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Adult Treatment

At FMY Orthodontics, we cater to adult patients.  We have a separate, Adult Orthodontic Clinic in our Jackson office for a more professional environment. Our doctors and staff will do our best to see you at or before your scheduled appointment time so you can get back to work or family. We use only the latest treatment  techniques in order to minimize the time you spend in braces.  In fact, many adult orthodontic problems can be solved with a series of clear retainers called the Invisalign System™.  Please read on for answers to our most commonly asked questions, or contact us to schedule a FREE comprehensive examination at your earliest convenience.  Click HERE if you'd like to see some before and after records of our previous patients.

 

Is there an age limit for braces?

Orthodontic treatment can be successful at any age.  In fact, more than 25% of orthodontic patients today are adults.  The biological process involved in tooth movement is the same in adults and children.  The health of an individual's teeth, gums, and supporting bone is what is most important in determining the prospects for improving an adult's smile and dental health.

Can I get invisible braces?

Yes.  In fact, most adults opt for ceramic appliances (clear braces) because they are less noticeable than traditional (metal) appliances.  We offer state of the art ceramic braces that do not discolor or break, and function just as well as their metal counterparts.  However, if the thought of wearing any type of braces is holding you back from the smile you've always wanted, then we have good news for you.  Introducing Invisalign™, a state-of-the-art alternative to braces that is virtually undetectable to other people.  Invisalign™ straightens your teeth, not with brackets and wires, but with a series of clear, customized, removable appliances called aligners.  

Will treatment take longer because I'm an adult?

In general, treatment time is dependent on the severity of the problem, patient cooperation, and jaw growth.  Adult treatment may take slightly longer since adults have no jaw growth left to aid in bite correction.  However, most adults are very cooperative in not breaking their appliances, maintaining good oral hygiene, and wearing auxiliaries (e.g. rubber bands) as prescribed.  This compliance can negate most of the increased treatment time.  A comprehensive examination will allow us to estimate the time it will take to get you a healthy bite and perfect smile.


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