Adult Treatment

Adult Treatment

Orthodontic treatment is not just for children and teenagers. More adults are seeking orthodontic care to achieve a healthier, more attractive smile. At Faces Orthodontics, located in Scottsdale, Peoria, and Paradise Valley, we offer a range of orthodontic treatments tailored to the unique needs of adults. 

Adult orthodontic treatment refers to the process of diagnosing, preventing, and correcting misaligned teeth and jaws in individuals aged 18 and above. This specialized care aims to improve both the function and aesthetics of the teeth, catering to the unique needs and concerns of adults. Unlike children and teens, adults may face different orthodontic challenges, such as bone density changes, gum disease, or previous dental work, which require tailored treatment approaches.

Objectives of Adult Orthodontic Treatment in Scottsdale, Peoria, and Paradise Valley 

The primary goals of adult orthodontic treatment include:

Improving Oral Health

Properly aligned teeth are easier to clean, reducing the risk of cavities, gum disease, and other oral health issues.

Enhancing Aesthetics

A straighter, more attractive smile can boost self-confidence and improve social and professional interactions.

Correcting Bite Issues

Addressing problems like overbites, underbites, crossbites, and open bites to ensure proper jaw function and alleviate related issues such as jaw pain and headaches.

Preventing Tooth Wear

Proper alignment helps distribute biting forces evenly, reducing uneven wear and tear on the teeth.

Addressing Shifting Teeth

Teeth can shift over time due to factors like aging, tooth loss, or periodontal disease. Orthodontic treatment can correct these changes. Call us to learn more.

Common Orthodontic Issues in Adults

Adults can experience various orthodontic problems, including:

Crowded Teeth

Insufficient space in the jaw causes teeth to overlap and become misaligned.

Spacing Issues

Gaps between teeth, which can result from missing teeth or improper tooth development.

Overbite

The upper teeth extend significantly over the lower teeth.

Underbite

The lower teeth extend beyond the upper teeth.

Crossbite

The upper and lower teeth do not align correctly, causing some upper teeth to sit inside the lower teeth.

Open Bite

The upper and lower teeth do not touch when the mouth is closed.

Treatment Options for Adults at Faces Orthodontics

At Faces Orthodontics in Scottsdale, Peoria, and Paradise Valley, we offer various treatment options to address these issues. Each treatment plan is personalized to meet the specific needs and goals of the patient.

Traditional Metal Braces

Traditional metal braces are a reliable and effective treatment option for adults. They consist of metal brackets bonded to the teeth and connected by wires that are periodically adjusted to move the teeth into the desired position.

Benefits of Traditional Metal Braces

  • Effectiveness: They can correct a wide range of orthodontic issues, including severe misalignments.
  • Durability: Metal braces are strong and can withstand the demands of daily life.

Ceramic Braces

Ceramic braces work similarly to traditional metal braces but use clear or tooth-colored brackets that blend in with the teeth, making them a more aesthetically pleasing option.

Benefits of Ceramic Braces:

  • Aesthetic Appeal: They are less noticeable than metal braces, which is beneficial for adults concerned about their appearance.
  • Effectiveness: Ceramic braces are as effective as metal braces in treating most orthodontic issues.

Invisalign®

Invisalign® uses a series of clear, removable aligners to gradually straighten teeth. The aligners are custom-made for each patient and need to be worn for 20-22 hours a day, being replaced every one to two weeks.

Benefits of Invisalign®

  • Virtually Invisible: The clear aligners are almost invisible, making them a discreet option for adults.
  • Removable: Patients can remove the aligners for eating, brushing, and flossing, allowing for better oral hygiene.
  • Comfortable: Invisalign® aligners are made of smooth plastic, reducing the risk of irritation to the cheeks and gums.

Lingual Braces

Lingual braces are similar to traditional braces but are placed on the inside (lingual) surface of the teeth, making them invisible from the outside.

Benefits of Lingual Braces:

  • Invisible: They are hidden behind the teeth, providing a discreet treatment option.
  • Effectiveness: Lingual braces can address complex orthodontic issues effectively.

The Adult Orthodontic Treatment Process

The process of adult orthodontic treatment typically involves several stages:

Initial Consultation

The first step is a thorough initial consultation. During this visit, the orthodontist will conduct a comprehensive examination, which includes:

  • Digital X-rays: These provide a detailed view of the teeth and jaw structure, allowing for accurate diagnosis.
  • Photographs: Detailed photographs of the teeth and face are taken to document the current condition and track progress.
  • Dental Impressions: Impressions of the teeth may be taken to create accurate models for further analysis.

Based on this assessment, a customized treatment plan is developed.

Treatment Plan

After the initial consultation, the orthodontist in Scottsdale, Peoria, and Paradise Valley, will discuss the proposed treatment plan with the patient. This plan outlines the recommended treatment options, the estimated duration of treatment, and the expected outcomes. Clear communication ensures that the patient fully understands the process and is comfortable with the proposed plan.

Active Treatment

Once the treatment plan is agreed upon, the active treatment phase begins. This involves the application of braces, aligners, or other orthodontic appliances. Regular check-ups are scheduled to monitor progress and make necessary adjustments.

Retention Phase

After the active treatment phase, a retention phase is necessary to maintain the new alignment of the teeth. This typically involves wearing retainers to prevent the teeth from shifting back to their original positions.

Conclusion

Adult orthodontic treatment at Faces Orthodontics in Scottsdale, Peoria, and Paradise Valley is designed to provide comprehensive, personalized care that addresses the unique needs of adults. With our range of treatment options, advanced technology, and dedicated team, we are committed to helping adults achieve their best smiles.

If you are an adult considering orthodontic treatment, we invite you to schedule a consultation at one of our convenient locations in Scottsdale, Peoria, or Paradise Valley. Let Faces Orthodontics guide you towards a healthier, more confident smile that will last a lifetime. Contact us today to learn more about our services and take the first step towards a brighter future for your oral health.

Contact Faces Orthodontics to learn more about our orthodontic treatment options and take the first step towards a healthier, happier smile. Contact our Scottsdale Office at (480) 661-1818, Peoria Office at (623) 566-6784, or Paradise Valley Office at (602) 992-7182.

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8890 E Desert Cove, Scottsdale, AZ 85260

Phone: (480) 661-1818

Email: info@facesorthodntics.com

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9059 West Lake Pleasant Parkway, Peoria, AZ 85382

Phone: (623) 566-6784

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14640 N. Tatum Blvd., Suite 5, Phoenix, AZ 85032

Phone: (602) 992-7182

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