When we say we’re a family practice, we mean it. Old Metairie Orthodontics welcomes and treats patients of all ages, and many of our patients are adults who are finally achieving the smile they have always wanted. With advanced treatment options providing maximum dental and cosmetic benefits, such as Invisalign® and clear ceramic braces, more adults are seeking orthodontic treatment than ever before! In fact, about 20% of patients with braces are over 18.
We offer a wide variety of orthodontic treatments to suit your specific needs in our Metairie, LA, office, and our practice is highly experienced in the specifics of adult orthodontics. We understand that our adult patients want excellent and quick results with the least amount of discomfort or inconvenience. We’re confident that the benefits of treatment far outweigh some of the temporary inconveniences, and we encourage you to come in for a complimentary consultation to learn how we can help you develop a treatment plan that works perfectly for your lifestyle and your cost considerations. Whether this is your first time having orthodontic treatment or you are seeking additional correction to prior treatment, having braces as an adult not only benefits you cosmetically, but adds to the longevity of your teeth by improving your bite. When your bite is in proper alignment, all the teeth function together correctly.
Here are a few questions to ask yourself and your orthodontist before you begin orthodontic treatment as an adult:
- Are you willing to put up with minor changes in your appearance during treatment?
- Are you willing to endure some discomfort from wearing appliances?
- Are you willing to cooperate with the instructions and suggestions of your orthodontist?
- Do you feel that a long-term investment in a better, healthier smile is worth the cost of your treatment?
- Are your treatment expectations realistic?
Teeth can be moved and straightened at any age. However, adult orthodontic treatment can be a more involved process than it is for younger patients. Your treatment may require coordination with a general dentist or an oral surgeon in the event of an associated complication. For example, a combination of orthodontic/orthognathic surgery treatment may be recommended for our adult patients with severely misaligned jaw structure. In these instances, we work closely with an oral surgery specialist to make sure your treatment is safe, effective, and efficient.
Just as it is with our younger patients, good oral hygiene habits are essential to the success of treatment for our adult orthodontic patients. In fact, due to the prevalence of periodontal disease in adults, it is even more important that adult patients practice diligent oral hygiene habits. At Old Metairie Orthodontics, our goal is to create a healthy, straight, and beautiful smile for each of our patients, no matter their age.
Adult Orthodontics in Old Metairie, LA
We encourage you to schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Block to discuss your orthodontic needs. Our welcoming staff at Old Metairie Orthodontics will be happy to help. We look forward to caring for you at our practice in Metairie, LA.