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The Benefits of Adult Braces
By The Brace Place Orthodontics
October 08, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: braces  

At the Brace Place Orthodontics in Jacksonville Beach, adult patients can take full advantage of various kinds of braces. Yes, even though you're not a child or teen, you can enjoy the many health and aesthetic benefits of straight teeth. Dr. Josh Goldknopf is the well-established and patient-centered orthodontist who will put you on a path to great oral health. Learn more here about braces for adults.

Why people need braces

Orthodontic care changes tooth and jaw position and development. Also called orthofacial orthopedics, treatment with braces corrects a variety of problems which affect smile appearance, speech, muscular comfort, and balance, and the health of tooth enamel and gum tissue.

While the American Association of Orthodontists recognizes the wisdom in evaluating children's bite and jaw development by age seven, the organization also recommends braces for adults. As long as teeth and gum are basically healthy, people can pursue orthodontic correction throughout the age span--even into the senior years.

Braces for adults in Jacksonville Beach address such issues as:

  • Overbite
  • Underbite
  • Crossbite
  • Openbite
  • Tooth rotation
  • Tooth tipping
  • Congenitally malformed or missing teeth
  • Gaps
  • Crowding
  • Overlapping teeth
  • Orthodontic relapse (you've had braces previously, and your teeth moved out of their new positions)

Your orthodontist will evaluate your teeth and gums, taking oral impressions and precise three-dimensional imaging to study how braces can correct your smile.

How braces work

The principles of orthodontia are similar regardless of the age of the patient. The orthodontist applies gentle physical forces to move teeth (roots first) into healthier and more attractive positions. As the teeth move, new bone grows, anchoring the teeth in better permanent locations.

After treatment concludes, most of Dr. Goldknopf's patients--both kids and adults--wear customized retainers for a prescribed period of time. These appliances keep newly aligned teeth in place, avoiding orthodontic relapse.

Types of adult braces

Just like their younger counterparts, Dr. Goldknopf's adult patients may wear traditional, bonded-on metal braces, tooth-colored ceramic braces, or lingual (tongue-side) braces. For many adults, Invisalign clear aligners are a wonderful option as they offer quicker treatment times, a smooth, comfortable fit, discreet appearance and outstanding results for mild to moderate smile issues.

The best of care

Yes, as an adult, braces may be your option for a great new smile. Find out more at a consultation with Dr. Goldknopf at the Brace Place Orthodontics where you'll enjoy personal and individualized care from the doctor himself. We have two offices: one in Jacksonville Beach and one in Ponte Vedra. Call ahead to arrange an appointment: (904) 222-8588.