Adult Treatment

Great Orthodontic Care For All Adult Patients

The patients we see at Blooming Smiles range from young children having their first checkup with their local Northridge and Woodland Hills orthodontist to adults seeking treatment for a range of orthodontic concerns. If you have struggled with jaw pain, uneven wear on enamel, difficulty chewing, and other symptoms of malocclusions (misaligned bite) then orthodontic treatment is an ideal solution. Some adults do not experience pronounced symptoms but are dissatisfied with the appearance of their smile. There are treatments available for every orthodontic concern. We want you to feel happy, confident, and healthy for life. 


The Benefits Of Adult Treatment 

Adults deserve straight teeth and a healthy bite just as much as children do. Correcting misalignments can significantly improve oral health and give self-esteem a considerable boost. There are several treatment options available. Adult orthodontic patients in and around Northridge and Woodland Hills seeking Invisalign or traditional braces will find exactly what they need here at Blooming Smiles. Each type of braces is a little different, although all deliver exceptional treatment results. Patients might choose their preferred type based on several factors:

  • Effectiveness treating specific conditions: Some malocclusions are best treated with one type of brace over another. For instance, standard wire braces can be used to treat virtually any malocclusion while the Invisalign system works best with a particular spectrum of concerns.
  • Appearance: Today’s wire braces are thinner and more comfortable than ever, so they have a much lower visual profile than you might expect. Invisalign braces are clear acrylic and so are virtually invisible when worn.
  • Durability: All braces are engineered for dependable performance, but some materials are regarded as more durable than others. This is a consideration for anyone who plays sports, trains, or is otherwise very active.

Types of Orthodontic Appliances

All orthodontic appliances work essentially the same way: by employing light, constant force to move teeth into proper alignment. But how we apply these forces can vary, as numerous innovations have become available in recent years. Some of the newer, less visible orthodontic appliances have been designed to blend more easily into an adult's personal and professional lifestyle. Types of orthodontic appliances include:

Traditional Metal Braces.Traditional Metal Braces — This is probably what you think of when you picture someone wearing braces: small metal brackets bonded to the front of the teeth. A thin wire runs through the brackets and is attached on either end to metal bands that go around a back molar.


Clear Braces.Clear Braces — Instead of highly noticeable metal brackets, you can have clear ones made of ceramic, plastic or a combination of both. They are hardly visible, except for the thin wire running through, but they are more susceptible to breakage than metal braces.


Clear Orthodontic Aligners.Clear Aligners — As an alternative to the fixed type of orthodontic appliances mentioned above, clear aligners are removable. They are actually a series of clear plastic “trays” that fit over your teeth exactly. Each tray is part of a series of trays that move your teeth a little bit at a time until they are in the proper position. Your trays are designed with the help of specialized computer software that generates a virtual model of your bite.


Lingual Braces.Lingual Braces — These metal braces are bonded to the back of your teeth (tongue side) so that no one can see them. That is the plus side. On the minus side, they can be more difficult to get used to wearing, and are more expensive than traditional braces. 

After Treatment

Wearing a retainer after orthodontic treatment is crucial, no matter which type of appliance you choose and what age you happen to be. Teeth that are not held in place by a retainer long enough for new supporting bone to develop around them can drift back to their original positions, and that's certainly not something we — or you — want to see happen. We will make sure to instruct you on how to retain your new, more beautiful smile so that it continues to make you look and feel great for years to come.

Contact Us Today For Premier Oral Health Care!

We look forward to helping adult patients enjoy improved dental health and enhanced self-confidence. Orthodontic treatment can begin at any time and starts with a simple evaluation. Contact us today to schedule your first appointment. You can call 818-932-9100 for our Woodland Hills location, or 818-727-1800 for our Northridge location. Call today!