This is a common question at Morita Orthodontics! The bottom line is this: healthy teeth can be moved at any age. Adults who are seeking orthodontic treatment can achieve a healthier smile and increase self-confidence with Invisalign or braces. Many adults get treatment prior to getting married or beginning a new career. Others seek to correct any issues they’ve experienced since childhood. About 35% of our current patients are adults.
If teeth are misaligned or crowded, periodontal disease can occur. Crooked or crowded teeth may be hard to clean and maintain. If left untreated, periodontal disease could result in bleeding gums, bad breath, and tooth loss.
The orthodontic process is similar for teens and adults. In adults, we will carefully evaluate the gum tissue and the bones that support the teeth. Over time, the mechanisms of teeth, gums, and bone may change. Adult bones may be firmer and no longer growing. Aging tissue may take longer to adjust the teeth to its new positions. But don’t worry about the timeline, there is new technology available such as Propel and Acceledent which allow to speed up the treatment time 30%-50% faster!
Are you concerned about how you will look, or what the treatment steps will be? Advancements in orthodontics have paved the way for new appliances and technology. That’s why we offer multiple treatment options for our patients, including metal braces, ceramic braces, and Aiea and Honolulu Invisalign.
At Morita Orthodontics, we want you to be happy with your smile! We will evaluate your dental history, bite, alignment and health of the teeth. Our team will work with you individually to customize a course of action that best fits your personal goals and financial needs.
Did you know we offer a FREE initial exam? With our conveniently located offices in Aiea, our caring team will provide you with timely, quality care that achieves results. Call us at 808 486-5505 and schedule your free exam today!
RE: COVID-19 (Coronavirus)
To our valued patients,
In order to prevent the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), President Trump, the American Dental Association and the Hawaii Dental Association are recommending all dentists postpone nonemergency dental procedures for 2 weeks. Our practice is committed to protecting the community and avoiding using valuable resources that our first responders and frontline healthcare providers will need.
Our office will be closed effective today, Wednesday, March 18, and we plan to resume regular hours on Wednesday, April 1. If you are experiencing a true dental emergency including swelling or severe tooth pain, please call your general dentist office, and listen closely as emergency contact info will be available. For all nonemergent questions, please email us at [email protected].
We are so sorry for the burden this places on your schedules, but your continued health and safety are our number one priority. Our office is working diligently to reschedule all patients with existing appointments within the next 2 weeks. We will continue to evaluate the situation as it evolves and determine on a weekly basis when it is appropriate for us to return to normal orthodontic patient care. We ask for your compassion and understanding at this time as we all work together to keep Hawaii healthy.
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