they meet your needs and goals.
Types of Adult Orthodontic Treatments
Traditional metal braces are the most common type of braces and involve attaching metal brackets to the teeth and connecting them with wires to shift the teeth into place gradually.
Ceramic braces are similar to traditional braces, but the brackets are tooth-colored or clear and, therefore, less noticeable.
These braces are placed on the back of the teeth, making them virtually invisible from the front. Lingual braces are custom-made for each patient.
Clear aligners are clear, removable trays that fit over the teeth and gradually shift them into place. Clear aligners are popular among adult patients because they are nearly invisible and can be easily removed for eating and oral hygiene.
The Benefits of Adult Orthodontic Treatment
Improved Oral Health
Orthodontic treatment corrects bite issues so that the teeth meet correctly and are less prone to damage. This improves overall dental health and reduces the risk of gum disease or tooth decay.
Many adults feel self-conscious about the appearance of their smile, particularly if they have misaligned front teeth or gaps. Straightening the teeth can improve self-esteem and boost self-confidence.
A Healthier Mouth
It is more difficult to brush and floss misaligned teeth and this, in turn, can lead to the development of cavities and periodontal disease. In addition, some bite problems can lead to jaw pain as the patient ages. Orthodontic treatment addresses the underlying causes of these problems to improve overall health and cosmetic appearance.
Improved Chewing Function
Some patients with misaligned teeth experience pain or discomfort when eating certain foods. Realignment of the teeth allows patients to eat more comfortably.
The choice of orthodontic treatment depends on several factors, including the severity of the malocclusion, the patient's budget, and their personal preferences. We recommend scheduling a consultation with our orthodontist to evaluate your needs and determine the best treatment option. Visit the best dentist in Knoxville, TN - Knoxville Orthodontics at one of our three convenient locations in Knoxville, Tennessee, or call (865) 522-7572 for the best dental care.