Adult Orthodontics

Adult Orthodontics services offered in Arcadia CA

Nowadays, about 1 in 4 orthodontic patients is an adult. If you have a malpositioned jaw or crowded teeth, adult orthodontics can restore balance to your smile and encourage optimal oral health. At Kaitlin McClure Orthodontics, Dr. Kaitlin McClure offers care to adults to provide long-lasting treatment outcomes. To make an appointment at the practice in Arcadia, California, call the office or request one online today.

What is adult orthodontics?

Adult orthodontics uses custom oral appliances, like traditional braces, retainers, or Invisalign® removable aligners, to improve the position of your teeth and bite. When your teeth are in alignment, they’re easier to clean. As a result, you’re less likely to experience oral health problems like tooth decay, gum disease, and bad breath.

What types of issues can adult orthodontics treat?

At Kaitlin McClure Orthodontics, Dr. McClure uses orthodontics to treat various issues, including:

  • Crooked teeth
  • Crowded teeth
  • Spacing between teeth
  • A misaligned or malpositioned bite
  • Open bite
  • Crossbite
  • Overbite
  • Underbite

Dr. McClure is also trained to coordinate more complex cases alongside oral surgeons, periodontists, and prosthodontists should your jaw alignment, oral health, or gum health be compromised.

How is adult orthodontics different from traditional orthodontics?

Adult orthodontics is distinct because adults have fully formed jaws and all of their permanent teeth. Often, that results in longer treatment times and the need for more specialized care by other oral health professionals, like periodontists, prosthodontists, or endodontists.

Additionally, taking certain prescription medications, grinding your teeth, or smoking can affect your treatment outcomes. Dr. McClure takes these and other factors into account before developing a custom treatment plan that aligns with your needs.

What is multidisciplinary orthodontics?

Multidisciplinary orthodontics combines traditional orthodontic treatment with the expertise of other oral health care professionals.

Many adults experience oral health problems outside of crooked teeth or a malpositioned jaw. By providing multidisciplinary care, Dr. McClure can transform the appearance of your smile while also encouraging optimal oral health. When your teeth and gums are healthy, orthodontic treatment is quicker and easier.

Another function of multidisciplinary orthodontics is to make room in your mouth for restorative procedures like dental implants. You might also benefit if your teeth need to be repositioned before receiving a dental crown or undergoing a gum graft.

What adult orthodontic services are offered?

At Kaitlin McClure Orthodontics, Dr. McClure offers adult orthodontic services, including:

How long does treatment with adult orthodontics take?

Adult orthodontic treatment can take anywhere from six months to a few years. The length of time you need to wear braces or other orthodontic appliances depends on the severity of the issues addressed and your commitment to Dr. McClure’s treatment plan.

When you’re finished wearing braces or oral aligners, you transition to a retainer. A retainer is a custom orthodontic appliance that prevents your teeth from shifting out of their new position.

To see if you can benefit from adult orthodontics, make an appointment at Kaitlin McClure Orthodontics by calling the office or requesting one online today.

*Individual results may vary.