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Parents are no longer taking the back seat while their kiddos get the benefits of orthodontic treatment. With one-in-three orthodontic patients are over the age of 18, the number of adults seeing the Orthodontist is at an all time high. Experts believe this trend is likely to continue over the years. WHY?

Orthodontic Treatment Works

Orthodontic treatment is just as effective for adults as children. Healthy teeth can be moved at any age because it is the same physiological process.  Depending on the complexity of the case, as well as what the patient wants to achieve, a short-term touch up can take as little as several months while comprehensive treatment can take much longer. Dr. Shaw will customize your smile according to your preferences, and you don’t require a referral from a dentist.

Having Orthodontic treatment does not have to be noticeable to others.

Advances in orthodontics have made treatment more comfortable and less noticeable than ever. Many of today’s treatment options are designed to minimize the appearance of the appliance to better fit any lifestyle.  Options include clear aligners and tooth-colored braces.

Because not every appliance is suitable for every kind of orthodontic problem, Dr. Shaw will be able to determine which type is right for the best result possible.

It’s more than a beautiful smile.

Yes, straight teeth are attractive and create confidence, but there is more to it.

Leaving misaligned teeth untreated may lead to other dental problems such as tooth decay, gum disease, abnormal wearing of tooth enamel and difficulty chewing. We are living longer than ever before, and healthy teeth are therefore more important than ever.  Adults are taking note and prioritizing their dental health.

Thank you to the AAO for providing this information.

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