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Orthodontic Treatment for Adults in Saint Louis, MO

At Embrace Our World Orthodontics, our mission is to provide world-class orthodontic treatment in a warm, welcoming office environment. Our St. Louis orthodontists work closely with each patient, designing personalized treatments that fit perfectly into each patient's unique lifestyle. We're proud to treat patients of all ages at our practice, and while the majority of our patients are teenagers getting braces for the first time, we treat many adults looking to revitalize their lives with a new smile. It's true what they say: it's never too late for a beautiful new smile!

About Adult Orthodontic Treatment

More and more adults are discovering the magic of orthodontic treatment, and there's little wonder why. A new smile provides a boost of confidence, happiness, and self-esteem that radiates through every area of your life, making adult orthodontics an attractive option for many patients. And because we can move healthy teeth at any age, you're never "too old" for a new smile!

That said, adult orthodontic treatment does come with a few differences that you'll want to keep in mind. Getting orthodontic treatment like braces when you’re younger allows your St. Louis orthodontist to take advantage of the rapid, natural development of the teeth and jaw that is also developing. As an adult, the jaws have finished developing, so we can't use growth to our advantage in the same way. This means that misalignments in the jaw structure are more difficult and take more time to correct in adult orthodontic treatment. It's still possible, but it won't be quite as easy as it is during early orthodontic treatment or adolescent orthodontics. 

Second, adults are also more likely to have some form of gum disease, which can further complicate or prevent you from getting orthodontic treatment right away. Healthy gums are vital to successful orthodontic treatment, as the gums support the teeth as your orthodontic appliances move them. Healthy gums are also important because your teeth are more vulnerable to dental decay during orthodontic treatment, so gum disease can quickly develop into a serious problem. Gum disease can lead to bone loss in your jaw over the course of orthodontic treatment, weaken the foundation for your teeth, and put the health of your smile at risk for the long-term. 

If you do suffer from gum disease, it’s recommended that you first seek treatment to improve the health of your gums before beginning orthodontic treatment. Additionally, regular dental cleanings combined with a comprehensive oral hygiene routine at home are necessary to ensure that you maintain optimal oral health during your treatment.

Types of Orthodontic Appliances

Every patient is different, and as your dedicated St. Louis orthodontist, we're proud to offer a wide range of orthodontic treatment options to help you find the ideal treatment for your lifestyle. Each of our orthodontic treatments will effectively straighten your teeth to create your perfect smile without much difference in treatment time. Each appliance comes with its own advantages and drawbacks, but your St. Louis orthodontist will work with you to help you choose the ideal treatment for your unique situation. The types of orthodontic appliances that we offer at Embrace Our World Orthodontics include:

  • Modern Metal Braces — With advances in orthodontic technology, metal braces are smaller and more comfortable than ever before. Consisting of metal brackets bonded to the teeth and connected by a thin wire, these braces are not only reliable for creating a great smile but are also the lowest cost among treatment options available.
  • Clear Braces — The metal brackets for these braces are replaced with ones made of clear ceramic, plastic, or composite material. While the brackets on these braces are less durable than their metal counterparts, they do provide a more subtle appearance as the brackets will blend in with the natural coloration of your teeth.
  • Invisalign Clear Aligners — If you prefer to not have brackets and wires attached to your teeth in the form of braces, clear aligners are the perfect alternative. Invisalign treatment uses a series of trays made from a durable, clear plastic that is designed to fit comfortably over the teeth. Invisalign trays apply small amounts of pressure just like braces to achieve your new smile. The Invisalign aligners are removable, easy to clean, and are practically invisible when worn.

Retention & Keeping Your Smile Healthy

When you get your braces off or finish with your Invisalign treatment, we know you'll be excited – but you're not quite out of the woods yet. After finishing the active phase of your treatment, you'll enter the retention phase, which is vital to the longevity of your smile. While your teeth will be in new positions after finishing treatment, the ligaments and tissues supporting the teeth won't have adjusted to these new positions. This means that without retention, your teeth will drift back to their old positions, erasing your new smile and all your hard work! Retention treatment will help your teeth "settle" into their new alignment, protecting your smile for years to come. We'll fit you for a retainer and provide detailed instructions for wearing and caring for it after removing your braces.

Schedule a Consultation with Your St. Louis Adult Orthodontists

A new smile provides a boost of confidence, happiness, and self-esteem that benefits every area of your life, and if you're ready to start towards a brand new smile of your own, we'd love to help. Reach out to us on our contact page to learn more about our St. Louis orthodontic office and the treatments we offer, or if you're ready to get started with treatment, simply request your consultation online. We can't wait to hear from you, and we look forward to helping you achieve the smile of your dreams!