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    Why Straightening Your Teeth Is Still Important as an Adult

    Although many people straighten their teeth as teenagers, doing so as an adult is actually more common than you might think. In fact, the American Association of Orthodontists reports that one in four orthodontic patients is an adult. With many advances in technology in recent years, adults who are considering improving their smile have more options than ever before. Let’s explore what seeking orthodontic treatment as an adult can mean for you.

    Benefits

    Improving your appearance is one obvious benefit of orthodontic treatment. But, the truth is, there are multiple reasons to straighten your smile.

    Straighter teeth can:

    • Improve your oral health. Straighter teeth are easier to clean, which can help prevent cavities and gum disease.
    • Correct bite problems. Straighter teeth can relieve problems with speech, chewing and jaw pain associated with a misaligned bite.
    • Strengthen your self-confidence. As one study found, orthodontic treatment can significantly improve self-esteem and quality of life for adult patients.

    Types of Orthodontic Treatment

    These days, adults have more choices for improving their smile. Orthodontic treatment options include:

    • Clear aligners. Clear aligners are clear, plastic-like trays that are far less noticeable than traditional or ceramic braces. You can even remove them for social events. Clear aligners may not be appropriate for significant orthodontic problems. 
    • Clear ceramic braces. Ceramic braces feature brackets and wires that are made with clear or tooth-colored material. They are less noticeable than traditional metal braces but more noticeable than clear aligners.
    • Traditional metal braces. Traditional metal braces feature brackets and wires that are made with metallic silver material. While they are the most noticeable of all three choices, they do allow for color customizations of the rubber bands to give them a little more personality.

    You can read more about each of these options by visiting our services page. However, keep in mind that the type of treatment that’s right for you will depend on your individual needs. Your orthodontist will help you choose the best option for your smile.

    Easy Ways to Pay

    The first step in your smile journey is a free initial consultation, during which our team will walk you through the treatment options that best suit your needs. Once a plan is in place, the cost can vary depending on the type and length of treatment. However, there are several payment options to make it easier. For example:

    • Dental insurance. We accept all major insurance plans.
    • Financing. We offer in-office financing with 0% interest and low monthly payments for those who qualify. 
    • Digital payment options. We accept multiple forms of payment, from credit card to Apple Pay and Google Pay.
    • HSA and FSA. You can use your Health Savings Account (HSA) or Flexible Spending Account (FSA) toward your treatment.

    Ready to get started? If you’re an adult who is ready to take the first step toward a healthy, more beautiful smile, schedule a free consultation with us today.