Orthodontic treatment involves the shifting of teeth and jawbones into proper alignment. Because the physiological process is the same for every patient, orthodontics can benefit anyone at any age.
According to the American Association of Orthodontics (AAO), nearly 25% of all orthodontic patients today are adults and for a variety of reasons. A healthy, properly aligned smile is more than just beautiful—it’s essential to your health. Teeth that are too crowded, overlapping, or crooked can be difficult to clean, increasing the risk of tooth decay and gum disease. Improper alignment, or malocclusion, can impact chewing, swallowing, biting, speech, and breathing. It can also put excessive strain and stress on the jaw muscles, leading to facial pain and teeth grinding, and on certain teeth, causing cracked, fractured, or broken teeth.
Because adult teeth and facial bones have stopped growing and have greater bone density, orthodontic treatment may take slightly longer to complete. (The average adult treatment time is approximately two years.) Treatment may also be determined by extenuating conditions of the teeth, such as missing teeth, fillings, gum disease, and misshapen or worn teeth.
While your dentist is trained to recognize irregularities and can be a good resource for recommending or referring orthodontic treatment, treatment is best left to AAO-certified orthodontists. They have the requisite training and experience to safely and effectively apply orthodontic treatment, ensuring you have a healthy, beautiful smile that lasts a lifetime.
Dental Depot DFW provides comprehensive dental care—including orthodontics—for children and adults. Because our experienced staff includes oral surgeons, prosthodontists, and AAO-certified orthodontists, we can meet all of your dental needs at one convenient location, from routine cleanings and checkups to orthodontic consultations and treatment. With Saturday appointments and flexible scheduling, we make it easy for you to get the care you deserve. To make an appointment at any one of our 4 DFW area locations, or to find the office nearest you, visit the Dental Depot DFW locations page.