Only a few decades ago, braces were worn primarily by children and teens. Today, we know that orthodontic treatment offers numerous benefits for patients of all ages. That is why millions of adults are straightening their teeth for a beautiful smile and optimal oral health. At Central Michigan Orthodontics, we offer adult treatment for those who would like to achieve a healthier smile for years to come. No matter what your personal goals, we are here to help.
Orthodontics: More than Just Appearance!
Oftentimes, when we think of braces, we think of straightening teeth. Orthodontic treatment can certainly create a beautiful smile – but it is so much more than that. When teeth are in alignment, all other oral elements work together harmoniously for optimal health and function. If your teeth are crowded, crooked, or misaligned, bacteria can become trapped in hard-to-reach areas. This can ultimately lead to tooth decay and gum disease. Straight teeth and a balanced bite make brushing a flossing a breeze, helping you maintain healthy teeth and gums for a lifetime of benefits.
Who is a Candidate for Adult Treatment?
Virtually anyone who is concerned about the health or aesthetics of their smile can qualify for orthodontic treatment. You must, however, be free from gum disease and tooth decay. Otherwise, bacteria and infection can compromise your progress. If any restorative work or gum treatments are required, they must be completed before you begin orthodontics.
Our adult patients have enjoyed tremendous success with orthodontic treatment. Braces can address a variety of dental issues, including:
- Overjet: This occurs when the upper front teeth protrude outward.
- Overbite: This condition is characterized by a “deep bite”. In severe cases, the lower teeth can actually touch the roof of the mouth. This occurs when the upper jaw is positioned too far forward.
- Underbite: When the lower jaw is positioned too far forward, the lower teeth sit outside the upper teeth, causing a “bulldog” appearance.
- Crossbite: In a typical bite, the upper teeth rest slightly outside of the lower teeth. If you have a cross bite, the lower teeth will be positioned outside the
- upper teeth. This can occur in any area of the mouth.
- Open bite: This condition occurs when there is a space left between the upper front teeth and the lower front teeth when in a closed position.
If you notice any of the above conditions, Dr. Riley can design a fully personalized treatment plan for you. No matter what your goals, we can help you find a solution to fit your needs and budget.