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Adult Orthodontics Bixby Knolls, CA

In the past, many patients have been under the impression that orthodontic treatment was just for kids. In reality, braces, Invisalign®, and other orthodontic options are great for adults, too. In fact, restoring your occlusion to proper alignment can help improve your oral health, including the function of your teeth and jaw joints. Talk to your Bixby Knolls orthodontist about adult orthodontics today!

Why Does Orthodontic Treatment Matter for Adults?

It is never too late for someone to start their orthodontic journey. However, some might wonder: Why should adults get braces? Does it even matter at this point? We say yes, it absolutely matters. And for multiple reasons.

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Self-Esteem

A lot of people suffer from low self-esteem. They may have negative voices in their head from people making fun of them when they were younger. Or they might feel insecure because of the unattainable expectations of the beauty industry.

Thankfully, something as simple as investing in adult orthodontics in Bixby Knolls can make a person feel good about themselves. They’ll feel excited to share their smile with others and feel good about how they look whenever they catch a glimpse of themselves in the mirror.

Confidence

Regardless of your age, confidence is vital if you want to create a life you love. Confidence is necessary for asking that cute girl out to dinner or going after your dream job.

Doing something that can improve your confidence is one of the best gifts you can give yourself. And correcting dentition issues is something that will last for a lifetime, whereas something like putting on a new lipstick or a great outfit will last only as long as those things last.

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Avoiding Dental Issues

Adult orthodontic treatment in North Long Beach can also prevent painful, expensive to treat dental issues. When your bite is out of alignment, it puts excess strain on certain teeth. Over time, the excess pressure can cause teeth to crack, chip, and break. Sometimes, these scenarios can lead to painful toothaches. To repair the damage, you’d need to invest in restorative treatments like dental crowns.

In some cases, the damage is so severe that a patient may need extensive treatment. Such treatment can include root canal treatment and a crown, or an extraction and a bridge or dental implant to restore the missing tooth.

Investing in a better bite with adult orthodontics in Bixby Knolls can save money on dental costs in the long run.

Preventing Gum Disease

Teeth that are crooked or crowded are often difficult to clean thoroughly. As much as you brush and floss, cleaning every nook and cranny is almost impossible. Eventually, you can end up developing gum disease, the leading cause of tooth loss.

Correcting the malocclusion can make brushing and flossing much easier, and that’s a win for your gingival health!

How Does Orthodontic Treatment Differ for Adults?

Adults have many of the same orthodontic treatment options as children and teens – namely, braces and Invisalign® clear aligners. The timeline is the most significant difference between adult and child orthodontic treatment.

Children’s bones are still developing, so their jawbone is not as dense. Therefore, moving their teeth into proper positions is easier and faster. Adults have dense bones, so orthodontic treatment tends to take longer. Some patients can be in and out of treatment within 12 months for minor occlusion adjustments. More complex cases average between two to three years to complete.

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How Much Do Adult Orthodontics in Bixby Knolls Cost?

Adult orthodontics can start from $1500 and go up from there. It depends on the complexity of your case and what type of treatment you need. Costs will increase if you need adjunct services like headgear and palatal expanders or orthodontic/maxillofacial surgery.

Will Insurance Pay for Adult Orthodontic Treatment?

Typically, insurance companies will only pay for orthodontic treatment for patients under 18. That isn’t the case for 100% of insurance companies, so be sure to check your policy with your insurance company to see whether they’ll cover adult orthodontics.

If your insurance covers a portion of adult orthodontic treatment or not, you’ll still be responsible for at least a portion of the treatment costs. Our team is happy to work with you to find a payment plan that works for you and your family. We even offer various outside financing options that make paying for adult orthodontic treatment even more manageable.

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Are You Ready to Finally Get the Smile of Your Dreams?

We’ve met numerous adults who didn’t get a chance to get the straight, beautiful smile they’ve always wanted with orthodontic treatment when they were younger. Just because a few decades have passed doesn’t mean you’re not a good candidate for adult orthodontics in North Long Beach. Talk to our orthodontic specialists to learn more about your treatment options.

Orthodontic Treatment Isn’t Just For Kids Anymore!

Contact Orthodontics of Bixby Knolls for more information about adult orthodontics. Fill out our online contact form or call us at (562) 414-5203. We look forward to talking to you.

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