According to a survey conducted by the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO), the number of adults seeking orthodontic treatment reached an all-time high in recent years, and that number continues to grow today. It’s no surprise, really—with the latest in technological advances and variety of treatment options to choose from, addressing your orthodontic concerns as an adult has never been more convenient or discreet.
Below we’ll take a look at a few treatment options that are particularly favorable for adults, as well as some of the financing options we offer here at Vancouver Orthodontic Specialists, PLLC that make adult orthodontics affordable for just about everyone.
But first, a few reasons that adults seek orthodontic treatment and the many benefits thereof.
Benefits of Adult Orthodontic Treatment
- Increased confidence in social and professional settings
- Eliminate pain and pressure from misalignment of jaw or crooked teeth
- Improved dental, gum and overall health, resulting in reduced health care bills
- More efficient brushing and flossing
- Improve speech issues caused by crooked teeth
- Stop or prevent jaw bone loss caused by untreated issues
Adults find themselves needing orthodontic care for a variety of reasons: They may have had orthodontic issues all of their lives that remained untreated; or, they had braces as a child or teen, but lack of retainer wear caused the teeth to move back into their old positions over time. Gum disease or tooth decay may have caused the teeth to move, creating gaps or crowding, or the adult patient may be experiencing pain or pressure from jaw misalignment.
Generally speaking, the majority of adults who receive orthodontic treatment do so because they want a healthier mouth and want to feel more confident about their appearance. The good news is that orthodontic treatment is just as effective in adults as it is in children and teens and provides many benefits that will last the adult patient a lifetime.
Adult Treatment Options
The following is a brief overview of some of the most popular adult treatment options available today. Please note that not all technologies are designed for all orthodontic conditions, and there are other solutions available not listed here that may be more suited to your needs. Dr. Irwin will go over all of your treatment options with you in detail during your free consultation and help you choose that which will best fit your lifestyle, budget, and orthodontic goals.
Six Month Smiles®
Six Month Smiles® is a clear braces system that moves teeth quickly, safely and comfortably. What sets this system apart from other orthodontic treatment options is that it places more of an emphasis on moving the teeth that show when you smile and less on alignment of the bite. It is also typically less expensive than other treatments due to the shorter treatment time, making it a good choice for busy, budget-conscious adults who mainly just want to improve the appearance of their smile.
The Damon® System is popular with adults and younger patients alike because it is typically quicker, more convenient, and more comfortable than traditional braces. And in the case of Damon®Clear, they are also virtually invisible.
But what makes the Damon® System unique (and particularly attractive to adults) is that it not only straightens the teeth, but can improve the appearance of the entire face! The Damon System Bracelift™ often results in a fuller, wider smile, an improved profile, smoother cheek contours, and better facial balance.
Invisalign® first went to market in 1999 and still remains one of the most popular adult orthodontic treatment options today for its convenience and near invisibility. Invisalign® treatment involves using a series of clear plastic aligners to gently and safely move teeth into position. Because the aligners are removable, patients have the freedom to eat what they like and can brush and floss their teeth with ease. Invisalign® aligners are typically more comfortable than traditional braces and don’t require tightening, which means more time between office visits.
For more information on Invisalign®, please visit our Ultimate Invisalign® Guide.
The emotional and health benefits of receiving orthodontic treatment far outweigh and outlast the initial financial investment. Even so, we do whatever we can at Vancouver Orthodontic Specialists, PLLC to ensure that your healthy, beautiful smile is as affordable as possible, such as:
- Accept most insurances and many PPOs
- Affordable payment plans
- Military and union discounts
- Cash payment discounts
Additionally, we offer Care Credit, the nation’s leading healthcare credit card. We also accept payments online, making adult treatment with us not only affordable, but convenient as well.
“Got my braces on at 51 years old. They treated me like a queen. Great doctor, great assistants, great staff.”
The above quote is a recent Facebook review from one of the many fabulous adult patients Dr. Irwin has treated in the 17+ years he’s practiced orthodontics here in Vancouver, WA (learn more about Dr. Irwin here).
Dr. Irwin understands that the needs of the adult patient differ from those of the child or teen. As such, he will work with you to develop a customized treatment plan that caters to your personal orthodontic goals, lifestyle, and budget.