What to Know as an Adult Considering Orthodontic Care

adult treatment richmond vaAt Gardner Orthodontics, 20 percent of our patients are adults. Many adults are currently consulting orthodontists to correct imperfections that may have bothered them for a while or become a detriment to their oral health as they age. Fortunately, adult options for discreet orthodontic treatment have expanded dramatically since they were teenagers!

Why Adults Need Orthodontic Care

Sometimes adults end up needing a little correction and braces may be necessary. Although many people get orthodontic care as teenagers, there are a variety of reasons that as children we may have missed it, including:

  • Inability to afford treatment until later in life.
  • Hesitation about dental and/or orthodontic care.

Orthodontic care can help give you the smile you deserve, as well as improved dental health.

Always Talk to Your Orthodontist

Do you have any questions about your treatment? Don’t be afraid to talk to your orthodontist and ask the questions you need to be answered. Gardner Orthodontics wants the best results for you and works to find the best possible treatment plan for you.

It’s a good idea to ask some questions right away. Some common questions when consulting an orthodontist are:

  • Which treatment do you think will work best for my teeth?
  • How long will my treatment last?
  • What will my treatment cost, and will insurance cover it?

Most insurance companies will cover adult orthodontics, with some exceptions. They may not be willing to completely cover invisible braces, preferring the cheaper options. However, if your orthodontist is willing to state that invisible braces are necessary, insurance may cover them.

Maintenance Tips for Braces and Orthodontic Appliances

Once you have braces, you need to perform some simple techniques to maintain them properly, including:

  • Going for a checkup every 4-6 weeks.
  • Brushing and flossing a minute longer each time.
  • Avoiding hard and sticky foods, such as popcorn and gum.

By following these tips, you can keep your braces in great shape and avoid the kind of damage which can make replacement parts and extra office visits necessary.

There is absolutely a place for braces and other orthodontic care in your life. Rather than being shy or afraid, you can proudly embrace the possibilities for a beautiful smile and much-improved, lasting oral health.

If you have further questions or want to get started, please contact Gardner Orthodontics for a free consultation at (804) 282-0505. You will find many aesthetically pleasing, comfortable and effective orthodontic options, including Invisalign and clear braces, at our two convenient Richmond locations.

Gardner & La Rochelle Orthodontics in Richmond, VA