Orthodontic Treatment Options for Adults

Oak Park, IL – Do you hate showing your teeth because your teeth are misaligned? If you’ve avoided orthodontic treatment because you didn’t want to draw more attention to your problem with a mouth full of metal, there’s good news for you. Today, there are more options to quickly and discretely straighten your teeth than ever before.

“Adults who didn’t undergo orthodontic treatment as adolescents may find that their malocclusions have negatively affected their oral health,” says Dr. Richard Battistoni, a La Grange orthodontist. “But for many adults, the idea of wearing standard metal braces isn’t appealing. At Battistoni and Beam Orthodontics, we offer numerous ways for adults to get the beautiful and healthy smiles they deserve, without the metal-mouth look commonly associated with braces.”

The American Association of Orthodontists estimates that today, one in five orthodontic patients is actually an adult. Battistoni and Beam Orthodontics realizes this, and offers numerous options to provide a more functional smile.

Clear and ceramic braces work in the same way traditional metal braces do, however, they offer a more aesthetically pleasing look. The brackets on ceramic braces are colored to match your teeth, so they blend in much better than metal brackets would.

Self-ligating braces don’t use traditional brackets and wires. A unique slide technology puts less stress on the teeth, allowing them to easily glide to their desired locations.

Invisalign took the orthodontic world by storm when it was first introduced, and the technology is better than ever. Invisalign consists of a series of clear aligners that work to gently guide the teeth into their proper locations. Each set of aligners is worn for two weeks and are designed for each individual patient.

“Patients love Invisalign because it is highly individualized treatment that fits into their lifestyles,” says Dr. William Beam. “The aligners are not only comfortable, they are also removable. That means patients can take them out when eating, drinking and caring for their teeth. But when worn the prescribed amount of time, the gentle force they elicit gently guides the teeth into their ideal positions.”

While there are more options than ever before to straighten your smile as an adult, it is important to remember that there are some differences between orthodontic treatment as an adolescent and as an adult. A consultation with an orthodontist will determine the best course of treatment for you.

At Battistoni and Beam Orthodontics, we know and understand the unique challenges facing our adult patients. We have the knowledge, skill and technology to give you the smile of your dreams. Together, we can create an individualized treatment plan that will meet your needs through the most appropriate treatment options.
To learn more about the benefits of adult orthodontics, contact our practice to schedule a consultation. We understand that you have a busy schedule, and we will work with you to make sure each office visit is as convenient as possible.

 

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