The use of orthodontic appliances to improve smiles isn’t just for kids and teens anymore. According to the Academy of General Dentistry, about one million Americans and Canadians over the age of 18 wear braces or aligners, and the use of adult orthodontics rose 24 percent between 1989 and 2008.
Modern orthodontic solutions requiring shorter treatment times and less visible appliances have continued to increase in popularity among adults who want to achieve more confidence in their personal lives and careers. If not for aesthetics, orthodontics can also help improve oral health and relieve pain and tension in the mouth and jaw.
Orthodontists are dental specialists—they have completed three additional years of training beyond dental school to become experts in straightening and aligning teeth. The specialty of orthodontics includes diagnosis, prevention and treatment of a variety of dental and facial problems and may include use of any type of dental appliances to achieve the desired outcome.
Certain types of orthodontics—such as the clear aligners made popular by Invisalign® or the “invisible” braces of Six Month Smiles®—allow general dentists who are not full-fledged orthodontists to achieve continuing education and official certification through the manufacturers for specific use of those products to administer orthodontic treatment.
Your first appointment should focus on fact-finding, education, and planning. You need to have a complete understanding of your current dental condition and all your treatment choices, which should be made clear by the end of the initial consultation.
If you’re an adult in Atlanta who’s interested in orthodontic treatment options, contact Dr. Ceneviz at Chamblee Orthodontics today! We look forward to helping you straighten your smile and discover your confidence.