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The Best Smile For Your Best Years

When you look at yourself in the mirror, do you wish you had a more attractive smile? Then why not make a change for the better? After all, braces are not just for kids. Teeth can be straightened at any age, and a new smile will last for the rest of your life.

A pleasing smile is great to have no matter what your age or lifestyle because when you look your best you feel good about yourself. The self-confidence gained from a beautiful smile is rewarding in many ways - helping to get that new job or promotion; getting a date with that special guy or gal; or looking your best in the wedding and anniversary pictures. Yes, improving your smile is always a change for the better.

More Than Beautiful Smiles

Although the importance of a nice smile should never be underestimated, the orthodontic specialist has another equally significant treatment goal - to improve the health of your teeth and gums. Did you know that crooked teeth and bad bites can seriously affect general oral health and sometimes jaw joints (TMJ problems)?

Crowded teeth are hard to clean and maintain and in time may contribute to tooth decay, gum disease and eventual tooth loss. Bad bites can also result in abnormal wear of tooth surfaces, difficulty in chewing and damage to supporting bone and gum tissue. Jaw joint (TMJ) pain and associated headaches can sometimes be attributed to crooked teeth and incorrect bites.

When left untreated, many orthodontic problems become worse. Treatment by a specialist to correct the original problem is often less costly than the additional dental care required to treat more serious problems that can develop in later years.

Never Too Old To Be Your Best

Orthodontic treatment is always a change for the better regardless of your age. The biological process involved in tooth movement is the same in both adults and children. The health of your teeth, gums and supporting bone is what's most important in determining the prospects for improving your smile and dental health.

There are a very few inconveniences with braces, but you'll adjust to them quickly. Certain treats such as caramels, peanut brittle and bubble gum will be off limits. Also, your mouth and teeth may be a little tender after major adjustments. The good news is that the new techniques and materials used by orthodontists like Dr. Jarrell have not only greatly reduced the discomfort of wearing braces but have also decreased the frequency of office visits and overall treatment time.

Because an adult's facial bones are no longer growing, certain corrections cannot be accomplished with braces alone. But don't let that discourage you. Very dramatic facial changes are now being achieved with a combined approach of surgery and orthodontics. Should you require this type of treatment, Dr. Jarrell will explain the procedures.

A consultation with Dr. Jarrell is the best way to determine if you can benefit from treatment. After a free initial examination, we will usually be able to tell you what the treatment will involve and the approximate cost. If you then agree to proceed, complete diagnostic records of your mouth will be taken. This includes a digital scan of your teeth and special x-rays. After carefully analyzing the extent of your problem, Dr. Jarrell will recommend the best course of treatment for improving your smile.

When you consider the cost of orthodontic treatment, also consider the lifelong benefits of a beautiful, healthy smile. Many former patients have said that it is the best investment they ever made - an investment in themselves.