Too old for what?

  • Too old to have a great smile? (properly positioned teeth can often make you look years younger!)
  • Too old to want to chew your food well? (properly functioning teeth allow for better digestion!)
  • Too old to be seen in braces? (Nearly all of our adults choose Invisalign!)
  • Too old for your teeth to be moved? (slowly but surely!)
  • Want only limited treatment for a few teeth? (That’s OK!- Adults in our practice get a say in their treatment plan)

Since we started using Invisalign at its inception in 1999, our practice has grown to accommodate 30% adult patients, which is relatively high for an orthodontic office.  For almost every adult of any age, a carefully planned orthodontic option is almost always better than the health consequences of leaving the orthodontic concerns untreated. Many times, patients don’t realize that improper tooth position is often correlated to problems with the gums and excess wear of the teeth.

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Invisalign – Invisible Braces

For decades, traditional braces had been the only option for adults who wanted straighter teeth.

Now there is an alternative that utilizes advances in 3-D imaging technology to create a series of customized plastic aligners. Align Technology, a global medical device company pioneered the invisible orthodontics market with the introduction of their clear aligners in 1999.

It all begins with a visit to help us determine what we can help you correct. Next, we will send  3D scans of your teeth and treatment instructions to a laboratory that uses special computer technology to create a sequence of finely-calibrated clear plastic aligners.

You’ll wear each aligner for about two weeks for approximately 20-22 hours a day, removing them only to eat, brush, and floss. Accelerated orthodontic treatment patients will be able to change their aligners every 1 week (“Acceledent“).

As you replace each aligner or tray with the next, your teeth will move until they reach the final alignment we have modeled and prescribed.

Younger patients can also take advantage of this clear aligner technology with Invisalign Teen and Invisalign for kids.

HIGH TECH: We provide our Invisalign patients with a “movie clip” of their teeth movement for the complete Invisalign treatment. Most patients find this fun and motivational and sometimes even share it with their friends.

To see if you are a candidate for Invisalign treatment, the clear alternative to braces, contact us for a complimentary consultation in our Marin office.

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Sometimes an adult will come in to improve the appearance of their smile; in other instances a dentist will request that their patient see us in order to align teeth for better brushing/flossing/oral health, stop wearing down their front teeth or to improve the chances of a crown/veneer lasting longer if the bite is corrected first.

Drs. Gorton and Schmohl are well aware of the differences between adults and children with regards to recession, bone levels, speed of tooth movement, tooth grinding, crowns, bridges, root canals, implants, etc and how to incorporate these into the treatment plan.

Not every adult should pursue orthodontic treatment, but you never know until you ask! If you have noticed any shifting or have any concerns about the position of your teeth please contact us to schedule a complimentary consultation to get a professional opinion.