At Cordes Orthodontics, we want adults in Westfield, Enfield, and Suffield to know that it’s never too late for them to have the beautifully straight smiles they deserve. Up to one-fifth of all orthodontic patients are adults in the US, and we’re able to offer a number of treatments specifically designed to help people without altering their day-to-day appearance. Whether you’re hoping to increase your confidence, improve your oral function, or both, you can trust that Dr. Cordes will have you covered with adult orthodontic treatment in Enfield, CT!
Needless to say, a child’s teeth are much different than those of a full-grown adult. Typically, orthodontics is recommended for younger patients because the bones of the mouth and jaw are still growing and haven’t fully set yet, meaning they can be more easily guided with treatment. Because an adult’s bone structure is harder and stronger, orthodontic care is usually a slower process, but this doesn’t mean it’s any less successful. While it may take a little longer to shift the teeth, Dr. Cordes can definitely put them where they need to go. Plus, for specific issues like complex bite misalignments, corrective jaw surgery may be the only solution, which Dr. Cordes can discuss with you as well.
So far, we’ve covered the differences between adult and child orthodontics as well as the treatment options available. Now, we’re going to answer FAQs! That way, you can continue your research right here. Of course, if you can’t find the answer you’re looking for or would like to learn more about something we touched on below, you’re more than welcome to give us a call as well.
It’s common for adult patients to assume that their orthodontic treatment will take 3+ years to complete. However, that’s not necessarily true. In fact, if your misalignment is relatively minor, you may be done in just six months! The best way to get an estimate is by scheduling an appointment with our dedicated Enfield orthodontist, Dr. Cordes. From there, he can conduct a thorough exam to determine the severity of your case and, in turn, roughly how long your treatment will take.
Note: While you may not be able to speed up the treatment process, there are a few ways you can prevent delays. That starts with implementing a solid oral hygiene regimen to prevent cavities and extends to abiding by the dietary restrictions to avoid an orthodontic emergency.
Patients often ask if they are “too old” for braces. The short answer is “absolutely not!” After all, are you ever “too old” to have a beautiful smile, pristine oral health, and an improved bite? Plus, adult patients often don’t experience any hiccups with their orthodontic treatment because they are investing their own money and understand the importance of following all of the guidelines, like avoiding extremely hard and crunchy foods.
Although it’s possible, it isn’t as common as you might think. That’s because moving only one row of teeth can have a negative effect on your bite. Of course, if you are interested in single arch treatment, you’re still more than welcome to schedule a consultation. That way, we can learn more about your unique dental needs and determine if straightening one row of teeth will give you the beautiful, healthy, and functional smile you deserve.
At the end of your treatment, we will take impressions and pictures of your teeth. Before you’re officially “done,” we will provide you with a custom retainer as well. This orthodontic device serves a very important purpose: it helps prevent your teeth from drifting out of their perfectly aligned positions. Although we recommend wearing it at least every evening, you don’t have to worry – retainers today are more comfortable and discreet than ever before.
Which one of these would be best for you? Dr. Cordes would be more than happy to answer all of your questions and let you know what to expect during your treatment at a one-on-one consultation. To get in touch with our orthodontic office, call today!