Orthodontist For Adult

Did You Know?

Teeth can keep shifting well into adulthood, not just during early or teenage years. Even if you have had orthodontic treatment such as braces in the past, teeth may have eventually shifted out of place a bit. If you are looking to straighten teeth, there are now many different options for different desires.

If you think it’s too late for adult orthodontics, think again. At GDA we would be happy to show you otherwise. By consulting with our qualified team we will get you set up with an evaluation where you and one of our great orthodontists will start you on your way with treatment information and more. For more information on adult orthodontics, feel free to schedule an appointment with Dr Karanth where we can set you up with time at your convenience to evaluate your scenario. Our treatment is affordable, and we take most forms of insurance.

Common Misconceptions

I’m just too old for braces. Braces are just for teenagers

It is never too late to have the smile you have always wanted. There is no age limit for adults to undergo orthodontic treatment. Cosmetic orthodontics lets you have the perfect smile you have always wanted without putting your life on hold. Our advanced technology and new options allow you to look great throughout treatment.

Braces take too long

For some adults, cosmetic orthodontics can be completed in as little as six months. Depending upon the appliances used and the amount of movement required, treatment can be quite short in length.

I’ve already had braces; won’t they just move again?

At Gainesville Dental Arts Orthodontics we educate the importance of retention, after teeth movement, it is vital to keeping your smile beautiful. We offer 6 months to 1 year retainer check-up appointments to monitor your teeth and dental function for the rest of your life. Once your treatment is completed, Dr. Karanth will apply a fixed retainer or give you clear removable retainers which need to be worn after movement and continually monitored. Understanding your retention after orthodontic care is a protection of your investment

Crowded teeth and a "bad bite" can contribute to gum and bone loss, tooth decay, abnormal wear, headaches and jaw joint (TMJ/TMD) pain. Many orthodontic problems can be corrected as easily and as well for adults as children. Orthodontic forces move the teeth in the same way for both a 70-year-old adult and a 12-year-old child. Some factors, such as lack of jaw growth, may create special treatment

planning needs for the adult. Orthodontic treatment in adults can restore good function, increasing the health of the teeth, gums and jaw joint while improving personal appearance and self-esteem, no matter the age.

The new techniques and appliances we use greatly reduce discomfort levels, decrease the frequency of visits, and shorten treatment time. Your options may include metal braces, ceramic (tooth colored) braces, lingual braces (Incognito) or clear aligners (Invisalign) that can be worn to improve mild cases of misaligned teeth. We also can provide clear aligners as a service to our patients. This technique is basically a series of computer generated, clear, trays that fit over the teeth. The patient wears the trays ("aligners") full time except to eat, and changes them approximately every two weeks. Each tray moves the teeth a small amount. The teeth are aligned in a stepwise process.

Orthodontic treatment is for everyone and there's never been a better time to consider orthodontic treatment, at any age. It’s time to treat yourself to the beautiful, healthy, and confident smile that you deserve.

Did you know that according to the American Association of Orthodontists, one in five orthodontic patients is over the age of 21? Adult patients that choose orthodontics not only want to feel better about themselves, but they also know how important oral health is to maintaining overall physical health. The smile you have always dreamed of is now within your reach.

Are you considering orthodontic treatment as an adult? You aren’t alone! Many times adults wind up seeking orthodontic treatment to improve upon their smiles. It is never too late to better your health and start your journey toward a well-aligned set of teeth. Our experts at GDA are here to take that journey with you and dedicate our effort toward finding a treatment plan that best suits your busy life. With highly trained orthodontists, modern options, flexible payment plans, convenient office hours.

Is Orthodontic Treatment Right For Me At My Age?

You should consider orthodontics if you have crowded or spaced teeth. These are conditions that are often easily and efficiently addressed with treatment. Crowded teeth are difficult to keep clean, and this can lead to tooth decay, gum disease, bone loss, and recession. If your teeth don’t fit together properly, you may be experiencing abnormal wear on your teeth or even jaw joint problems.

Any concern that you feel is not giving you your best smile is a reason to see Dr. Karanth. You deserve to feel confident each and every day, and a beautiful, healthy smile is one sure way to help you feel your best.

What Are My Options?

With today’s technology, treatment is more efficient and comfortable than ever before. Our treatment plans are customized for each patient, and our caring team is sensitive to the needs of our adult patients. Though we offer the traditional silver braces, you may prefer a less noticeable esthetic option. We're here to discuss the best option for you.

You may even be a candidate for Invisalign. With Invisalign, even your closest family and friends may never know you are in treatment. Dr. Karanth is a Provider of Invisalign.

How Long Will My Treatment Last?

Though treatment times vary, the average is about 24 months. This may be different from what you experienced when your child had braces. There are a few reasons for this. As an adult, your jaws are no longer growing, and there may be other factors to consider such as bone loss and recession. Though rare, sometimes we may need to discuss additional procedures like orthognathic surgery to correctly align your jaw.

You may be missing teeth, and we must consult with additional specialists to determine the best course of care. Rest assured, Dr. Karanth and the team are here to provide you with the very best result and experience with respect, care and understanding.

Benefits Of Adult Treatment

A smile sets you apart from others. Many great first impressions can be made with a beautiful smile. When it comes to life’s magical moments such as laughing with loved ones, celebrating a birthday, helping a stranger, petting a puppy, or something more; your smile should be reflective of what you feel inside. Not only does a smile add aesthetic value to your face, but a smile also portrays a feeling of warmth to all those around you. There is no shortage of confidence that exudes from a wonderful smile. When it comes to the health of your mouth, a straighter smile may be more important than you think. Alignment and spacing of teeth can play a big role in your ability to care for teeth well. Orthodontic intervention can seriously help the health of your mouth. By providing an accessible surface to clean and maintain teeth, you can better care for your mouth to resultantly see and feel better results. Some of the positive ways orthodontic treatment can affect you might include:

  • Higher self-esteem
  • Perfect alignment of teeth
  • Perfect spacing of teeth
  • Elimination of overbite or underbite
  • Elimination of open bite
  • A higher function of teeth
  • Better facial aesthetics
  • Healthier Teeth And Gums