Adult OrthodonticsFresno, CA
Contrary to popular belief, adults can benefit from orthodontic care just as much as children can. Our team can help adults with a wide range of oral health issues b using orthodontics treatment. Adult orthodontics involves professional treatments that straighten teeth, alleviate jaw pain, treat sleep apnea, relieve pain from TMJ, and more.
Adult orthodontics is available at Mark Lowe D.D.S. Orthodontics in Fresno and the surrounding area. From the moment patients walk in the door, our team strives to help them receive the orthodontic treatment they need for a healthy and functional smile.
Call us at 559-467-1235 and schedule an appointment to find out which orthodontic treatment can help you.
Overview of Adult Orthodontics
While the focus of orthodontic treatment for children is typically on straightening teeth or aligning the jaw to help teeth grow in straight, adults can seek other services. Crooked teeth not only affect one's smile, but they are also more challenging to clean.
Crooked teeth create crevices and areas that a toothbrush cannot reach. The buildup of plaque can lead to infection and other issues. Fortunately, we can help with teeth straightening options besides just braces. We can also treat jaw pain and sleep apnea in adult patients, as well. Many view alignment issues as a cosmetic problem. While misaligned teeth impact the smile, that is only one issue. Misaligned teeth:
- Are more difficult to brush, increasing the risk of decay and gum disease
- Can put pressure on the jaw, causing TMJ
- Are prone to breaking
- Make it difficult to chew
A misaligned jaw can cause sleep apnea, TMJ, and other problems. Treatments fix the underlying issue so that the patient is free of symptoms. Since adults tend to be more responsible than children, they have access to more options outside of just braces.
Orthodontic Treatment Options
Adult patients have access to multiple types of treatment options, along with braces. While some adults may choose alternative options, braces are still an effective and reliable teeth straightening option. Various options for adult orthodontic treatment at Mark Lowe D.D.S. Orthodontics include:
- Oral Appliances
Adult patients who want a fixed appliance that stays on their teeth and does not require removal for cleaning can benefit from traditional metal braces. A tried and true treatment, braces gradually adjust the teeth into the correct position. Since the adult is more likely to follow the dietary restrictions, there is less of a chance of damaging the braces and prolonging the treatment.
Mark Lowe D.D.S. even offers clear braces as an alternative to metal braces. These will blend in with teeth, so the brackets are less noticeable.
Invisalign involves a series of customized clear aligner trays that are molded to the patient's teeth to shift them into the proper position over time. The patient will wear the aligner tray for at least 22 hours per day but can remove them when eating, playing sports, taking pictures, and more.
After a little over two weeks, the patient will swap the current aligner tray they are wearing for the next one in the series. Since the aligners are removable, the patient will need to keep track of them and ensure they brush their teeth after each meal.
Patients usually wear braces for 18-30 months. However, they can reduce the time with AcceleDent by close to 50%. AcceleDent is a handheld device that comes with a mouthguard. The mouthguard receives micro pulses of energy that accelerates the treatment.
We can go over this option with patients during a consultation to determine if it is the right treatment for the patient.
Oral Appliance Treatment
Patients struggling with jaw pain may benefit from TMJ treatment. The temporomandibular joint helps to control jaw movement. Any damage to this joint will cause pain and limit movement.
Oral appliance therapy can help to relieve pain with a customized mouthguard and splints. In some cases, oral appliances can help to treat sleep apnea.
Call Us Today
Whether you have misaligned teeth, TMJ, or sleep apnea, our team can help. Call us at 559-467-1235 to schedule a consultation to begin the path to the ideal and healthy smile you desire.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can braces be worn with dental restorations?
Many adults have dental restorations, such as crowns. Patients with dental crowns and other restorations can still get braces and clear aligners. Patients can also undergo sleep apnea or TMJ treatment.
Why is adult orthodontic treatment recommend before replacing missing teeth?
It is easier to restore teeth that are correctly aligned. After the orthodontist guides the teeth in place, patients can undergo complicated restorations.
How long will an adult orthodontic treatment take?
The duration of the treatment depends on various factors. The orthodontist must first examine the severity of the alignment issue. Most treatments take 18-30 months for alignment issues and three months or longer for TMJ problems.
Will there be any pain following treatment?
People might experience slight discomfort after getting fitted for braces or an oral appliance. The discomfort dissipates typically within a few days. We will ensure the patient does not feel pain during the treatment.
Will I need a retainer after adult orthodontic treatment?
After finishing orthodontic treatment, adults are required to wear fixed or removable retainers. Retainers keep the teeth in position, so they do not move. Patients usually need to wear retainers for six months.
Is a sleep study needed before starting oral appliance therapy for sleep apnea?
Patients who want to use an orthodontic appliance for sleep apnea must get a sleep study first. Patients should only receive this treatment if they have sleep apnea. The sleep study will determine if the patient has sleep apnea, along with the severity of the condition.
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