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Adult Treatment

Adult Orthodontic Appliances At An Orthodontist Near Me

At Derek Damon Orthodontics, we're seeing more and more adult orthodontic patients these days, and it's not hard to understand why! Orthodontic appliances that are barely noticeable have been developed to give adults more discreet choices when it comes to orthodontic treatment. Due to this, many adults have realized that investing in a smile makeover later in life can have significant benefits socially, professionally and for the overall well-being of their mouth on a day-to-day basis.


What’s Are The Differences Between Adult Treatment and Adolescent Treatment?

Healthy teeth can be moved at any age, so there's no such thing as being too old for braces. However, orthodontic treatment for adults is different than orthodontic treatment for teens in two important respects: Firstly, the growth and development of the jaw is complete in adults, so changes in actual jaw structure can't be accomplished with orthodontic appliances in the way they can with a growing child.

Secondly, periodontal (gum) disease is more prevalent in adults than in children. While you are wearing orthodontic appliances, gentle forces will be applied to your teeth so they can move through the surrounding bone. Periodontal health plays a key role in all of this, because if the gum tissues are not healthy during orthodontics, bone loss can result and weaken the long-term prognosis of your teeth. So, any gum disease must be brought under control before orthodontic treatment begins. Additionally, to maintain your periodontal health while undergoing orthodontic treatment, you will need to make sure to have regular professional cleanings while maintaining good oral hygiene at home.

Damon Braces & Invisalign In Bellingham, WA

All orthodontic appliances for adults work essentially the same way: Employing light, constant force to move teeth into proper alignment. But, how we apply these forces can vary, as numerous innovations have become available in recent years. Less visible orthodontic appliances have been designed to blend more easily into an adult's personal and professional lifestyle, giving you the self-esteem you need to straighten your teeth around your coworkers, family and friends.

Types of adult orthodontic appliances include:

  • Damon Braces -

    Traditional Metal Braces.Damon braces use a unique type of bracket with "passive self-ligating" technology: the bracket doesn't use elastics to hold the archwire in place, allowing the wire to slide back and forth freely within the bracket. This increased freedom of movement minimizes friction and allows for more efficient tooth movement using much lighter forces, producing a treatment that's faster, more comfortable, and more convenient than traditional metal braces.

  • Damon Clear Braces -

    Clear Braces.Utilizing the same technology of Damon Braces, Damon Clear braces feature brackets and “doors” made of ceramic which blend in with your teeth, making them harder to notice. They're suitable in many situations, but they cost a little more and are also more fragile.  

  • Invisalign Clear Aligners -

    Clear Orthodontic Aligners.As an alternative to the fixed type of orthodontic appliances mentioned above, Invisalign clear aligners are completely removable. Invisalign is a series of clear plastic “trays” that are modeled to the exact shape of your bite. Each tray is part of a series of trays that move your teeth a little bit at a time until they are in the proper position. Your trays are designed with the help of specialized computer software that generates a virtual model of your teeth.

What To Expect After Adult Treatment At Derek Damon Orthodontics

Wearing a retainer after orthodontic treatment is crucial, no matter which type of appliance you choose and what age you happen to be. Teeth that are not held in place by a retainer long enough for new supporting bone to develop around them can drift back to their original positions, and that's certainly not something we - or you - want to see happen. We will make sure to instruct you on the ins and outs of the retention phase to keep your new, more beautiful smile intact for years to come.

Call Your Anacortes & Bellingham, WA Orthodontist Today For Adult Treatment!

Looking for a simple way to give yourself a boost of self-confidence as an adult? At Derek Damon Orthodontics in Anacortes and Bellingham, WA, our dental team is proud to offer a wide variety of adult orthodontic appliances that are both comfortable and discreet. Not only does a straight smile affect your self-esteem, but it can also help your entire mouth stay happy, healthy and clean on a daily basis. To find out more about what our adult orthodontic treatments can do for your smile, don’t hesitate to get in touch with one of our staff members today. Always remember, it’s never too late to attain the brilliant smile you deserve!

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