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Adult Orthodontics

Adult patients in Tucson, AZ are taking advantage of orthodontics

Maybe you did not have the opportunity for orthodontics when you were a kid, and now the idea of getting braces in your 40s or beyond sounds unrealistic. It isn’t. Swan Dental in Tucson, AZ offers terrific solutions for crooked teeth, designed especially for adult patients.

Benefits of adult braces

Orthodontics is an area of dentistry focused on straightening teeth. Obviously, that has a big impact on the appearance of your smile. It is important for self-esteem, and for acceptance in social and business settings. The advantages of straight teeth go far beyond an attractive smile, though.

Dental crowding, gaps between teeth, and other forms of misalignment can affect occlusion – the way upper and lower arches come together when you bite down. Malocclusion is often the source of:

  • TMJ problems
  • Headaches
  • Migraines
  • Premature dental wear
  • Chips and fractures

Crooked teeth are more prone to decay and gum disease. They can keep you from eating the foods you love and speaking clearly, too. Fortunately, straightening your teeth could be easier than you think.

Types of braces for adults

Conventional braces can still be the best choice for significant misalignment or bite problems. However, this technique has come a long way since the “metal mouths” you may remember from grade school. Today, clear plastic brackets have replaced the need for metal hardware in many cases. Wires are lighter weight and may be tooth colored. With more effective diagnostics and planning, treatment times are shorter.

Clear braces for adults have become very popular, as well. Invisible braces for adults are not really braces. Rather, treatment consists of a series of transparent plastic aligners. You wear a set for about two weeks before switching to the next pair. Aligners are barely noticeable, and they are removable. Simply take them out to eat normally, and for oral hygiene to keep your teeth sparkling clean.

At one time, clear aligners were considered only for cosmetic straightening. However, great advances have been made in the technology. Now, more complex cases can also be treated this way.

Are you in the Tucson, AZ area? Information about adult orthodontics is just a phone call away – Swan Dental at (520) 595-3655. Remember – you are never too old to benefit from a straight, comfortable, attractive smile.

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