Adult Treatment

At FMY Orthodontics, we offer adult patients a separate, Adult Orthodontic Clinic in our Jackson office for a more professional environment.

Our doctors and staff will do our best to see you at or before your scheduled appointment time, and we use the latest treatment techniques to minimize the time you spend in braces. In fact, many adult orthodontic problems can be solved with a series of clear retainers called the Invisalign System™.

Is there an age limit for braces?

Orthodontic treatment can be successful at any age. In fact, more than 25 percent of orthodontic patients today are adults. The biological process involved in tooth movement is the same in adults and children. The health of an individual’s teeth, gums and supporting bone is what is most important in determining the prospects for improving an adult’s smile and dental health.

Can I get invisible braces?

Yes. In fact, most adults opt for ceramic appliances because they are less noticeable than traditional metal appliances. We offer state-of-the-art ceramic braces that do not discolor or break, and function just as well as their metal counterparts. However, if the thought of wearing any type of braces is holding you back from the smile you’ve always wanted, we have good news. Invisalign™ is a state-of-the-art alternative to braces that is virtually undetectable to other people. Invisalign™ straightens your teeth, not with brackets and wires, but with a series of clear, customized, removable appliances called aligners. 

Will treatment take longer because I’m an adult?

In general, treatment time is dependent on the severity of the problem, patient cooperation and jaw growth. Adult treatment may take slightly longer since adults have no jaw growth left to aid in bite correction. However, most adults are very cooperative in not breaking their appliances, maintaining good oral hygiene, and wearing auxiliaries (rubber bands, for example) as prescribed. This compliance can negate most of the increased treatment time. A comprehensive examination will allow us to estimate the time it will take to get you a healthy bite and perfect smile.