Dr. John Foley believes that everyone in Cary and the surrounding areas should have the opportunity to get quality orthodontic care and a beautiful smile. That’s why we proudly offer a full range of orthodontic care for children, teens, and adults at Foley Orthodontics.
Orthodontic treatment isn’t just for children and teens. In fact, one out of every five Foley Orthodontics patients is over 21. You’re never too old to benefit from orthodontic treatment. Here are some reasons adults should consider Orthodontic treatment from braces.
How Do I Know If I Need Braces?
Your smile impacts your self-esteem, confidence, and how people perceive you. Braces can give you a personal transformation that can leave you feeling more like yourself and leave a better first impression on everyone you meet. Your smile is a visual first impression, and we believe that everyone at any age should feel good about themselves.
Braces also provide many other health benefits. Common health problems such as headaches, jaw pain, digestion and sleep issues can be avoided by getting braces. Straighter teeth can also make cleaning easier, with less room for plaque and bacteria to grow inside. This decreases your risk of cavities, tooth decay, and gum disease. It can also give you more access to your gum line, which makes flossing much easier. If you are considering updating your look or notice an increase in some of the problems listed, braces might be right for you.
How Much Do Braces Cost?
Getting braces as an adult can be cost-efficient in terms of both treatment and maintenance. All the expensive dentist visits that keep your smile in shape can be decreased with the benefits of braces. They also help prevent problems that could come up if misaligned teeth aren’t addressed.
Braces can help you fight cavities, reduce your risk of gum disease, avoid expensive dental procedures like tooth extractions, and leave no room for the chance of prosthetics in the future. Specific orthodontic issues like jaw misalignment can wear down your teeth, which can leave your teeth chipped, cracked, or even gone altogether, which can be costly for you in the long run.
What Are The Treatment Options?
Technology is constantly pushing the industry to create faster, more efficient treatments. This makes getting and maintaining your braces a little easier as an adult. With the help of your orthodontist, you can navigate your treatment process the way you want and ensure your smile turns out the way you want.
In addition, the options for treatment are constantly changing and expanding with shifts in technology and treatment processes. we offer the latest practices, including:
Traditional metal braces are a classic treatment option for getting a beautiful smile. Metal braces are bridged together using metal brackets and arches to help straighten your teeth over time. They are typically made of stainless steel and nickel, making the brackets very durable.
Traditional metal braces are a great way to an even better smile. Traditional metal braces are a great way to get an even better smile. They’re an effective option for treating many orthodontic issues and can close gaps. They also align the teeth relatively quickly. Remember, the treatment and care of your braces are essential. Your diet, hygiene routine, and check-ins all factor in the effectiveness of your treatment. Metal braces also help teach proper oral care.
Like metal braces, clear braces use brackets and wires to help straighten teeth. They are made of ceramic material and are also set with brackets. Clear braces are a popular choice for those who want to blend in during treatment.
The main benefit of getting clear braces is that they are easy to disguise. With the slightly smaller frame, clear braces are designed to blend in with your teeth for a more natural look.
However, it’s important to note that clear braces are more fragile than traditional metal braces. They can also discolor from things like juice or coffee between visits, so it’s important to be careful when choosing clear braces for treatment.
Clear aligners use a series of invisible aligners to help straighten your teeth. They are typically removable and are designed to fit comfortably on your teeth as they work to enhance your smile.
Clear aligners are a great option for patients who had braces when they were younger and just need a touch-up. They also work well for patients who have mild to moderate dental problems. While clear aligners are a great alternative to braces, there are a few things to note when using aligners to ensure the most effective treatment possible.
Clear aligners don’t require any metal, making them easy to apply and use during treatment. As you progress in the teeth-straightening process, the aligners will slowly shift your teeth into place. Each tray is made to slightly shift your teeth until they are perfectly aligned into a new and improved smile.
How Long Should I Wear Braces?
It’s important to remember that everyone’s orthodontic experience is unique. With that said, there is a general rule that factors into determining treatment length. Generally, patients should expect to wear their braces for about 24 months. Depending on your unique needs, patients with more complicated cases can have longer treatment times. For example, a patient with minor spacing issues wouldn’t need to be in braces as long as a patient with significant alignment issues. Something to remember, the goal is to get your treatment done the right way, so no matter how long the wait, the path to a brighter smile is worth it.
Rediscover Your Smile With Foley Orthodontics
Dr. John Foley and our Foley Orthodontics team believe you deserve a beautiful smile, no matter what your age is. We’re a family-owned practice, so your family will enjoy comfortable and state-of-the-art treatment personalized just for you. If you or someone you know is considering orthodontic treatment, please give us a call. Our office in Cary, NC, is ready to get you started on your smile journey!