What Treatments Are Available for Adult Orthodontic Patients?

At Mahlmann & Borders Orthodontics, we understand that a beautiful smile knows no age limit. Many adults are discovering the benefits of orthodontic treatment, not just for aesthetics but for overall oral health. Our team is here to share exciting options for adult patients seeking to enhance their smiles. Read on to learn about the treatments we offer, the unique considerations for adult orthodontics, and how you can begin your adventure to a healthier, more confident smile today.

What Does Mahlmann and Borders Orthodontics Offer for Adult Orthodontic Treatment?

As leaders in orthodontic care, Dr. Mahlmann and Dr. Borders provide a range of treatments tailored to meet the unique needs of adult patients. Our practice focuses on three primary options: metal braces, clear braces, and clear aligners. Each of these treatments offers distinct advantages, and our team will work closely with you to determine the best approach for your specific case.

Metal Braces

Metal braces remain a popular and highly effective option for adults. Today’s metal braces are more comfortable and less noticeable than ever before. Here’s what you need to know:

  • Composition: Made of high-grade stainless steel
  • Effectiveness: Excellent for treating complex alignment issues
  • Durability: Highly resistant to damage
  • Cost: Often, the most affordable option
  • Treatment time: Varies by case, but typically 18-24 months

Metal braces work by applying constant, gentle pressure to gradually move teeth into their desired positions. Regular adjustments by our experienced orthodontists ensure your treatment progresses efficiently.

Clear Braces

For adults concerned about the appearance of metal braces, clear braces offer a more discreet alternative without compromising on effectiveness. Key features include:

  • Material: Tooth-colored ceramic brackets
  • Aesthetics: Less noticeable than metal braces
  • Effectiveness: Comparable to metal braces in most cases
  • Considerations: Slightly more prone to staining, requiring diligent care
  • Treatment time: Similar to metal braces, typically 18-24 months

Clear braces function similarly to metal braces but blend more seamlessly with your natural tooth color, making them an excellent choice for image-conscious adults.

Clear Aligners

Clear aligners, such as Invisalign and 3M Clarity, have revolutionized adult orthodontics. These custom-made, removable trays offer a nearly invisible treatment option. Here’s what sets them apart:

  • Design: Custom-fitted, clear plastic aligners
  • Convenience: Removable for eating, drinking, and oral hygiene
  • Comfort: No wires or brackets
  • Aesthetics: Nearly invisible when worn
  • Treatment time: Often shorter than braces, typically 12-18 months for most cases

Clear aligners use a series of trays that gradually shift your teeth. You’ll change to a new set of aligners every 1-2 weeks, as Dr. Mahlmann or Dr. Borders directed.

What Treatments Are Available for Adult Orthodontic Patients?

Why Consider Adult Orthodontic Treatment?

Many adults hesitate to pursue orthodontic treatment, believing they’ve missed their opportunity. However, there are numerous compelling reasons to consider treatment at any age:

  • Improved Oral Health: Straight teeth are easier to clean, reducing the risk of decay and gum disease.
  • Better Bite Function: Correcting misalignments can alleviate jaw pain and improve chewing efficiency.
  • Enhanced Confidence: A beautifully aligned smile can boost self-esteem in personal and professional settings.
  • Prevention of Future Issues: Addressing orthodontic problems can prevent more serious complications later in life.

Unique Considerations for Adult Orthodontic Patients

While the fundamental principles of orthodontics remain the same regardless of age, adult patients do have some unique considerations:

  • Bone Density: Adult bones are denser and no longer growing, which can mean slightly longer treatment times.
  • Existing Dental Work: Crowns, bridges, or missing teeth may require special planning in orthodontic treatment.
  • Gum Health: Adults are more prone to gum disease, making oral hygiene during treatment crucial.
  • Time Constraints: Work and family obligations may influence treatment choice and appointment scheduling.

Our team at Mahlmann & Borders Orthodontics is experienced in addressing these adult-specific concerns and will tailor your treatment plan accordingly.

The Adult Orthodontic Treatment Process

When you choose Mahlmann & Borders Orthodontics for your adult orthodontic care, you can expect a thorough and personalized approach:

  • Initial Consultation: We’ll conduct a comprehensive examination, including X-rays and digital imaging, to assess your oral health and orthodontic needs.
  • Treatment Planning: Based on our findings and your preferences, we’ll create a customized treatment plan.
  • Financial Discussion: Our team will review treatment costs and discuss payment options to ensure your care fits your budget.
  • Treatment Implementation: Whether you choose braces or aligners, we’ll guide you through every step of the process.
  • Regular Check-ups: Periodic appointments allow us to monitor your progress and make any necessary adjustments.
  • Post-Treatment Care: We’ll provide retainers and follow-up care to maintain your new smile after active treatment.

Maintaining Your New Smile

The journey doesn’t end when your braces come off or you finish your last aligner. Retention is crucial for maintaining your results. We’ll provide you with a customized retention plan, which may include:

  • Removable retainers are to be worn as directed
  • Permanent retainers bonded to the back of your teeth
  • Periodic check-ups to ensure your teeth remain in their new positions

What Treatments Are Available for Adult Orthodontic Patients?

Let’s Achieve Your New Smile

It’s never too late to achieve the smile you’ve always wanted. At Mahlmann & Borders Orthodontics, we’re committed to providing exceptional care tailored to the unique needs of adult patients. Our range of treatment options ensures that we can find the perfect solution for your orthodontic needs, lifestyle, and goals.

Ready to explore your options? Schedule your free consultation at our Richmond practice today. Dr. Mahlmann, Dr. Borders, and our experienced team are excited to help you embark on your journey to a more confident smile. We proudly serve Richmond and the surrounding communities and look forward to welcoming you to our practice family!