When you think about orthodontics, you probably have a particular image that comes to mind, one of a teenager in metal braces or some variation on that. It’s a common misconception that orthodontic treatment is solely the purview of teens, but in recent years there’s been a shift in the way society views orthodontics, with more people realizing the effect oral health can have on our health in general. Orthodontists are now treating more adults than ever before, with a record-breaking 1-in-4 orthodontic patient over the age of eighteen. With the number of adults in braces or seeking orthodontic treatment on the rise, there is the perfect time to explore how Langford Orthodontics can give you the straight, healthy smile you’ve always wanted!
Have you spent years being unhappy or self-conscious about the way your smile looks or feels? Would you love a straighter smile? Has it become difficult to keep your teeth and gums as healthy as they should be over the years? If you can answer “yes” to any of the above questions, then adult braces could be just what you need to give you the smile you deserve. We believe a beautiful, healthy smile should be available to patients of all ages, and that it is never too late to take advantage of the innovative treatment we offer to correct a variety of orthodontic issues, like crooked teeth, overbites, underbites, incorrect jaw positioning, and more.
What is orthodontics?
Orthodontics is a dental specialty that focuses on the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of dental and facial abnormalities. An orthodontist like Dr. Allen Langford has completed dental school, then gone on to years of highly specialized training in identifying and correcting bite issues. This extra training and experience give orthodontists the skills they need to successfully straighten teeth, correct misaligned jaw structures, and improve the overall function of your smile. By choosing an experienced orthodontist to diagnose and treat your oral issues, you will be putting your oral health in the very best hands.
What you can expect from your first orthodontic appointment
Your first visit to Langford Orthodontics is one of the most important ones. First impressions matter, and we value this opportunity to wow you from the moment you walk in our door! This is our chance to meet and get to know each other a little better before we assess any orthodontic needs you have. Dr. Langford offers a free consultation during which he will perform a thorough oral examination, and we will take several digital photographs and/or x-rays of your teeth. Following this, he will discuss your diagnosis and orthodontic treatment options in detail, as well as creating a customized treatment plan for you. If you decide to go ahead with this treatment plan, we’ll set up an appointment for you to come back and have your braces put on.
We’ll never begin any treatment without detailing the cost of the entire orthodontic process for you. Langford Orthodontics is dedicated to providing high-quality, affordable orthodontic care, and it’s important to us that our patients have access to the orthodontic treatment they need. We will work with your budget by offering flexible financing and payment plans for our treatment options.
Why more adults are exploring orthodontic treatment
As we get older, many of us come to a better understanding of how our entire body is linked to our overall health, including our teeth and gums. This will often result in a renewed desire to take better care of our mouths. There are also a large number of adults who received some orthodontic treatment earlier in life that was never completed, or if it was finished, they did not wear their retainer as directed afterward. Teeth that were straightened can shift over the years, both naturally and due to a lack of retainer use. As an adult, you may want to complete the process you started, or redo your orthodontic treatment completely. You may even want nothing more than to improve your smile cosmetically, something we fully support! Patients who undergo orthodontic treatment to create a straighter, more aesthetically pleasing smile often find it increases their confidence and gives them a boost of self-esteem.
Orthodontic options for our adult patients
If you are seeking a smile makeover, you’re in luck! There are more choices available than ever before for adult patients. We are proud to offer the following treatments.
Traditional metal braces – The classic orthodontic treatment, metal braces are made of high-quality stainless steel and deliver excellent results. They are particularly effective in more severe or complicated cases. Modern metal braces are much more comfortable than they used to be and can be customized with colored, clear, or tooth-colored bands.
Clear braces – Clear braces function in much the same way traditional braces do but use white or tooth-colored ceramic brackets instead of metal ones. Because these blend in with your natural smile, clear braces are an excellent choice for anyone who prefers a more discreet treatment option. They are more delicate than metal braces, however, so we tend to only recommend them for older teens and adults.
Invisalign clear aligner therapy – The Invisalign system consists of removable plastic trays, or aligners, that are custom-made to fit over your teeth. When changed out weekly for the next aligner in the series, Invisalign gently moves your teeth into the desired positions over time. Dr. Langford is Knoxville’s premier Invisalign orthodontist and has years of experience successfully treating patients with this system.
Because every case is different, and each orthodontic option we offer has its own pros and cons, not every treatment will be suitable for all patients. It’s important to work with an experienced orthodontist like Dr. Langford to guarantee you receive only the best treatment for your specific case.
Let Langford Orthodontics is your first step towards an incredible smile
If you’re ready to take the first step to improve your smile, we’re waiting to provide you with a top-quality orthodontic experience! With two convenient locations in Knoxville and Seymour and a skilled staff that know how to give you nothing but the best results, Langford Orthodontics can create the beautifully aligned, fully functional smile you want and deserve. Get in touch with us today to schedule your free consultation. Your best smile is waiting for you!
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