At Doctor Smiles Orthodontics, we're proud to provide high-quality orthodontic care to patients of all ages across the Tucson, AZ area. Our orthodontist and highly trained staff work hard to get to know every patient on an individual basis, designing highly personalized treatment plans that perfectly suit each patient's unique orthodontic needs and lifestyle. We strive to make treatment as effective and convenient as possible for all our patients, whether they are children, teens, or busy adults.
It's Never Too Late
Despite what you may have heard, healthy teeth can be moved at any age. So there's no such thing as being "too old" for braces.
These days more and more adults are discovering the magic of orthodontic treatment, and it's little wonder why. A new smile provides a boost in confidence, happiness, and self-esteem that radiates through every aspect of your personal and professional life, making everything from a neighborhood barbecue to a big presentation at work easier. And with new advancements in orthodontic treatment, getting a beautiful smile has never been simpler. Modern braces are lighter, more attractive, and more comfortable than ever before. Additionally, revolutionary treatment alternatives like Invisalign offer virtually invisible ways to achieve a new smile.
Types of Orthodontic Treatment
In the past, metal braces were the only way to move teeth, but those days are gone. Today, braces are easier than ever to wear, and a myriad of alternatives exist to make getting a new smile a much more convenient process. At Doctor Smiles Orthodontics, we proudly offer a wide variety of adult orthodontic treatment options, including:
- Traditional Metal Braces: Metal braces are what most people think of when they hear the word "braces." These braces rely on a series of metal brackets and wires to slowly shift teeth into position. Despite many orthodontic innovations, metal braces remain one of the most popular orthodontic treatment options. Additionally, metal braces are now thinner and more comfortable than ever before.
- Lingual Braces: These braces are more discreet than traditional braces. Lingual braces attach to the tongue side of the teeth and are custom fit to your mouth. Since the braces are attached to the back side of your teeth, you are unable to see the metal wires and brackets that hold them together when you smile.
- Clear Braces: Clear braces use the same fundamental components as traditional metal braces. However, these brackets are made from a clear composite material instead of metal. This allows the braces to better blend in with your teeth, making them less noticeable. Clear braces tend to be a bit more fragile, but are extremely popular amongst adults because of their translucent appearance.
- Invisalign: Invisalign does away with brackets and wires altogether. This system utilizes a series of clear, removable trays called aligners to straighten teeth. Aligners can be popped in and out to eat, drink, brush your teeth, and floss. Plus, Invisalign aligners are virtually invisible when worn so no one needs to know you're straightening your smile.
When you get your braces off we know you'll be excited, but you're not quite out of the woods yet. While your teeth have moved to new positions, the ligaments, bones, and tissues supporting them have yet to adapt to their new placement. Left alone, they'll migrate back to their old positions—erasing your hard work. That’s why when your braces come off we'll fit you with a retainer that will protect your new smile and ensure you can enjoy it for years to come. Your orthodontist will give you detailed instructions about wearing and caring for your retainer when it is prescribed to you.
Contact Your Tucson Orthodontist
There's never been a better time for a new smile and a new you. To find out how adult orthodontic treatment can improve your smile and life, give Doctor Smiles Orthodontics a call at (520) 571-1756 or request an appointment online. We can’t wait to hear from you and help you build a better smile!