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Orthodontic Treatment for Adults

Orthodontic treatment is no longer just for teens. In fact, the American Association of Orthodontists states that one in five orthodontic patients is over the age of 21. Many adults are choosing to receive treatment because they understand the importance of maintaining their health, and they want to feel better about their appearance. Adults everywhere are taking advantage of the opportunity to receive orthodontic care, and now you can too.

Common reasons why adults are considering orthodontic treatment:

  • A bad bite or malocclusion, causing teeth to fit together incorrectly
  • Teeth are crowded or spaced apart, possibly leading to tooth decay or gum disease
  • Abnormal jaw pain or pressure that is caused by crooked teeth
  • Desire for a healthier mouth and a more confident smile

Types of Treatment

Dr. Bonilla offers a variety of orthodontic treatments at our Coppell orthodontic office, all of which are customized to meet the unique needs of children, teens, and adults:

  • Traditional metal braces
  • Clear braces
  • Invisalign® and Invisalign Teen® clear aligners
  • Damon® Smile self-ligating braces
  • Empower® self-ligating braces
  • AcceleDent® Aura accelerated treatment
  • iTero® Element™ advanced digital imaging

Length of Treatment

While the length of treatment varies from patient to patient, there are methods to accelerate tooth movement safely. We offer AcceleDent Aura, a technology that can help cut Invisalign treatment time in half and shorten treatment time for braces up to 25%! AcceleDent Aura is an easy-to-use take-home device that can also relieve some of the soreness associated with tooth movement.

Getting Started with Braces

The first step to a lifetime of beautiful smiles is scheduling an initial consultation with Dr. Bonilla at Ideal Orthodontics. During this visit, you’ll meet with Dr. Bonilla and our treatment coordinator to find out what treatment option is best for you. 

The difference between adult orthodontics and orthodontics for children and teens:

The main difference between treating adults and children or teens is that the jawbones of younger patients are still developing. For adults, these bones have stopped growing, which may make orthognathic surgery possible to align the jawbones. Other differences include:

  • Gum or bone loss (periodontal disease) — Adults are more likely than children to experience gum recession or even bone loss due to gingivitis or advanced periodontal disease. Patients with straighter teeth are less likely to get gum disease.
  • Worn or missing teeth — Over time teeth can become worn down and shift into different positions that can only be corrected with orthodontic care. Missing teeth can cause other teeth to shift and tilt, creating a bad bite and increasing the possibility of gum disease.
  • Incomplete orthodontic treatment as a teen — Many adults received some orthodontic treatment as a child or teen, but never completed their treatment. As an adult, they choose to complete their orthodontic treatment to achieve the healthy, beautiful smile they always wanted.

Our practice also recognizes that adults and children have different needs, and require a different level of attention and care. We will work with you to ensure that you receive the most appropriate treatments, and that your needs are met with understanding and respect from us.

Why should you consider orthodontic treatment?

  • Straight teeth are healthy teeth — Teeth that are properly aligned are easier to keep clean with flossing and brushing, and may help prevent other health problems.
  • A beautiful, straight smile builds confidence — Orthodontic treatment can help boost your self-confidence, giving you a better quality of life and the freedom to smile without holding back!
  • Mouths left untreated can get worse — Not receiving orthodontic treatment when it's needed can create long-term health issues costing you more in the end.

To learn more about the benefits of adult orthodontics, please contact our practice to schedule an appointment. We understand that you have a busy schedule, and we will work with you to make sure each office visit is as convenient as possible.