August 22, 2019

The Case For Orthodontics During Early Adulthood

Many individuals receive orthodontic treatments early in life. At the same time, these aren’t limited to helping children and teens achieve aesthetically pleasing and functional teeth. Even if you missed earlier opportunities to correct such problems, Peralta Orthodontics wants to help. As a leading local orthodontic provider in the Burien and West Seattle areas, we’re happy to show you how these and other techniques work in early adulthood orthodontic care plans. 


Many Treatment Options for Adults


According to the American Association of Orthodontics, one in every five orthodontic patients is aged 18 or older. With innovations in modern orthodontics, more treatment options are available than ever before:


  • Lightweight metal or clear ceramic braces
  • Invisalign, which relies on transparent aligner trays
  • Lingual braces, placed on the backs of teeth

Braces and aligner trays work by placing mild constant pressure on your teeth, which in turn push on the bone surrounding their roots. Each tooth then migrates, with new bone forming around the roots as their positions change. 


Factors You Should Consider


When you’re investigating orthodontic treatments, it’s important to keep a few things in mind. Even though your adult bones have stopped growing, your teeth can still be shifted into proper alignment. However, you should expect your total treatment plan to take a little longer than it would for children or teens. You may also work with a regular dentist to address any existing non-orthodontic issues with your teeth and gums. Finally, some structural issues may need to be corrected through surgery. Your orthodontist will give you an idea of what to expect during your consultation. 


Learn More From Your Orthodontist in West Seattle & Burien


Peralta Orthodontics provides the best care with innovative technologies and in a warm, welcoming environment. We offer treatment solutions for children, teens and adults throughout West Seattle, Burien, Normandy Park and surrounding communities. Start your journey toward a beautiful healthy smile by completing our appointment request form or calling our Burien office at (206) 244-7800.