Adult Treatment Specialist

Desert Ridge Orthodontics

Orthodontics located in Phoenix, AZ

Orthodontics is a practice that is often dedicated to children and teenagers. At Desert Ridge Orthodontics at Phoenix, Dr. Michael Papademetriou and Dr. Catherine Smith understand that, in 2019, over 25% of orthodontic patients are adults. The practice offers comprehensive orthodontic treatments for adults who wish to adjust and perfect their smile. Go online or call the office today to learn more about treatment options.

Adult Treatment Q & A

What is adult orthodontics?

It’s often believed that orthodontic treatment only applies to children and teenagers. This common misconception has led to many adults not receiving proper care.

Dr. Papademetriou and Dr. Smith understand that there’s no age limit for braces, though adults interested in orthodontic treatment should have healthy enough teeth to withstand the treatment of their choice.

What issues does adult orthodontics address?

Since adults no longer have to worry about the growth of permanent teeth, adult orthodontics addresses issues that they’ve either carried with them throughout their lives or problems that they had not yet developed as children.

Dr. Papademetriou and Dr. Smith offer orthodontic treatments related to:

  • Insufficient bone matter between roots
  • Preparation for restorations (ie. implants)
  • Orthognathic surgery
  • Aging gum tissue and mild infections
  • Malocclusion and bite correction
  • Abnormal jaw pain
  • Crooked teeth
  • Tooth extraction issues
  • Incomplete teen orthodontic treatment

Each type of treatment affects adults differently. Your orthodontist at Desert Ridge Orthodontics works with you to identify the best solutions to resolving your dental issues once and for all.

What are common orthodontic treatment options for adults?

Adults require different kinds of orthodontic treatments by nature of the public-facing responsibilities that make up their daily lives. In most cases, adults don’t want metal braces later in life, and this is a good enough reason for them to abstain from proper dental care.

Desert Ridge Orthodontics offers aesthetically unobtrusive treatment options including:

  • Clear braces
  • Ceramic braces
  • Self-ligating braces
  • Lingual braces (behind the teeth)
  • Invisible braces, such as clear aligners

How long do adult orthodontic treatments last?

The length of adult orthodontic treatments varies greatly and depends on your specific needs.

Typically, comprehensive orthodontic treatment can take anywhere from 12-18 months, though with Wilckodontics®, you might get the results you want in fewer than eight months.

In most cases, adults seek orthodontic care because of a cosmetic issue. In this case, treatment will take less time. Dr. Papademetriou and Dr. Smith work with you to determine exactly how to meet your expectations and get you the smile and dental health you deserve.

Once they’ve studied your dental and family histories, as well as your current dental health, they determine which treatment is the best for you and how long it will take to complete.

Desert Ridge Orthodontics doesn’t recognize age as a barrier for proper orthodontic care. 45% of our patients are adults. Call or go online today to book an appointment.