Adult Orthodontics in Canton, MI

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What Is Adult Orthodontics?

Adult orthodontics is a specialized field of dentistry that focuses on correcting misaligned teeth and jaws in individuals who have completed their primary growth. Unlike traditional orthodontics, which often targets children and teenagers, adult orthodontics addresses the unique challenges presented by fully developed facial structures and mature dental tissues. This discipline employs a variety of treatments, including braces, clear aligners, and other appliances, to improve dental function and aesthetics. The goals of adult orthodontics extend beyond achieving a straight smile; they include enhancing overall oral health, preventing future dental issues, and sometimes facilitating other dental procedures. Advances in technology and materials have made orthodontic treatments more discreet and efficient, encouraging more adults to seek these services.

Benefits of Adult Orthodontics

  • Improve oral health and hygiene by making teeth easier to keep clean, reducing chances of gum disease and tooth decay
  • Better chewing function
  • Lower chances of dental emergencies
  • Improve dental bite and protect teeth from excess wear
  • Enhance your smile
  • Enjoy greater self-confidence
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Our practice welcomes patients of all ages. Our board-certified orthodontist, Dr. Ritu Singh, wants to work with you to solve your orthodontic issues. Our team provides honest, compassionate care in a non-judgmental environment. We have late afternoon and weekend appointments to benefit our busy patients.

Procedures Offered

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Braces are one of the most versatile forms of orthodontic treatment. Braces are appropriate for most adult patients. We offer traditional metal braces, self-ligating braces, and ceramic braces. Dr. Singh will help you choose the most beneficial type to improve your smile.

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Invisalign® is a comfortable, discreet alternative to braces. It is appropriate for less complex orthodontic issues like crooked, crowded teeth and minor bite issues. Medical-grade plastic aligners gradually move the teeth into better positions for about 12 to 18 months.

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Patients of all ages need to stay on top of wearing a retainer to keep their improved smiles.

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Surgical Orthodontics Treatment

If you did not have the opportunity to receive treatment as a child but have severe alignment issues, you may need orthognathic (jaw) surgery. We may also need to extract certain permanent teeth to ensure we can create your best smile.

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Interdisciplinary Treatment

We work closely with your family dentist and other specialists to provide you with optimal care. When your dental care team collaborates, you will receive coordinated treatment that benefits you in the long run.

Frequently Asked Questions About Adult Orthodontics

Who is a good candidate for adult orthodontic care?
Most adult patients are excellent candidates for orthodontia. Patients must exhibit good oral health and have no untreated cavities or gum disease.
Can adults receive orthodontic care if they already had treatment as children?
If you received treatment as a child or teen but have experienced a reversal due to not wearing your retainer as prescribed, we can work with you to create a longer-lasting smile. Sometimes, younger patients are not fully committed to solving their orthodontic problems, but adults have the discipline to adhere to the doctor's recommendations.
For how long each day do I need to wear Invisalign?
You must wear your aligners at least 20-22 hours daily to achieve results. Most adult patients do not have issues forgetting to wear their aligners, so their treatment stays on track.
What type of braces are the least visible to others?
Ceramic braces blend in very well. The brackets are made of tooth-colored material carefully matched to your smile. If you want absolute discretion, Invisalign is best, but some patients have conditions that require braces.
Why do I need to wear a retainer?
A retainer gives your teeth a chance to settle into their new positions. If you neglect to wear it, your teeth will likely slip back to their previous position, negating your investment in orthodontic treatment.

Call Advanced Orthodontics

Adult patients can rest assured that they receive the best possible care from our practice. Please schedule a consultation with Dr. Ritu Singh today to learn what adult orthodontic care can do for you. She will design a custom treatment plan and show you how to overcome dental issues.