We’re seeing more and more adult orthodontic patients these days, and it’s not hard to figure out why. Appliances that are barely noticeable have been developed to give adults more discreet choices when it comes to orthodontic treatment. And many adults realize that investing in a smile makeover can have significant benefits, socially and professionally. Straightening teeth can be an important part of that confidence-boosting makeover process.
Healthy teeth can be moved at any age, so there’s no such thing as being too old for braces. However, orthodontic treatment for adults is different in two important respects: For one thing, the growth and development of the jaws is complete in adults, so changes in actual jaw structure can’t be accomplished with orthodontic appliances in the way they can with a growing child.
Secondly, periodontal (gum) disease is more prevalent in adults than in children. While you are wearing the orthodontic appliances, gentle forces will be applied to your teeth so they can move through their surrounding bone. Periodontal health plays a key role in all of this; if the gum tissues are not healthy during orthodontics, bone loss can result and weaken the long-term prognosis of your teeth. So any gum disease must be brought under control before orthodontic treatment begins. And to maintain your periodontal health, you will need to make sure to have regular professional cleanings during the orthodontics while maintaining good oral hygiene at home.
Types of Orthodontic Appliances
All orthodontic appliances work essentially the same way: by employing light, constant force to move teeth into proper alignment. But how we apply these forces can vary, as numerous innovations have become available in recent years. Some of the newer, less visible orthodontic appliances have been designed to blend more easily into an adult’s personal and professional lifestyle. Types of orthodontic appliances include:
Traditional Metal Braces — This is probably what you think of when you picture someone wearing braces: small metal brackets bonded to the front of the teeth. A thin wire runs through the brackets and is attached on either end to metal bands that go around a back molar.
Clear Braces — Instead of highly noticeable metal brackets, you can have clear ones made of ceramic, plastic or a combination of both. They are hardly visible, except for the thin wire running through, but they are more susceptible to breakage than metal braces.
Clear Aligners — As an alternative to the fixed type of orthodontic appliances mentioned above, clear aligners are removable. They are actually a series of clear plastic “trays” that fit over your teeth exactly. Each tray is part of a series of trays that move your teeth a little bit at a time until they are in the proper position. Your trays are designed with the help of specialized computer software that generates a virtual model of your bite.
Lingual Braces — These metal braces are bonded to the back of your teeth (tongue side) so that no one can see them. That is the plus side. On the minus side, they can be more difficult to get used to wearing, and are more expensive than traditional braces.
Invisalign® straightens your teeth without wires and brackets, using a series of clear, customized, removable appliances called aligners. It's virtually undetectable, which means hardly anyone will know that you're straightening your teeth.
The Invisalign System combines advanced 3-D computer graphics technology with 100-year-old science of orthodontics. Invisalign aligners are designed to move your teeth in small steps to the desired final position prescribed by your orthodontist. Each aligner is precisely calibrated and manufactured to fit your mouth at each stage of the treatment plan. Your first step is to visit our office to determine if Invisalign is right for you. After sending precise treatment instructions, Invisalign uses advanced computer technology to translate these instructions in a sequence of finely calibrated aligners - as few as 12 or as many as 48. Each aligner is worn for about two weeks and only taken out to eat, brush and floss. As you replace each aligner with the next, your teeth will begin to move gradually - week-by-week until the final alignment prescribed is attained. Then you'll be smiling like you never have before!
If you want to learn more about Invisalign and how it works, please visit the Invisalign page.
Wearing a retainer after orthodontic treatment is crucial, no matter which type of appliance you choose and what age you happen to be. Teeth that are not held in place by a retainer long enough for new supporting bone to develop around them can drift back to their original positions, and that’s certainly not something we — or you — want to see happen. We will make sure to instruct you on how to retain your new, more beautiful smile so that it continues to make you look and feel great for years to come.
Dr. Taylor is an amazing Orthodontist. I dont usually write reviews but him and his staff well deserve it. Great service, friendly staff and always so professional. I went to a few places before I went to his office but by far this was the best choice ever. Thanks Dr. Taylor for all your hard work. My daughters teeth came out amazing.
Love this office! The staff is very professional and accommodating. Outstanding treatment and service. Candace is exceptional!
Everybody in this place is simply amazing. We are so happy with the results! Happy smiles everywhere.
All three of my girls go to Ron Taylor and we couldn't be happier. The entire experience in the office is a pleasure. The behind the counter staff are kind, there is always a very reasonable wait, the ladies in the back are patient and enjoyable and Dr. Ron is honest, straight forward and sometimes even funny!!!My husband is a local Pediatrician and recommends Taylor Orthodontics to all his patients and for good reasons! We would not go anywhere else. Thank you to everyone at Taylor Orthodontics who make our experience so pleasurable. The Reiss Family : )
The best Ortho thus far!! Everyone is super friendly and nice.☺
I want to thank Diane Degenaro for introducing me to Linda Christopoul and thanks to Linda for telling me about Taylor's Orthodontics. They explain to you everything, they send you e-mails about your child's treatment, they call you to remind you about your appointments ( my old ortho never did that ). They are friendly, caring , the appointments are ON TIME and they take very good care of your kids. I am very happy!!!!
Great place!!! Very professional
Very friendly staff and I love the atmosphere .They also do a lot of freebies and give aways .Cant wait for my perfect smile
Great customer service great staff very welcoming and I'm loving my braces very please with my result in such lil time
Very impressed with Dr Taylor and the entire staff at his office. They all are very helpful and accommodating and Sam's teeth look amazing! Thanks!
TAYLOR ORTHODONTICS HAS THREE LOCATIONS
9181 Glades Rd
Boca Raton, FL 33434
4570 Lyons Rd
Coconut Creek, FL 33073
16375 NW 67th Ave
Hialeah, FL 33014