Many people tend to associate orthodontic treatment with teens and braces. It’s easy to see why, since the most common age group for treatment is 10-14, but patients in almost every age group can benefit from orthodontics! Here at Sunshine Smiles, we serve patients of all ages across the Hudson Valley. Over the last few years, we’ve seen a rapid increase in the number of adult patients we serve. In fact, more than 25% of all current orthodontic patients are over 18, proof that there’s no age limit on achieving a healthier smile!
Even so, we often hear from adults who are convinced that the chance to transform their smile has already passed them by. If this sounds like you, we’ve got good news—you’re never too old to get the smile you’ve always wanted! If you’ve spent years feeling unhappy with how your teeth look or feel, our expert team is here to help. To learn more about our adult treatment options and how orthodontics can give you a confident smile you love, keep reading below!
Why are more adult patients exploring orthodontic treatment?
There are many reasons we’ve seen more adult patients in the last several years. Part of it has to do with advances in treatment options—adults who were on the fence about traditional braces can now choose from more subtle methods, like clear braces and clear aligners. This is sometimes all the incentive an adult needs to finally take the first step towards a straighter smile!
We also tend to become more aware of the link between our oral health and overall health as we get older. In our younger years, we don’t always understand that caring for (or neglecting) our teeth and gums can impact our whole body. Many adults who figure this out are willing to invest in dental or orthodontic care to keep their teeth and gums looking and feeling good.
Some adults began the orthodontic process in their teens but never completed treatment. Others finished but didn’t wear their retainer as directed. Their teeth may be drifting back towards their original positions now, undoing any progress made when they were younger. These adults may wish to complete their interrupted orthodontic journey, while some might need to repeat the whole process from start to finish for the best results.
And then there are the adults simply looking to achieve a more attractive smile! Correcting crooked teeth and other misalignments will not only improve the cosmetic appearance of your smile but also help reduce or eliminate associated symptoms like headaches and jaw pain. Feeling confident in your smile can also set you up to put your best foot forward socially and professionally!
Your complimentary consultation with Sunshine Smiles
We pack a lot into your free consultation with us! This is when we’ll meet and get to know a bit about each other. You’ll be able to discuss any concerns you have about your smile and receive a thorough oral examination from Dr. Mansour. During this visit, our team will also:
- review your dental and medical history forms
- create a customized treatment plan for you
- discuss the investment required for your new smile
- outline your insurance options and the payment plans available to you
Once you’ve decided on a treatment plan with Dr. Mansour, we’ll walk you through the orthodontic process, including the investment needed for your new smile. We’ll ensure you understand everything before we begin the active phase of treatment! We’re committed to providing all of our patients with world-class care that’s effective and affordable.
What treatment options are available for adult patients?
Here at Sunshine Smiles, we’re proud to offer patients a range of treatment options that are comfortable and customizable. They include the following.
Traditional metal braces
Traditional metal braces are the most widely used orthodontic appliance and come with a proven track record of success. They efficiently treat a variety of orthodontic issues and can be particularly useful in cases that are more severe or complex.
While braces have been around for a long time, they have undergone some impressive changes in recent years! Modern metal braces are lighter, sleeker, and more comfortable than previous models. They’re more fun, too! Patients can add a pop of color with our range of brightly colored elastics, or go with clear or tooth-colored bands for a more subtle approach to treatment.
Clear braces function the same way metal braces do, but they come with the added benefit of clear brackets. This offers an incredibly subtle way to straighten teeth, especially when paired with clear, white, or tooth-colored elastics. The ceramic brackets we use with clear braces are slightly larger and a bit more brittle than metal brackets, so we are more likely to use them on the upper front teeth than the lower teeth. Because they are much less visible than metal brackets, clear braces tend to be a popular choice with our teen and adult patients!
Invisalign clear aligners
Instead of brackets, wires, and bands, the innovative Invisalign system uses a series of customized clear aligners to shift the teeth over time. The aligners are designed to be removed when a patient is eating, drinking anything other than water, and brushing their teeth. This gives them an extra measure of freedom and flexibility that our patients love!
Patient compliance is an essential part of treatment with Invisalign. The aligners must be worn for 20-22 hours per day throughout the orthodontic process to successfully straighten smiles. Patients are also responsible for switching each aligner out with the next in the series every 1-2 weeks. This allows them to keep up with the movements their teeth are making.
As the only Elite Invisalign provider in The Hudson Valley, Dr. Mansour is an expert at straightening teeth with these innovative clear aligners! When worn as directed, Invisalign can be just as efficient as braces at treating many of the most common orthodontic issues.
Improve your oral health with help from Sunshine Smiles
Since every smile is unique, what works for one patient may not be a good fit for another. Not every treatment option will be suitable for all patients, so it’s important to work with an experienced orthodontist like Dr. Mansour to find the best fit for your specific needs! If you’re ready to take the first step towards the smile you’ve always wanted, get in touch today to schedule a FREE consultation with our Rhinebeck, Kingston, or New Paltz office. We look forward to seeing your smile!