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October 2018

You’re Never “Too Old” for Ortho

By Blog, Braces, Invisalign, Orthodontics

closeup photo of African-American man wearing Invisalign trayAre you considering adult orthodontics in Sacramento, CA? If so, our team at Markham Orthodontics can shed some light on the subject. Many of our adult patients worry that they are too old to undergo orthodontic treatment. Today, we will discuss age and orthodontics and explain why you’re never too old to achieve the smile you desire.

To learn more about your treatment options, contact Markham Orthodontics at (916) 924-8970. We will listen to your concerns and design a customized treatment plan to meet your needs.

Age and Orthodontics

In decades past, braces were primarily used for children and teens. However, research has proven the benefits of orthodontic treatment on bite function and overall oral health. As a result, more and more adults are considering this option. Fortunately, there is no upper age limit for braces. Therefore, adults of any age can achieve a straighter, healthier, more beautiful smile.

Other Considerations for Adult Orthodontics

There are a few factors that determine candidacy for adult orthodontics in Sacramento, CA. For example, you may not be eligible for this treatment if you have:

  • Old extraction sites: If you had one or more teeth extracted in the past, the remaining socket may or may not be an ideal site for tooth movement. In some cases, this issue can be resolved by placing a bone graft in the area before treatment begins.
  • Extensive tooth decay: If you have several cavities, Dr. Markham may recommend that you have restorative work performed first. Once your teeth are healthy and stable, we can begin orthodontic treatment.
  • Periodontal disease: Any gingivitis or gum disease must be addressed prior to orthodontic treatment. Gum disease erodes the bone around the teeth roots. If we attempted to move the teeth, they could become loose or fall out. Gum treatments can be performed to eliminate infection and prepare you for braces.
  • A high risk for resorption: Root resorption is a condition in which the body reabsorbs the teeth roots. Generally, adults have a much higher risk than children. If you have small roots, or a family history of resorption, you may not qualify for orthodontic treatment.

Orthodontic Options for Adults

If you are thinking about adult orthodontics in Sacramento, CA, there are several options. At our practice, Dr. Markham commonly recommends these treatments for our adult patients:

  • Traditional braces: Probably what you imagine when you think of braces, these conventional appliances move the teeth over time using metal brackets, wires, and bands. Though this option is noticeable to others, we can use clear or tooth-colored elastics for a more discreet appearance. Traditional braces are often recommended for patients with severe or complex orthodontic issues.
  • Invisalign®: One of the most popular treatment alternatives for our adult patients is Invisalign. This innovative system moves the teeth into their desired positions using a series of clear, removable plastic trays. Virtually invisible, this option is barely noticeable to others. In fact, most people will not even realize you are undergoing treatment.

Are there limitations to adult orthodontics?

Because of the developmental differences between children and adults, some adult patients may require oral surgery to fully correct their orthodontic issues. In general, braces or Invisalign can address a wide range of misalignment problems. However, if there are skeletal issues involved, surgical intervention may be an option. During a visit with Dr. Markham, he can help you determine the right treatment option for your needs.

Learn More about Adult Orthodontics in Sacramento, CA

If you’re over the age of 18 and you desire a straighter smile, consider what adult orthodontics in Sacramento, CA can do for you. To learn more, request an appointment online or call us at (916) 924-8970.

Why Choose Markham Orthodontics for Your Ortho Treatment?

By Blog, Invisalign, Orthodontics

ortho treatmentMaking the decision to pursue orthodontic treatments can be a life-changing event. Whether you are an adolescent or a mature adult, taking the steps toward having a healthier and more beautiful smile can change how you interact with the world. If you are considering braces or clear aligner orthodontics for yourself or a family member, you should take the time to choose your provider carefully.

Are you considering ortho treatment, Sacramento CA? Visit Markham Orthodontics to find out what makes our practice special. Our caring staff wants to help you achieve your best smile, and we will make sure you have a positive journey towards greater oral health.Contact Markham Orthodontics at (916) 924-8970 to meet our staff at one of our three office locations.

Why Choose a Specialist for Ortho Treatment?

As you probably know, it’s not 100 percent necessary to choose an orthodontist. Many general dentists are trained in providing orthodontics to their patients, and many are very skilled in this process. So, why do so many patients choose orthodontists? Why do so many dentists refer their patients to us?

When a dentist chooses to specialize in orthodontics, he or she acquires additional training that makes them better prepared to deal with the unique factors of individual cases. We learn more about the way that teeth move, the underlying bone beneath those teeth, and long-term prospects for proper tooth alignment. When ortho treatments are the bulk of our business, we see far more cases than general dentists, and learn more about how individual factors affect your care. No two mouths are exactly alike, but when you choose an orthodontic specialist, you increase the odds that your care provider will have more experience with cases like yours.

Customized Care for Your Needs

For adult patients especially, it can be confusing when trying to decide whether you want to pursue traditional braces or clear aligners. Both systems are excellent choices, but they will impact your life in different ways. Some treatments are better suited to specific alignment problems, so you really want an experienced practitioner who understands the different capabilities of ortho treatments.

When you visit Markham Orthodontics, we will take the time to assess your oral health and tooth alignment, take x-rays, and write up a formal diagnosis of your alignment issues. From there, we will explain the results you can realistically expect from traditional or clear braces, so you can make an informed decision.

We can also help you decide whether you want to enhance your treatment with orthodontic accelerators. These devices can shorten treatment times, by encouraging the teeth and underlying bone to adapt faster to the pressure exerted by the braces or aligners. Many patient can complete their treatment plans in as little as half the predicted timeline with the use of these devices.

Visit Markham Orthodontics Today

Visit Dr. David Markham to see first-hand the Markham Orthodontics difference. We love to see our patients’ new and improved smiles take form over many months, and we love to see how renewed confidence improves the quality of your life. Both of our orthodontists have followed their calling by specializing in this field, and nothing brings them greater pleasure than seeing their patients feel stronger, healthier, and more attractive–as a result of their smile transformations.

Markham Orthodontics currently has three offices that provide ortho treatment: Natomas (Sacramento, CA) (916) 924-8970, Gold River (916) 635-5400, and Auburn (530) 823-8771. Contact the office most convenient to you to find out more about our unique approach to patient care. You can also request an appointment online for faster service.