Adult Orthodontics – Richardson, TX
It’s Never Too Late
for Your Smile
While orthodontics is usually associated with children, the fact is that around 25% of all orthodontic patients in America are over the age of 18! That means whether someone is in college or multiple decades into their career, they can still choose to straighten their teeth and get the smile they’ve always wanted. Dr. Jones has helped countless adults achieve results they didn’t think possible using subtle treatments that allowed them to maintain their daily appearance. You can learn more about our options for adult orthodontics in Richardson, TX and even schedule a FREE consultation by giving us a call today.
Why Choose Richardson Orthodontics for Adult Orthodontics?
- Board-Certified Orthodontist with 16 Years of Experience
- Treatment Plans Specifically Designed for Adults
- Dental Insurance Maximized & 0% In-House Financing
The Difference Between Adult & Childhood Orthodontics
The reason that orthodontics is recommended for children so often is because when we’re young, the bones of our face and jaw aren’t fully set yet. This means they can be more easily manipulated with orthodontic treatment to straighten the teeth and bite. In adults, however, these bones are completely hardened, but it’s still possible to shift the teeth and bite. The biggest difference is that the process usually takes a little longer, and for very advanced orthodontic issues, sometimes corrective surgery is the only available option. Fortunately, Dr. Jones is usually able to provide exactly what an adult patient needs using a gentle, non-invasive approach. And afterward, the results can be trusted to last for a lifetime.
Our Adult Orthodontic Treatment Options
- Invisalign: Invisalign allows a patient to discreetly straighten their teeth without the people around them noticing that they are undergoing treatment. See-through plastic aligner trays are used to shift the teeth, and they are so thin that they practically disappear when placed in the mouth. Even better, the trays can be taken out whenever a patient wants. This means they don’t have to change their diet like with traditional braces, and their oral hygiene routine can remain the same as well.
- Clear/Ceramic Braces: Clear/ceramic braces use brackets and wires just like traditional ones, but there is a chance if you saw a patient wearing them, you wouldn’t be able to tell. Why? Because the brackets are made of a clear ceramic material that allows the natural color of the teeth to shine through. The wires are also shaded to blend into the smile. The overall effect is a much more discreet-looking treatment compared to regular braces, but they are still just as effective at correcting crooked, crowded, and gapped teeth.
Adult Orthodontics FAQs
As an adult, you may find it difficult to imagine wearing braces now that you’re older, but the truth is that it is perfectly normal! Adult orthodontics in Jacksonville is a great way to improve the health and look of your smile, giving you the confidence needed to move throughout your day with ease. At Richardson Orthodontics, we understand that this decision can be a bit overwhelming though, which is why we’ve compiled some common questions asked by our patients. We invite you to review the following information, and if you still have questions, please do not hesitate to contact us to schedule a free consultation with Dr. Jones.
How long can I expect to wear braces?
When scheduling a consultation with your orthodontist in Jacksonville, Dr. Jones will go over how long you can expect to wear your braces. Typically, this is dependent upon the severity of your case when you start treatment. If you are looking for fast results, you’ll want to inquire about clear aligners, as they are often most popular. However, if you are not concerned with the duration of your treatment, it may be possible to move forward with traditional metal or clear braces. No matter the choice you make, it’s important that you are in agreement with Dr. Jones about the timeline for achieving your desired results.
Why are braces beneficial as an adult?
By choosing to straighten your teeth as an adult, you’ll not only enjoy a more beautiful aesthetic, but you’ll also notice a dramatic improvement in the health of your smile. As you age, your facial shape can change, causing bone loss to occur and teeth to shift. As a result, you can begin to appear much older than you really are. However, with braces, we can straighten your teeth and give you a more youthful appearance while making it easier for you to maintain healthier teeth and gums.
Not only will you appear more attractive and intelligent to others, but you’ll exude greater confidence that can help you in your professional and personal life.
Will insurance cover the cost of my orthodontics?
Depending on your insurance plan, they may agree to cover a portion of your orthodontic treatment; however, it is necessary that you check with a representative to ensure there are no exclusions. At Richardson Orthodontics, we are insurance-friendly and in-network with a long list of insurance companies. However, if your insurance does not provide coverage for orthodontics, you can apply for in-house financing. This will allow you to break up the cost of your treatment into manageable monthly payments.
Is it ever too late to get braces?
Naturally, the younger you are when wearing braces, the easier it will be to move your teeth into alignment; however, that is not to say it is impossible as an adult. The older you are, there are options to choose from should you decide not to embrace regular metal braces. If you prefer, you can opt for clear aligners that allow you to remove them while eating, drinking, and cleaning them, but you must remember to put them back in and wear your trays for 20-22 hours a day to avoid a delay in treatment. The important thing to remember is that you’re never too old for braces. Deciding to straighten your smile will only serve to benefit you as you grow older.