Despite what you may think, you're never too old to improve the health and beauty of your smile. More and more adults are seeking orthodontic care to achieve straighter, brighter teeth and the confidence that comes with them. To accommodate adult patients who are looking for ways to receive the ortho care they didn't get as a child or teenager, board-certified orthodontist Dr. Michael Ashcraft is happy to provide comprehensive care and a range of treatments to address issues that plague even grown-ups, such as an overbite, underbite, and crooked or gapped teeth. Because jawbone development is often completed by the time a patient reaches adulthood, we use different methods at Ashcraft Orthodontics Jacksonville to reposition the teeth and create a smile you'll enjoy showing off. To find out if adult ortho treatment is right for you, contact our Jacksonville, AR office today.
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Although many children and teens are lucky enough to receive vital orthodontic care while they're young, this does not mean that adult patients are incapable of benefiting from ortho services as well. In fact, a growing number of adults are beginning to seek out orthodontic care later in life to achieve the straight smile they've always wanted. With advances in recent equipment and technology, improving the health and beauty of your smile can be subtle and barely noticeable. The best candidates for adult orthodontic treatment are those who have:
- An overbite
- An underbite
- A crossbite
- Protruding teeth
- Crooked or rotated teeth
- Excessive or overlarge gaps in the teeth
- Overcrowding in the mouth
What to Expect
To create your customized orthodontic treatment plan, one of our ortho assistants will administer digital x-rays and impressions to get a comprehensive view of your mouth. Once these have been taken, Dr. Ashcraft will personally evaluate the condition of your teeth, jaw, and profile. With new technology and devices emerging regularly, you will have many options for improving the quality of your jaw and teeth alignment. Typically, adult orthodontic plans include Invisalign or clear teeth aligners, but traditional metal braces may also be considered, depending on your preferences, goals, and unique situation. We will go over the pros and cons of each of your options and help you decide the best alternative to achieve the straight and healthy smile you want.
Whether you receive traditional metal braces, Invisalign, clear aligners, or another treatment to improve the quality of your teeth and bite, you must be sure to attend necessary follow-up appointments. During these appointments, Dr. Ashcraft will be able to adjust your wires as needed, order new trays if required, and monitor the overall condition of your mouth. Keeping an at-home oral maintenance routine will be crucial to preserving the health of your teeth so a member of our team will go over care instructions with you. If you have a history of gingivitis or gum disease, you may require more frequent cleanings. Continuing to see your general dentist 1 – 2 times a year will be important as well. Once the active phase of your treatment is over, we will take impressions of your teeth and create a retainer to be worn in the months or years following.
If you are seeking orthodontic treatment as an adult, your services may or may not be covered by dental insurance, depending on your plan. To assess your coverage, a member of our team will contact your provider to determine your benefits. For any out-of-pocket costs, our Jacksonville, AR office accepts a variety of payments, including our own in-house payment plans and medical financing through CareCredit. It's important that each of our patients has access to the care they deserve so please talk to our team if you have any questions or concerns.
A Smile To Show Off
Even if you missed out on receiving proper orthodontic care are a child or teenager, that doesn't mean you have to deal with crooked teeth, bite problems, or issues with your jaw. A straighter, healthier smile can be achieved at any age. Our team at Ashcraft Orthodontics Jacksonville is proud to offer a range of services for younger and older patients alike. Contact our Jacksonville, AR office to schedule your long-awaited consultation with experienced orthodontist Dr. Michael Ashcraft.