Your teeth will be with you all your life, so you should be able to smile confidently!
Straight, well-aligned teeth are easier to clean and maintain. Good alignment can help you avoid such problems as abnormal wear of tooth surfaces, difficulty in chewing and/or speaking, and excess stress on supporting bone and gum tissue. Not only do well-aligned teeth look good, they are good for you too!
Common Adult Orthodontic Questions:
Is orthodontic treatment effective for adults?
Yes! Healthy teeth can be moved successfully at any age. Orthodontic treatment creates a better bite, making teeth fit better, and decreases the risk of future dental problems regardless of age.
Can I get an appliance that is less noticeable?
There are a variety of “appliances” (such as Invisalign and clear/ceramic brackets) used by our office. Ask us about treatment options that are appropriate for you. Our clear brackets are made out of a patented sapphire material, making it a “crystal-clear” option in your mouth.
Does orthodontic treatment hurt?
New techniques and materials today have made orthodontic treatment more comfortable than ever. Discomfort, if any, is short-lived and can be managed using over-the-counter (OTC) analgesics.
How often will I need to come in for appointments?
Usually once every six weeks during active treatment.
I’m missing some teeth. Can orthodontic treatment improve my bite?
Whether you are planning to replace missing teeth or not, you may benefit from a consultation with our office. If replacements for missing teeth are planned, orthodontics can help keep the necessary space open. If no replacements are planned, orthodontics may be able to stabilize your teeth so that shifting does not occur or is minimized. Dr. Shinmachi will work with your dentist or dental specialist to achieve the best result.
I’ve been treated for gum disease. Can I have orthodontic treatment?
Dr. Shinmachi will consult with your dentist and/or periodontist about the health of your gums. If you are a candidate for orthodontic treatment, you will continue regular visits with your dentist and/or periodontist. For many patients, proper tooth alignment can contribute to healthy gums.