Braces are most commonly placed on teenagers or pre-teens, but many adults need their teeth straightened, as well. Whether you simply never got around to it, your teeth shifted later in life due to natural changes in bone structure or trauma, or your teeth are reasonably straight but not picture-perfect. Regardless of the reason, many adults choose to straighten their teeth as adults. In fact, according to The American Association of Orthodontists, one in five orthodontic patients is over age 18.
Why should I bother to have braces as an adult? Isn’t it too late? Does it really matter?
It can be challenging to want to face orthodontic treatment as adults. Often, with the thousands of pediatric cases that have visited Bigman Orthodontics, parents want to prioritize their children’s oral health over theirs. What we want to impress upon adult patients however, is that not addressing crowded teeth as adults can create an environment prone to oral health issues. This can be plaque buildup, discomfort, trouble chewing, and sleep issues caused by jaw misalignment.
Dr. Bigman was a general dentist before he became an orthodontist, and has over 30 years of experience assessing pediatric and adult cases. With all of the latest treatments and technologies that Dr. Bigman learns across the country at conferences, continuing education courses, and speaking engagements, it is clear that adult orthodontics are still highly popular and effective.
“Crowded or overlapping teeth can be difficult to clean, making tooth decay and gum disease more likely. Teeth that don’t come together properly when you close your jaws—a problem called malocclusion, or “bad bite”—can cause chewing and swallowing problems. Poor tooth alignment can also make it difficult to pronounce certain sounds and can put excessive stress on the chewing muscles, causing facial pain.” (Source: Harvard Health Publishing)
Dr. Bigman has traveled the globe for speaking engagements in the field of orthodontics, and is a member of 11 professional associations – there is one thing that is clear amongst all orthodontic experts – being an adult is not a reason to ignore oral health and crowded teeth. Left untreated, the consequences can be disastrous, including the development of disease and infection, a need to extract teeth and receive dental implants, (painful and costly), and much more costly treatments for years. Dr. Bigman will assess your case, regardless of age, with experience, care, and compassion during your free initial consult.
Why would I possibly need traditional adult braces?
As affirmed by the American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics, there are patient cases where Invisalign, for example, cannot be used unless there is pretreatment required by a licensed professional like Dr. Bigman. A free initial consult with Dr. Bigman will provide you with time-tested, board-certified experience to make the best decision for you regarding your treatment options.
Here are a few scenarios that may require traditional adult braces:
- Teeth that are rotated more than 20 degrees.
- Teeth that tilt at an angle more than 45 degrees.
- A tooth is displaced from its socket.
What are some benefits of adult braces?
- They are the least expensive choice.
- When medically necessary, insurance often covers the cost.
- There are various options offered by Dr. Bigman, including clear brackets and metal braces. (See below).
- Braces don’t need to be removed daily, they will remain on your teeth safely and securely until treatment is complete, and Dr. Bigman will adjust as needed.
Should I have any concerns about braces?
While some obvious concerns may be aesthetics, treatment time, eating, and oral hygiene, Dr. Bigman is notably qualified with 12,000+ orthodontic cases, the utmost care in his holistic approach to treatment, and compassion and support for addressing adult braces. Dr. Bigman and his expertly knowledgeable team can walk you through all the options, step-by-step for your treatment options to decide what is best for you. You may have lots of questions, and we can’t wait to answer them!
What is the alternative to traditional adult braces?
The Invisalign process involves a free consultation with Dr. Bigman – drawing from experience with 12,000+ orthodontic cases and extensive, specialized orthodontic training and certifications. An initial consult will not only determine the best course of treatment, but it will also address any underlying issues that can be problematic as the aligner process progresses. Dr. Bigman will oversee your treatment with in-person appointments as needed, adjustments to your treatment as needed, and regularly scheduled appointments to replace aligners and ensure full safety, compliance, and progress of you, the patient, every 10 weeks.
Ready to Get Started?
If you need braces or Invisalign® in the San Ramon Valley, contact Bigman Orthodontics today at (925) 735-1515 to schedule your free initial evaluation.