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Enhance Your Confidence and Oral Health with Adult Orthodontics in Louisiana

Having a straight and beautiful smile is something that many adults desire. But for a long time, orthodontic treatment has been mainly associated with children and teenagers. Fortunately, adults now have the option to achieve their dream smile with the help of adult orthodontics.

At Parker Orthodontics, we believe it’s NEVER too late to straighten your smile. In fact, over half of our patients are adults!

A healthy bite is as important at 60 as it is at 16. Although most patients receive orthodontic treatment to achieve a straight smile, treatment also positively affects their overall health. Crooked, crowded teeth are hard to clean and maintain, which can negatively impact your oral health and, in some circumstances, your overall health.

According to the American Association of Orthodontists, research has shown a strong link between crooked, unhealthy teeth and periodontal disease, heart disease, stroke, and more.

A straight, healthy smile can not only help boost your self-esteem; it can also help prevent these types of diseases from occurring. Orthodontic treatment is a smart investment for your dental, physical, and emotional well-being.

Technology continues to advance in the orthodontic industry and there are always exciting new treatment options that are both effective and discreet.

Parker Orthodontics believes in staying on top of the trends and offering our patients the most advanced treatment options available on the market.

Parker Orthodontics has expertise in adult orthodontics, where we help patients achieve the smile of their dreams. Request a FREE consultation today!

How is Adult Orthodontics Different From Child Orthodontics?

The main distinction between adult orthodontics and that for children or teens is that adults have stopped growing. Treatments for adults might take a bit longer than for younger patients due to the denser bone structure in adults.

Habits like smoking, teeth clenching or grinding, or certain medications can influence the treatment results. Often, orthodontists collaborate with a patient’s regular dentist to ensure comprehensive care.

For the best dental health results, the collaboration might extend to other dental experts like oral surgeons, periodontists, and endodontists.

Common Dental Problems in Adults

  • Gum Disease: This is one of the leading dental problems for adults. Periodontitis, a severe form of gum disease, can lead to tooth loss if not treated.
  • Tooth Decay: Even adults can develop cavities, especially around old fillings or in areas of the tooth that are hard to clean.
  • Tooth Sensitivity: Many adults suffer from sensitive teeth, often triggered by hot, cold, sweet, or acidic foods and drinks.
  • Tooth Loss: Whether due to injury, decay, or gum disease, losing teeth is a concern for adults, impacting functionality and aesthetics.
  • Crowding or Spacing Issues: Teeth can shift over time, leading to spacing issues or overcrowding, which can affect bite and appearance.
  • Jaw Pain or Temporomandibular Joint Disorders (TMD): Chronic jaw pain, headaches, or popping sounds when opening or closing the mouth can indicate TMD.
  • Oral Cancer: The risk of oral cancer increases with age, especially for those who smoke or consume large amounts of alcohol.
  • Dry Mouth: Often a side effect of medications, dry mouth can increase the risk of tooth decay and gum problems.
  • Erosion: Acidic foods, certain medical conditions, and medications can wear away the tooth’s enamel, leading to sensitivity and discoloration.
  • Root Decay: The tooth roots can become exposed as gum tissue recedes, making them prone to decay.

Benefits of Adult Orthodontic Treatment

Here’s how adult orthodontic treatment can improve your oral health, boost your self-confidence, and enhance your overall quality of life.

  1. Improved Oral Health

    Adult orthodontic treatment can help to correct various dental issues, such as overcrowding, misalignment, and bite problems. By straightening your teeth and aligning your bite, orthodontic treatment can improve your oral health.

    Straight teeth are easier to clean, reducing the risk of tooth decay, gum disease, and other dental problems. A healthier mouth can also have a positive impact on your overall well-being.

  2. Enhanced Self-Confidence

    Having a smile that you feel proud of can significantly boost your self-confidence. Adult orthodontic treatment can straighten your teeth and correct any aesthetic issues, such as gaps or crooked teeth.

    As a result, you will feel more confident when smiling, speaking, or interacting with others. With increased self-confidence, you can excel in both your personal and professional life.

  3. Effective Treatment Options

    Adults often hesitate to seek orthodontic treatment due to concerns about the appearance of metal braces. However, there are now numerous discreet and convenient treatment options available.

    Parker Orthodontics offers options like clear aligners, ceramic braces, and lingual braces that are practically invisible. These options allow you to undergo orthodontic treatment without compromising your appearance.

  4. Long-Term Investment

    Investing in adult orthodontic treatment is not just a temporary fix. It provides long-term benefits for your oral health and overall well-being. Straight teeth are easier to maintain, reducing the risk of future dental problems.

    A properly aligned bite can alleviate jaw pain, headaches, and discomfort caused by temporomandibular joint (TMJ) issues. By improving your oral health and addressing underlying issues, adult orthodontic treatment is a wise investment in your long-term oral and overall health.

  5. Personalized Treatment Plans

    At Parker Orthodontics, each patient receives a personalized treatment plan tailored to their needs and goals. We take the time to understand your concerns and craft a treatment approach that will deliver the best results. This individualized attention ensures that your orthodontic journey is comfortable, efficient, and successful.

Dental Options for Adult Patients

  • Damon Clear

    A popular option among our adult patients is Damon Clear, which uses self-ligating bracket technology to gently move your teeth into place.

    Virtually invisible, Damon Clear has clear advantages over traditional braces. Damon Clear is part of the innovative Damon System of Braces, which combines tieless braces with high technology archwires that are clinically proven to move teeth fast and comfortably to achieve a spectacular smile.

    Dr. Parker is a provider of Damon Clear. Learn more about Damon braces.

  • Incognito

    woman wearing invisalignIncognito lingual braces are another popular treatment option among our adult patients. As the name suggests, this is a treatment option that is invisible because the braces are affixed BEHIND your teeth.

    Your wedding day, a new job, that big presentation, a public performance—you know a great smile can make a difference not only in your personal life but in your professional life as well.

    Learn more about Incognito braces.

  • Invisalign

    Invisalign are teeth aligners that consist of strong plastic trays that are made especially for you. Invisalign is virtually invisible. No one will know that you are straightening your teeth.

    Invisalign uses 3D computer graphics to design and manufacture these customized clear aligners. These aligners are comfortable to wear and removable so you can eat whatever you want and brush and floss your teeth normally.

    Learn more about Invisalign

Ideal Candidates: Any Adult that Needs Orthodontic Help

Consulting with Dr. Parker can help you pinpoint the right dental treatment based on your needs.

Your treatment will depend on the following factors.

  • Your Overall Dental Health

    Your teeth’s condition can tell a lot about your habits, from how often you brush your teeth to what kind of food you eat. If you spend almost all of your life not brushing that often your teeth will most likely need a lot of attention from your orthodontist.

  • Types of Orthodontic Treatments

    With advancements in orthodontic technology, there are various treatment options available for adults. Traditional metal braces are still commonly used, but there are also more discreet options, such as clear or ceramic braces. Invisalign, a popular option for adults, utilizes clear aligners that are virtually invisible and removable.

    At the end of the day, it depends on your teeth’s condition.

  • Consider Your Lifestyle

    When deciding on adult orthodontic treatment, it is essential to consider your lifestyle. The duration of treatment varies depending on the severity of your case and the type of treatment you choose.

    Traditional braces typically require a longer treatment period compared to alternatives like Invisalign. Additionally, assess if you can commit to the care and maintenance required during treatment, such as regular dental visits and proper oral hygiene practices.

  • Budget Considerations

    Cost is another factor to consider when contemplating orthodontic treatment. The price of treatment can vary based on the type of treatment and the complexity of your case. Traditional metal braces tend to be more affordable, while options such as clear braces or Invisalign may be more expensive. Consult with your orthodontist to discuss payment options and potential insurance coverage.

  • Addressing Jaw Disorders or TMJ Issues

    Orthodontic treatment is not just for cosmetic purposes; it can also address functional issues. If you are experiencing jaw pain or have been diagnosed with temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders, orthodontic treatment can help correct alignment issues and alleviate discomfort.

    Consult with an orthodontist who specializes in TMJ treatment to determine if orthodontic treatment is suitable for you.

What to Expect After Your Adult Orthodontic Treatment

After completing adult orthodontic treatment, you’ll undoubtedly be thrilled with your new and improved smile.

However, the post-treatment phase is crucial to maintaining the results and ensuring the long-term success of your orthodontic journey. Here’s what you can expect after your adult orthodontic treatment:

  • Retainers

    straight teethThe most critical post-treatment tool is the retainer. Once braces or aligners are removed, teeth have a natural tendency to shift back to their original positions. Wearing a retainer as instructed by your orthodontist will help keep your teeth in their new positions. Initially, you might need to wear it all day, but eventually, you’ll shift to wearing it only at night.

  • Slight Discomfort

    Just as you felt some discomfort when you first got your braces, you might feel a little soreness or sensitivity for a few days after they’re removed. This is normal and should subside quickly.

  • Adjustment to Bite

    Your bite might feel different after the removal of your orthodontic appliances. This sensation is typical, as you’re getting used to the new positioning of your teeth.

  • Oral Hygiene Routine

    With braces out of the way, brushing and flossing will become easier. It’s essential to continue with a thorough oral care routine to maintain your dental health and the beauty of your new smile.

  • Regular Dental Check-ups

    Regular visits to the dentist are vital to ensuring that your teeth remain clean, healthy, and free from cavities.

  • Whitening Treatment (Optional)

    Some adults choose to have a teeth-whitening treatment after their orthodontic treatment to enhance the aesthetics of their smile further.

  • Minor Tooth Movement

    Even with diligent retainer use, it’s natural for minor tooth movements to occur over time. These changes are part of the natural aging process.

  • Periodic Retainer Checks

    Your orthodontist might ask you to come in for periodic checks to ensure your retainer still fits correctly and is doing its job.

  • Boost in Confidence

    With your teeth straightened and your bite corrected, you’ll likely feel a surge in self-confidence. Many adults find their improved smile enhances their personal and professional interactions.

  • Maintenance

    Remember that the longevity of your orthodontic results largely depends on how well you adhere to post-treatment recommendations.

    While the active phase of orthodontic treatment might be over, the maintenance phase is lifelong. With proper care, attention, and regular dental visits, you can enjoy the benefits of your orthodontic treatment for years to come.

Call Parker Orthodontics

We understand that adults may also require orthodontic treatment to achieve their desired smile. Our expert orthodontists are committed to providing personalized and effective treatment options for adult patients.

Whether you are interested in traditional braces or alternative options such as Invisalign, our team is here to help.

Contact us today to schedule an appointment and take the first step toward achieving a straighter and healthier smile.