Adult Treatment

Quality Orthodontic Treatment in Bismarck & Dickinson, ND

At Hollevoet Orthodontics, we strive to provide high quality orthodontic care to patients of all ages in Bismarck, Dickinson, and the surrounding areas. Dr. Hollevoet and our highly trained team of orthodontic specialists work hard to treat every patient individually, designing personalized treatment plans that perfectly suit each patient's unique orthodontic needs. But while you may think that orthodontic treatment is something that's "just for kids," think again - a surprising number of adults at our office are discovering the benefits of a new smile.

Adult orthodontic treatment.

It's Never Too Late

In fact, over a quarter of our patients are adults! But when you think about it, it's not hard to see why. A beautiful, straight smile comes with a host of functional, aesthetic, and even psychological benefits, and modern treatments are more comfortable and discreet than ever before. Truly, there's never been a better time for orthodontic treatment!

While some people may think they're "too old" for orthodontic treatment, the truth is that we can move healthy teeth at any age - so it's never too late for a healthy smile. That said, adult treatment differs from adolescent treatment in two ways: first, the jaws have finished developing in adults, so we can't change them in the same way we can for children. Second, periodontal (gum) disease is far more prevalent in adults than in children. Healthy gums are a prerequisite to moving healthy teeth, so this just means that before performing any form of orthodontic treatment, we'll need to take care to ensure any signs of gum disease are treated.

Types of Orthodontic Appliances

All orthodontic treatments do more or less the same thing: they apply gentle, finely calibrated forces to the teeth over a long period of time. As this force continuous, the teeth slowly move themselves through the ligaments, tissues, and bones of the mouth until they assume new positions in the smile. But while the process is essentially the same, the ways of accomplishing it differ.

Traditional Metal Braces.

Traditional Metal Braces: This is what most people think of when they hear the word "braces." Composed of stainless steel brackets attached to the front of teeth and a thin archwire running through the brackets, traditional metal braces offer a cost-effective, durable, and reliable solution for a new smile.

Clear Braces.Clear Braces: These use the same parts and principles of regular braces, but instead of stainless steel, they use an acrylic composite material that matches the coloring of the teeth. This makes them aesthetically appealing, but they're also more fragile than traditional braces and more prone to staining.

Clear Orthodontic Aligners.

Invisalign: Invisalign does away with metal brackets and wires altogether, instead using a series of clear, invisible plastic trays, called aligners, to straighten teeth. The aligners are virtually invisible when worn, and they can be popped in and out to eat, drink, brush, or floss - so almost no one will know you're straightening your teeth, you can still enjoy your favorite foods, and maintaining oral hygiene is a breeze!

Lingual Braces.Lingual Braces: Lingual braces use the same concept of traditional braces, but instead of being bonded to the front of teeth, lingual braces have brackets bonded to the back side (tongue side) of your teeth. This means they're truly invisible from the outside, but they take more getting used to and are somewhat more expensive than traditional braces.

Post Treatment Care

When we finally take your braces off, we know you’ll be relieved - but you're not quite out of the woods yet! Now comes the retention phase, and it's critical to the health and longevity of your new smile. Without a retainer, your teeth will just drift back to their old positions, leaving you with the same smile you started with. To prevent this, we'll fit you with a retainer after taking your braces off. Once you receive it, we'll give you detailed instructions for wearing and caring for it. With care and conscientious use, your retainer will make your new smile last for years to come.

Contact Your Devils Lake & Dickinson, ND Orthodontist

Have more questions about your treatment or want to come in for an appointment? We'd love to help! Feel free to call us at 1-800-727-2402, reach out to us at our contact page, or use our easy online form to schedule an appointment at one of our three offices. We can't wait to hear from you, and we look forward to helping you achieve and maintain a beautiful, healthy smile no matter what your age or stage of life!

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