Before Orthodontic treatment
After Orthodontic treatment to straighten teeth

Benefits of Adult Orthodontics

Many adults decide against or postpone orthodontics for themselves. They are either prioritizing it for their children or deciding that the procedure is not worth it for them.

However, there are many good reasons why adults should consider getting orthodontics, including:

  • Better health
  • Better confidence
  • Better odds of getting a job
  • Higher salary offers
  • More romantic options

One of the biggest misconceptions about orthodontics is that it’s just for your appearance. However, straightening your teeth can have many health benefits. For example, some studies show that you might be able to reduce your gum disease risk by nearly 50%. That’s because your teeth are easier to clean so there’s less plaque accumulating near your gums. Sometimes, orthodontics can help improve your bite, which can help with TMJ-related symptoms like headaches, neck pain, jaw pain, and more.
Perhaps the most common thing we hear from our orthodontics patients is that they feel more confident in their smiles and in themselves after the procedure. This confidence not only helps people enjoy a better quality of life because they feel better about themselves, but it also spills over into other areas of their lives.

Of course, confidence can be a major strength when you go to job interviews, but hiring managers have also said that they are more likely to hire someone with a straight smile–and more likely to offer them a higher salary.

Confidence can also help improve your romantic options. Surveys have shown that both men and women value a smile when considering romantic partners. Whether you’ve been dating for a long time or are just considering re-entering the field, adult orthodontics can give you the confidence you need to be successful.

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Special Concerns of Adult Orthodontics

For orthodontics, adults have some different concerns than teens. At Dental Excellence of Blue Bell, Dr. Siegel takes into account that his adult patients are more concerned about:

  • Discretion
  • Price
  • Health issues

Because it’s less normal for adults to get orthodontics than children or teens, many adults feel particularly sensitive about trying to get more discreet braces.

Adults are also often more concerned about price than teens. That’s because parents often pay for teens’ orthodontic treatment.

Finally, adults worry more about possible health side effects of braces. It’s true that if you don’t take care of your teeth and gums during treatment, braces can lead to an increased risk of gum disease. This is even more serious for adults because gum disease risk increases as we age. Fortunately, most adults are conscious of this and take good care of their teeth during treatment. This helps them stay healthy during and after orthodontic treatment.

Two Popular Options for Adult Orthodontics

Considering the above considerations, we often recommend a couple of options for adult orthodontics:

These two treatments make it easy for adults to straighten their teeth discreetly and in good health, sometimes while saving money.

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Dr. Ken Siegel discussing care with a patient

Invisalign

Invisalign is the pioneering clear braces option. It also maintains its leading position thanks to considerable investment in R&D, leading to constant improvement in the system.

Adults like that Invisalign aligners are clear plastic, which makes them nearly invisible. Because they’re removable, the aligners also make it easy for adults to brush and floss their teeth, avoiding health problems.

For some price-conscious adults, there’s even a potentially less expensive version of Invisalign. Invisalign Express is specially designed for people who have had a prior orthodontic relapse and anyone who just needs a slight modification to their teeth alignment. This course of treatment can be short and less expensive than other options.

Six Month Smiles

Although Six Month Smiles uses brackets and wires to straighten teeth, the clear brackets and white wires make it a very discrete approach to teeth straightening. Because it’s a quick course of treatment, health risks are reduced.

The short course of treatment also makes Six Month Smiles less expensive, up to 30% less than other orthodontic approaches.

Let Us Find the Right Orthodontic Approach for You

If you are an adult considering orthodontics in the Montgomery County area, talk to Dr. Ken Siegel. He has helped many adults get great, even life-changing results from orthodontics. Please call (610) 272-0828 today to set up your appointment.