Are braces just for kids? This is a question we often hear. About 35 percent of our ortho patients are adults. We have been providing comprehensive orthodontic care for over twenty years for patients ranging from age 7-70.
Braces are often thought about in terms of only straightening crooked teeth. More importantly braces are used to obtain a healthy occlusion (the way your teeth fit together and function) which keeps your teeth and facial structures healthy for life. Chewing is the first step in the digestion process. When this is not functioning properly it makes the rest of your digestion system work harder to process your food. This can lead to indigestion and intestinal malfunctions. Overlapped and crowded teeth can lead to uneven wear, tooth fracture or even loss of a tooth. It also makes it difficult to keep areas clean, resulting in decay and in some cases gum disease.
Now more then every we know the benefit of keeping ourselves healthy. Maybe your parents couldn't afford braces when you were younger. Maybe you have put things off while taking care of your children's needs. Is it time to think about yourself? Its never to late for braces. Are you ready for a healthier you? Let our providers in Big Rapids or Mecosta evaluate your total dental needs.
For minor esthetic issues we can now use ClearCorrectTM Clear Aligners. If you’re a good candidate for clear aligners, we will take photos and x-rays, use a scanner or impressions to capture the shape of your teeth, and submit your prescription to ClearCorrect. They will make a series of aligners customized to apply pressure to the teeth that you want to move. We will then check your progress periodically and give you new sets of aligners. You’ll wear the aligners for at least 22 hours per day, progressing through each step until your treatment is done.
Clear aligners are completely transparent, which makes them much more discreet than metal braces. People usually don’t notice them. They’re not magic, however—you can see them at close range if you know what to look for. Treatment can take anywhere from a few months to a few years, depending on the complexity of the case.
The picture below is of a patient's lower arch. This patient had been through traditional orthodontics as a child; however, no lower 3x3 lingual bar was placed and the patient had stopped wearing the clear retainer at some point. As you can see, eventually there was shifting and crowding of the front teeth. This particular case took about nine months until completion.