It’s never too late to have a smile you love! At any age, we should feel confident in our smile. Poor alignment, pain, or decay from overcrowding are all problems you might suffer; they are also all problems that can be corrected. With the latest treatments and technology, we can transform your smile and your life.
Can adults have orthodontic treatment?
Each year our practice has been open, we have seen more and more adult patients. One reason for this is that the treatments are more efficient and more comfortable than in the past. However, an even bigger reason for this is that the treatments we can offer now are more esthetically pleasing and discreet than they were in the past. Even if you had braces when you were a kid, things have changed for the better and Dr. Delplanche treats patients from age 7 all the way to 97!
What are some of the benefits for an adult to have orthodontic treatment?
There are many benefits of orthodontic treatment for adults which can include:
- Aligning the teeth to create a more esthetic and beautiful smile
- Correcting relapse after previous orthodontic treatment
- Improving the ability to brush and floss, especially for crowded or overlapping lower front teeth
- Creating a better or more comfortable bite and ability to chew
- Addressing missing teeth
- Closing spaces between the teeth
- Reducing excessive wear on the teeth due to grinding or poor bite
- Jaw surgery to correct discrepancy between the upper and lower jaws
How often do I need to come in for appointments?
With options such as clear braces and Invisalign, most patients need to come in for appointments only every 8-12 weeks. We want to take up less of your time to allow you to do more of the things you love!
Do I still see my dentist while in orthodontic treatment?
Yes! In fact, it is even more important to visit the dentist regularly while in orthodontic treatment. Patients in braces may notice food be caught in places that their toothbrush cannot reach as well as they are used to. This can cause bacteria to build up and can lead to cavities, gingivitis, and gum disease. We will work with your dentist to help make sure your teeth stay clean and healthy.
What is the difference between a dentist and an orthodontist?
Orthodontists start out as dentists and go on to attend an additional 2.5-3 years of full-time orthodontics residency to study dentofacial orthopedics or how to correct tooth issues related to misaligned teeth. Dr. Delplanche is also a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics, which is an advantage when choosing an orthodontist. This is a credential that only about one third of all orthodontists have acquired.
What about retainers?
In general, retainers should be worn to keep teeth aligned properly after orthodontic treatment. Dr. Delplanche will discuss with you the different types of retainers we offer and the advantages of each one and recommend the best one for your unique treatment plan. Most of our patients wear their retainers at night-time only, and we can help you make wearing your retainer a part of your dental health routine.
Do I need to brush my teeth more often if I have braces or aligners?
With braces, you will need to brush your teeth at least three times a day to keep your teeth, gums, and mouth healthy and clean. Brushing regularly will help remove any food that may be caught between the braces. You should also floss daily to get in between your braces where your brush is not able to reach. We can show you how to properly brush and floss once your braces are placed. This is the same if you are in Invisalign aligner treatment as you would want to have clean teeth when you are wearing your aligners, otherwise you may cause damage to your teeth and gums.
No more hiding your smile in photos or covering your mouth when you laugh. It’s the perfect time to feel confident in your smile. Schedule a complimentary consultation today with Dr. Delplance and get ready to love your smile!
Dr Delplanche and his staff are wonderful! I love that we can share our witty humor and laugh - that really puts me at ease and makes me confident in my ability to communicate with any professional. Don't let the humor fool you, Doc and his team are VERY knowledgeable and good at what they do. Highly recommend!
- Abby C.
I had an amazing experience with Dr Delplanche and his staff members. They changed my life in such a positive way! Kell, his assistant was always so kind and patient. You can tell she loves what she does. His entire staff was always so welcoming. Dr Delplanche genuinely cares for his patients and it shows. I went from never wanting to smile to always wanting to smile now! My teeth look amazing!! Thank you for everything! I'm forever grateful!
- James G.
Dr. Delplanche is very thorough and creates care plans to accommodate each patient's needs to achieve their individual goals. I appreciate the detail at which he explains everything so I felt I could make a very informed decision. Would definitely recommend!
- Hailey O.