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Your smile. It’s one of the most common things we take for granted as adults. We were all taught just how to take care of our smiles when we were children. And those habits have stuck with us for decades.

 

According to the most recent estimate from the American Association of Orthodontists, adults over the age of 18 male up one in three of all orthodontist visits in North America. And the need to make a good first impression has never been more critical than in 2020. But adult orthodontic care is about more than just properly brushing and flossing your teeth each day. It’s not just about cosmetic appearances. It’s about the health and strength of your teeth.

 

As we get older, our teeth are subject to a much greater amount of stress and wear than we had as children. The potential for gum decay, impacted or chipped teeth, bruising and overcrowding becomes significantly more pronounced over the age of 18. The result isn’t just an unsightly smile. It can mean a painful smile; one that can turn even everyday tasks like chewing properly into a burden.

 

But adult orthodontic care doesn’t necessarily mean expensive and tedious dental visits. And it can help turn your smile from an embarrassment into confidence.  Here are some of the more common orthodontic issues facing many adults.

 

Shifting Teeth

 

It’s no secret that our bodies change as we grow older. Metabolism can decrease and youthful resilience and buoyancy can lead to sluggishness and inertia quicker than we think. But what you may not know is that our teeth can change just as rapidly as our bodies., with a once-perfect smile now transformed into crooked and shifting teeth. It’s not unheard of for many adults to wear retainers. But unfortunately, the vast majority of them need to be changed every few years to accommodate further displacement.

Tooth Crowding and Tooth Loss

 

Most Americans over a particular age are aware that bone density loss can present a dramatic problem. Few, however, are aware that bone density loss in the jaw is one of the more common forms and tends to be even more common in individuals who have been previously diagnosed with osteoporosis. Density loss leads to a mismatched jawbone, often resulting in overcrowding of the bottom teeth and tooth loss in many cases.

Malocclusion

 

Malocclusion is a jaw disorder that occurs due to a misalignment of the upper and lower jaws, resulting in excessive tooth grinding, painful sinus headaches and flashes of sharp pain in the joints of your jaw. It’s common for many patients suffering from malocclusion to have severe difficulty chewing and digesting food, which can lead to dramatic shifts in both their metabolism as well as their immune systems.

How Adult Orthodontic Treatment Can Help

 

Adult orthodontic treatment isn’t merely for cosmetic reasons. And it doesn’t take the place of regular dental checkups. Orthodontic treatment for adults is a corrective treatment that can reverse serious oral health problems which could otherwise result in displacement, decay, and outright loss.

 

While the average orthodontic visit is somewhat lengthier for adults than children, state of the art technologies like Invisalign® and other forms of clear braces don’t just result in a great smile. They can actually help keep your teeth and gums in perfect condition, combating disease, and common jaw disorders which can from the natural effects of age.

 

But adult orthodontic care gives back more than just oral care. It gives you back your confidence. It gives you back your vitality. And while no treatment will ever be a fountain of youth, adult orthodontic treatment gives the world back something even more valuable. Your smile.

 

With four separate locations throughout southern Utah and Nevada, Burke & Beckstrom are simply a smile and a call away. Find out more about adult orthodontic treatments at Burke & Beckstrom Orthodontics.

Here at Burke + Beckstrom Orthodontics, we want you to get the very most out of your Invisalign experience. That’s why we’ve compiled 4 helpful suggestions that will allow you to maximize the effectiveness of your treatment!

 

 

1 – Wear your aligners for 22 hours a day.

 

 

Dr. Burke and Dr. Beckstrom recommend that you wear your Invisalign aligners for at least 22 hours every day. Doing so will allow the technology to effectively and successfully shift your teeth to their new home. The only reason your aligners should be out is when you eat, brush your teeth, and floss. Be sure to replace them as soon as you complete one of those activities. In case you were wondering, your aligners should also be worn while you sleep because your teeth can shift and cause your overall treatment time to take longer than expected.

 

 

2 – Keep your aligner trays clean.

 

 

Similar to traditional braces, Invisalign aligners need to be cleaned constantly. Be sure to brush your aligners both morning and night. This will allow for any leftover food to be cleaned out and will help your teeth have that nice “invisible” look you love!

 

 

3 – Always brush your teeth after meals.

 

 

Not only is it important to clean and brush your Invisalign aligners, but it is absolutely vital to clean and brush your own teeth too! Doing so will prevent any food from getting stuck in your trays which will prevent any possible tooth decay. It also helps to keep your trays fitting properly so your treatment is smooth as butter. 

 

 

4 – Use your aligner case.

 

 

This may seem like a small thing but it will save you so much time and money! Whenever you have to take your Invisalign trays out, but sure to place them in their case until you put them back in again. This will help to prevent any accidents where your trays could be lost or thrown in the trash.

 

We hope these 4 tips help you to maximize your Invisalign treatment! Do you want to start your own Invisalign treatment for yourself? Stop by our office for a free consultation and learn why Burke + Beckstrom Orthodontics is named Invisalign’s premier provider for Southern Utah. Call us today at 435-673-3334.

Burke and Beckstrom Cedar City Office

Have you heard the big news? Burke and Beckstrom Orthodontics now has a location in Cedar City, Utah! 

 

Known as Festival City, Cedar City, is home to one of the five locations for Burke and Beckstrom Orthodontics. Cedar City is the bridge for many communities in Southern Utah, allowing easy access to treatment from all locations. Our beautiful, state-of-the-art office is surrounded by the great outdoors and is located in the heart of Cedar City.

 

We are beyond thrilled to bring the best in orthodontic treatment to this incredible city, and we are grateful to be a part of this community. 

 

Don’t wait, schedule your next appointment at our Cedar City office today! (435) 865-9111

Learn more about Burke + Beckstrom Orthodontics here: https://burkeandbeckstromortho.com/about/