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April 2018

Adult Ortho is On the Rise!

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adult orthodontics, Sacramento CADid you know that the American Association of Orthodontists estimates that about 27 percent of all ortho patients in America are adults? This has not always been the case. In the past, people thought braces were a thing you had done as a kid: grow up without braces, and you miss your chance forever. This is not true anymore!

Millions of people are seeing the value in straightening their teeth, and age is no longer an inhibiting factor. Part of this trend is likely due to the advent of Invisalign, which lets you straighten your teeth without adding any stainless steel to your smile. Most adults would prefer not to deal with the appearance of bracket-and-wire braces, or the dietary restrictions they require. Invisalign lets you straighten your teeth with only a slight alteration to your smile’s appearance during treatment.

Are you thinking about investing in your smile? Markham Orthodontics specializes in adult orthodontics, Sacramento CA. Call our office at 916-924-8970 for an orthodontic consultation.

The Benefits of Proper Tooth Alignment

While having a more beautiful smile is often a motivating factor, there are several health benefits to adult orthodontics. Straighter teeth are easier to keep clean, which can help you preserve the health of your teeth for life. Straighter teeth are less likely to develop gum disease and tooth decay, and make it easier to conduct restorations and treatments should those conditions develop.

Another factor is proper bite alignment. When your top and bottom teeth do not align properly, this can lead to teeth that are more fragile and more prone to cracking and worn-down enamel. Dysfunction of the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is also more common with improper bite alignment. Many people think of a popping or clicking sound when they hear “TMJ disorder,” but this condition can actually lead to painful chronic headaches and jaw pain. Straightening the teeth can help you ensure you don’t develop this painful condition.

Shorter Treatment Times

In the past, treatment timelines for braces were often measured in years. Today, things have improved so much that we measure treatment plans in months, instead. Depending on individual alignment issues, many patients can complete their treatment in as little as 12 months. (The average timeline is about 12-18 months.)

How is this possible? With Invisalign, your smile can be corrected faster than with traditional braces because the treatment plan moves faster. You get a new set of aligners every two weeks. As long as you wear the aligners for the required daily amount of 20-22 hours, you will move on to the next step in just 14 days. With braces, you must come to the office every month to have the wires tightened, and this really cannot be rushed. Because Invisalign works differently, the timeline is faster.

We also have something called accelerators you can use to speed up your treatment by up to 30-50 percent. In recent years we have discovered that subtle vibrations can be applied to the jaw to help the bone and teeth heal and respond faster to orthodontics. These painless accelerators can be purchased for home use (AcceleDent) or used in Dr. Markham’s office (Propel) to make your adult orthodontics work better and faster.

It’s Never Too Late to Fix Your Smile!

As long as your teeth are in a good state of health, it’s really never too late to straighten your teeth. In just a year or so, Dr. Markham can help take your smile from “crowded and crooked” to “balanced and symmetrical.” Our adult orthodontics, Sacramento CA, patients love the way they look when the treatment is complete and enjoy the confidence boost that a more attractive smile can bring.

Call Markham Orthodontics at 916-924-8970 to learn more about adult braces, Invisalign, and other adult orthodontics, in Sacramento CA.

Invisalign for Teens and Adults

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smiling woman showing straight teeth holding invisible aligner trayTo date, five million people have used Invisalign® to straighten their teeth and transform their smiles. Of that number, one million of them were teenagers. Invisalign® provides patients with an orthodontic option that is more comfortable than traditional braces, virtually invisible to other people and offers visible results relatively quickly.

At Markham Orthodontics, we are a Premium Preferred Invisalign® Provider and will gladly answer any questions you might have about Invisalign and whether you are a suitable candidate for the treatment. Call us at (916) 924-8970 to schedule an appointment at our Sacramento, CA dental office today.

What Is Invisalign®?

Invisalign® treatment provides patients with an orthodontic alternative to traditional braces to straighten their teeth. Using custom-designed, clear aligner trays made of SmartTrack® material, patients will gradually straighten their teeth without the discomfort of metal brackets and wires used for traditional braces. Aligner trays specifically created for each patient, usually switched for the next set every two weeks, make Invisalign truly individualized for each case.

How Does Invisalign® Work?

Invisalign® providers use special technology to create a smile scan that is an accurate, three-dimensional image of the patient’s teeth. Working with the aligner tray manufacturers, the dentist will help develop a series of clear aligner trays for each stage of the treatment process. In addition to the image developed from the scan, your dentist can show you an example of what your final, straightened smile will look like.

Once your custom aligner trays arrive at our office, we will make sure your aligners fit well and answer any questions that you have about care and use. The average number of aligner tray sets for the treatment process ranges from 18 to 30. You will wear each set of aligners for about two weeks, then replace them with the next set in your treatment series. For optimal results, you should wear your aligners all day and night, removing them only to eat, drink, brush, and floss.

Benefits of Invisalign

One of the most popular benefits of Invisalign is that it is barely noticeable to other people when you wear your aligner trays. For self-conscious teens and adults, the ability to smile without showing teeth covered in metal wires and brackets makes Invisalign® their preferred choice. Since you will remove your aligner trays when eating and drinking, you will have more freedom than you would with traditional braces to eat a variety of food. Brushing and flossing one’s teeth with Invisalign® is also much easier than having to floss between wires. With Invisalign treatment, you will only need to visit us at the dentist’s office for a checkup about once every six weeks to measure your progress. Total treatment time ranges from nine to 15 months depending on the case. Additionally, many insurance plans cover Invisalign® costs as orthodontic treatment.

Is My Orthodontic Case Treatable with Invisalign®?

For people with common orthodontic issues, Invisalign® is a great option. If you have more severe orthodontic issues, we can discuss other options during your consultation.

Common problems treatable with Invisalign include:

  • Overbite
  • Underbite
  • Crossbite
  • Crowded teeth
  • Gapped teeth

Schedule an appointment with us at Markham Orthodontics to learn more about Invisalign® and whether it is a treatment option for you. Call (916) 924-8970 to reach the team at our Sacramento, CA dental office!

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