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Top 5 Reasons to Get Orthodontic Treatment as an Adult

By Dr. Scott Frey

 

  1. Stay Competitive. 
    Your smile is your calling card and in an increasingly competitive market it helps to have a great one.  More and more adults looking for an edge in the jobs market today are investing in themselves.  They want to look the part and make an impression.  A great smile is a big part of this and studies have even shown that a better smile can lead to better earning potential.

     
  2. Look Younger. 
    The position of the teeth and the smile serve an important role in aging of the face.  As we age we show less of our upper teeth when we smile, tooth wear alters the youthful proportions of our teeth, teeth yellow, and the soft tissues of the face begin to sag as they become less supported.  An esthetic orthodontist is able to enhance the facial appearance and reverse signs of aging through orthodontic treatment alone or through coordinat with other dental and medical professionals.  The changes can be dramatic.
     
  3. Invisalign.
     Invisalign vs Braces
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    visalign’s clear tooth aligners have had a huge impact on orthodontic treatment since 1998 and the technology has only gotten better.   Not only are they practically invisible while they are straightening teeth, but they don’t interfere with your lifestyle.  With Invisalign, it is important to understand that there is a wide range of experience levels out there; make sure that you locate the most experienced Invisalign providers in your area by using Invisalign’s Doctor Locator.  If you need help making sense of their map, we put together a handy guide to finding an Invisalign provider.  As the leading provider of Invisalign in the Lehigh Valley, we can tell you that experience makes a huge difference in whether you are considered a candidate for treatment and in the results that can be achieved with Invisalign. Also beware of knock-off clear aligner products that are being offered.  Braces have also changed and when are appropriate to achieve the goals you have for your smile, they are far from the same mouthful of metal that they were years ago.  There are now completely clear custom braces that are barely noticeable and straighten teeth quickly. 
     
  4. Accelerated Orthodontics.  Acceledent
    Orthodontic treatment has only gotten faster and better and now there are specific accelerated orthodontic options available to patients.  One such option, Acceledent, is an intraoral appliance that uses pulsating, low magnitude vibratory forces to speed bone remodeling and accelerate tooth movement.  All you have to do is bite into it 20 minutes a day and you’ll be showing off your new smile before you know it.

     
  5. Goopy Impressions are Gone. 
    The advent of intraoral scanners has nearly done away with all of the goopy, gaggy impressions that have been a part of orthodontic treatment.  Not only are these digital scans far more convenient for patients, but they are also much more accurate too.  We were the first office to incorporate this technology in the Lehigh Valley and I cannot tell you how much people have loved it.

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