If you're seeking orthodontic treatment for your crooked smile, you're in good company. The American Association of Orthodontists says one out of every five patients wearing braces is of adult age. In Jacksonville Beach, FL, Dr. Josh Goldknopf is the orthodontist who loves to treat adults for smile issues for all kinds. Read about the types of braces available at The Brace Place Orthodontics.
Why get braces?
Children, teens, and adults benefit from orthodontic correction. While very young people have the advantage of faces, mouths, and jaws which are still growing, older teens and even adults with healthy teeth and gums can get their smiles straightened, too.
Typical issues your orthodontist sees in his Jacksonville Beach, FL, office are:
- Bite problems (overbite, cross bite, under bite, and open bite)
- Protruding front teeth
- Tooth tipping
- Tooth rotation
- Crowding due to small jaw bone size and large teeth
- Congenital absence of teeth
Kinds of braces
Today's orthodontic systems are more versatile than ever before. in his Jacksonville Beach, FL, orthodontic practice, Dr. Goldknopf offers several types, including conventional metal braces--the kind most people think of when they hear the word "orthodontist." These appliances consist of bonded on metal brackets, connecting archwires, and rubber bands. In some cases, these obvious-looking braces, restrictive of dietary choices and harder to keep clean, are the best option for the individual's smile problem.
Similar to metal braces, but more discreet in appearance, are tooth-colored or clear ceramic braces. Orthodontists recommend ceramic appliances because they look better, are smoother, and are less irritating.
Lingual braces are like metal braces, except the brackets are mounted on the tongue-side of the teeth. While no one but the patient and the dentist knows they are there, lingual braces are disadvantageous because they are more complex to keep clean.
Finally, if a patient qualifies, Dr. Goldknopf recommends Invisalign clear aligners. Smooth, removable and practically invisible, these snug acrylic aligner pairs move teeth into healthier positions in an average of 12 months. Plus, teens and adults find them easy to maintain.
What's your best treatment?
Getting a complimentary consultation at The Brace Place is the first step toward a new smile. Dr. Goldknopf will examine your teeth so you know if braces would help your particular smile issue. If they would, he'll develop a treatment plan around your oral impressions and a digital three-dimensional CAT scan of your teeth and jaw bone. In short, you'll know exactly what kind of braces would help you achieve your desired results.
At The Brace Place, we love to make you smile. To schedule a visit, please phone us at (904) 222-8588. You have your choice of locations: our office in Jacksonville Beach and in Ponte Vedra, FL.