Adult Orthodontics in Shorewood, WI

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What is adult orthodontics?

Adult orthodontics is a treatment plan for adults over the age of 18 to address and correct long-standing issues such as overbites, underbites, and crooked teeth. By creating a custom dental appliance, your orthodontist can position your teeth and jaws to gradually align over time so you can enjoy the smile you deserve for the rest of your life. Whether your teeth need serious correcting or just minor aesthetic adjustments, adult orthodontics can help you find your confidence with a strong, straight smile. It's never too late to invest in your smile, and your future dental health will thank you!

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1 out of 4 patients receiving orthodontic care are over the age of 18.

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Clear aligners can gradually shift your teeth into the strong, straight smile of your dreams — without anyone noticing. If you’re looking for a metal and bracket-free approach to treatment, talk to your orthodontist about our clear aligner options.

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Types of orthodontics for adults


Invisalign is a clear aligner system made from a durable patented plastic material called SmartTrack. Invisalign offers a wide variety of aligners, which can treat mild to severe misalignment cases. Many adults opt for Invisalign as it is the most subtle, discreet way to align a beautiful smile over time.

Ceramic Braces

While similar in function to traditional metal braces, ceramic braces are made up of tooth-colored ceramic material that matches the natural shade of your smile. Many adult patients choose ceramic braces as a less-noticeable alternative to metal braces. With proper care and attention, ceramic braces guide your teeth to its coveted alignment for a healthy, straight smile and bite.

Metal Braces

Traditional metal braces are one of the most common and affordable options to correct mild to severe tooth and jaw misalignment. These braces are composed of durable, medical-grade stainless steel brackets and archwires to produce a natural, straight smile.

How it works: The adult orthodontics process

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To begin your consultation, your orthodontist will conduct a thorough examination of your jaw, teeth, and gums to address any misalignment or bite problems. Our practice offers various smile alignment solutions, so your orthodontist can carefully select a custom treatment outline that best fits your unique needs.

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Impressions and Digital Imaging

X-rays, photographs, mouth measurements, and bite impressions or models will be taken so that your orthodontist can properly diagnose the problem and create a tailored treatment plan just for you. After the data has been gathered and assessed, your orthodontist will then design a custom dental appliance for your smile.

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Placement and Fitting

After the dental appliance is created, your orthodontist will place it in your mouth and make necessary adjustments to ensure proper fitting and comfort. Your orthodontist will then provide you with care and maintenance instructions to keep your appliance and smile in tip-top shape.

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Next Steps

Visit your orthodontist every 4-8 weeks to track progress, adjust your appliance, and follow up with any questions or concerns. While every adult orthodontic journey is unique, treatment can last anywhere from eighteen months to three years.

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Frequently Asked Questions

A multitude of factors come into play when determining the cost of your adult orthodontic treatment. The cost varies depending on the severity of your misalignment, as well as appointment visits, insurance type, and more. Our team recommends scheduling a consultation with your orthodontist to find out how much you’ll pay for your adult orthodontic treatment.

It is never too late for you to receive the adult orthodontic care you deserve. Today, one in four orthodontic patients is an adult. Untreated misaligned teeth may lead to other problems later in life such as tooth decay, gum disease, or difficulty chewing. Orthodontic treatment can also help set you up for more successful dental work, such as crowns, fillings, or implants that you may have planned with your dentist. While many patients look to orthodontic solutions for aesthetic reasons, getting treatment is in your best interest for a lifetime of strong oral health.

Many adult orthodontic problems are inherited and gradually worsen through the teenage years into adulthood. Other problems such as gum disease, childhood thumb sucking habits, early loss of baby or adult teeth, or even dental accidents may have significantly impacted your jaw or teeth alignment. Regardless of the cause, your orthodontist is dedicated to finding a tailored treatment solution so you can have the straightened smile you’ve always wanted.

Adult orthodontic treatment is extremely beneficial for patients who are looking to smile with confidence and reduce the risk of future dental problems. With the newest advances in orthodontic technology, treatment is now less noticable and more comfortable than ever. Many dental appliance options are designed to minimize their appearance so you can continue to lead your lifestyle uninterrupted. While our dental health tends to naturally decrease with age, orthodontic treatment can prevent significant gum disease, tooth loss, and tooth decay later in life. It can also help prolong the lifespan of your dental work, or decrease the need for more invasive work in the future.

If you’re an adult struggling with overlapping, crowded, or gapping teeth, you may be a candidate for orthodontic treatment. Jaw issues such as crossbites, overbites, and underbites are also signs that orthodontic treatment may be right for you. Your dentist may also recommend a consultation with an orthodontist for issues that aren't as apparent. If your dentist mentions orthodontic treatment, or you’re looking to straighten your teeth for aesthetic reasons, schedule a complimentary consultation so we can get started on crafting the smile you’ve always wanted.

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