Now is the right time to get your teeth straightened by your Arnold, MO orthodontist. At JL Dental, Drs. JonathanandLauraMears see patients of all ages who desire healthier, more attractive smiles.
Why get braces as an adult?
Dentistry and oral health online magazine, “Dear Doctor,” estimates that 20 percent of American orthodontic patients are of non-traditional age. In other words, a new wave of adult patients has cropped up. Why should adults get Arnold, MO braces?
The more appropriate question may be, “Why not get braces as an adult?” And, the answer is simple. Adults need orthodontic correction for the same reasons children and teens do:
- Improved facial appearance
- Elimination of unattractive gaps, crowding, and protruding teeth (overjet)
- Correction of misaligned bite (overbite, underbite, open bite, cross bite)
- Improvement of self-confidence
- Adjustment of smiles that shifted after earlier orthodontic correction
- Preserving oral health and appearance for a lifetime
Crooked, crowded teeth are notorious for developing extensive dental decay and gum disease. While people desiring braces must have active gum disease treated before braces or aligners are applied, they definitely experience far less gingivitis or periodontitis when their smiles are finally corrected.
What does JL Dental offer?
Drs. Jonathan and Laura Mears offer traditional metal bracket and wire braces for the most complex orthodontic issues. They also offer American-made Clear Correctaligners. Great for mild to moderate tooth alignment problems, Clear Correct aligners move teeth into more favorable positions without the hygiene, aesthetic or dietary problems metal braces cause.
Clear Correct aligners look like professional whitening trays. They are incredibly clear and thin–practically unnoticeable when the patient smiles, laughs or talks.
Customized according to Dr. Mears’ specific instructions and a special 3-dimensional model of the patient’s mouth, the aligners fit tightly over the top and bottom teeth. Worn about 22 hours a day, the appliances move teeth into healthier, better-looking positions. Delivered in pairs, the aligners straighten teeth comfortably and quickly–in less time than traditional braces.
Clear Correct appliances are fully removable, too. Patients take them out to eat and to perform routine brushing and flossing. There are no dietary restrictions or complex hygiene routines to follow. Patients simply enjoy the healthy foods they always have and use fluoride toothpaste and floss as usual. Plus, they can take the aligners out for special occasions such as professional presentations and weddings.
Yes, older teens and adults can enjoy the benefits of orthodontics from JL Dental in Arnold, MO. Braces and aligners move teeth–no matter the age of the patient. Of course, the sooner you get them, the sooner you can enjoy the benefits of a beautiful, healthy smile.