Crooked or misaligned teeth impact the wellbeing and self-esteem of many people. This is just as true for adults as it is for teens, but there are different treatment considerations for both groups.
Adults tend to focus much more on the esthetic (appearance) aspects of orthodontic treatment. They tend to be highly invested in getting straight, attractive teeth but they’re less willing to invest in long-term treatment. They’re also more concerned about the impact of visible braces on their social and occupational lives. Essentially, they demand the best possible treatment results in a short time frame.
Adults also differ from teens in that adult jaws have quit growing. In contrast, teens’ jaws can continue to grow into early adulthood. Orthodontic treatment for adults has to take into consideration a number of mechanical factors in giving them the smile they want. That means additional dental subspecialties may come into play.
Trust Family Dental of Spokane Valley For All Your Orthodontic Needs
At Family Dental of Spokane Valley in Spokane Valley, WA, Dr. Craig Ellsworth provides orthodontic treatment for adults and teens. He’s highly trained in orthodontics and is proud to offer both traditional braces and clear aligners to the community.
Teens and adults alike will find everything they need under one roof at our practice. There’s no need to run from office to office, dealing with different staff, different bills, and different schedules.
Every orthodontic patient’s situation is different. Dr. Ellsworth is highly skilled at determining the best orthodontic treatment approach for each patient. There are some conditions that are best treated with traditional braces – brackets on the teeth and connecting wires. However, today’s braces can be far less obvious than the “mouthful of metal” that people usually think of.
Even modern braces come with some challenges, though. Discomfort, pain, and even occasional bleeding in the mouth can result. Traditional braces can be difficult to clean around as well. However, in some cases, there’s no alternative that will address the person’s needs.
Invisalign and ClearCorrect
Clear aligners have revolutionized orthodontic treatment for many people. The customized clear aligners fit snugly over the teeth and are nearly undetectable when in place. Clear aligners are typically worn for at least 22 hours a day for best results. They are secure during sleep so you needn’t worry about them coming off unexpectedly.
You remove clear aligners to eat, drink, and brush and floss your teeth. There’s no problem maintaining your oral hygiene.
Clear aligners are being used to treat a wider array of orthodontic conditions. Dr. Ellsworth will perform an examination and determine whether clear aligners are an option for you.
Six Month Smiles
Similar in design to traditional braces, Six Month Smiles uses brackets and wires that are tooth-colored and far less obvious. Six Month Smiles also uses gentler pressure on the teeth. The course of treatment is generally shorter – about six months in most cases. Dr. Ellsworth can tell you whether Six Month Smiles are a good treatment option for you.
If you want straight, attractive teeth trusted Spokane Valley, WA dentist Dr. Craig Ellsworth can determine the best treatment options for you. Call us at 509-565-8854 or use our online form schedule an appointment.