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Adults Orthodontics Are More than Just a Trend

By Pamela Li, in News, on April 15, 2013 | Comments (0)

Ottawa Emergency Dentist Provides Orthodontic TreatmentVancouver, British Columbia – More and more adults throughout the world, including in Ottawa, are turning to their dentist for braces, and not just relying on them for standard cleanings and emergency dentistry in Ottawa. From the red carpet to your neighbor next door, braces have become the latest fashion accessory, and with new advances, you might not even realize your friends are wearing braces.

“When people picture someone with braces, they generally think of an adolescent with a mouth full of metal,” says Dr. Pamela Li, an Ottawa cosmetic dentist “But today that stereotype is being thrown out as more adults are realizing the benefits of having a straighter smile. And because technology has advanced so much, there are numerous options for patients to choose from to straighten their teeth discretely.”

Straight teeth are about so much more than just an ideal smile. While many patients might turn to braces to boost their self-esteem, a straighter smile might just save them time in a dentist’s chair later in life. Malocclusions such as overbites and underbites that go unfixed can lead to serious issues. Chewing problems, abnormal tooth wear, tooth loss, gum disease and sometimes even TMJ disorder can result from malocclusions that go unchecked.

Patients who didn’t receive treatment during their adolescent years are now flocking to the dentist’s office because of the amazing advances we’ve seen in cosmetic dentistry in recent years. No longer do adults have to be embarrassed by their smiles, but too embarrassed to fix them because of the thought of wearing metal braces that might be unsightly.

“Patients have more options than ever before to choose from,” says Dr. Li, who offers dental implants in Ottawa, dentures and porcelain veneers. “Teeth straightening options today are more comfortable and more discrete, and in some cases, even faster than standard metal braces. That means patients can get the smile they’ve always wanted much quicker and in a more aesthetically pleasing way.”

Professional adults love invisalign braces because of its comfortable, removable and invisible aligners. And now with its new SmartTrack aligners, Invisalign has gotten even better for patients. Patients wear a comfortable aligner for two weeks at a time over the course of their treatment. SmartTrack Aligners are even more comfortable and fit to the teeth even better than previous aligners did. Patients love that the aligners are invisible, giving them the discreteness they desire, and that they are removable, allowing them to eat and drink as usual and maintain their standard oral care regimen.

More dentists and orthodontists are also using lingual and self-ligating braces. Lingual braces fit onto the tongue side of teeth, which makes them invisible to the naked eye. They work well for musicians, especially those playing wind instruments, and athletes who play contact sports. Self-ligating braces have a lower profile than standard metal braces because they don’t use metal or elastic ties. They also work more efficiently to move teeth, so patients can sometimes shave months off their treatment times.

Ceramic braces blend right in with a patient’s teeth, so their friends and colleagues won’t even notice them.

When choosing to correct their smile, it’s important for patients to work closely with their dentist or orthodontist to create a proper treatment plan with realistic goals. Not all of the options described are appropriate for each patient, and some patients may require additional work before treatment can begin. Patients who have experienced bone loss, tooth breakdown or who have small jaws may require additional periodontal work, and in some cases even jaw surgery to achieve their desired results. No matter what option you choose, there’s no need to live with a less than perfect smile. Schedule a consultation with your dentist or orthodontist today to learn which treatment is best for you.

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