Your Helpful Guide To Adult Orthodontic Treatment

Here at Elm Tree Orthodontics, the secret’s in the name—we believe everyone deserves a smile they love, no matter their age! We love helping Hamden families achieve a better bite and straighter teeth. That includes children, tweens, teens, and adults. In fact, the number of adult orthodontic patients has skyrocketed in recent years, and they now make up a significant percentage of those we treat. 

Even so, we still frequently hear from adults who are worried that it’s too late to transform their smile. This couldn’t be further from the truth! You’re never too old to take advantage of the benefits orthodontic treatment offers. If you’ve spent years feeling unhappy with the way your teeth look or function, our expert team is here to help! Keep reading below to learn more about how our practice can give you the confident smile you’ve always wanted.  

Your complimentary consultation with us

Your first visit with us is one of the most important appointments you’ll have. It’s our chance to meet and get to know a bit about each other and also allows us to assess your oral health. During your consultation, you can also expect us to: 

  • discuss any concerns you have about your smile
  • review your dental and medical history forms
  • provide a complete oral examination to determine if treatment is necessary
  • create a customized treatment plan for you
  • outline the investment needed for your new smile  all
  • highlight our insurance options and any payment plans available to you  

Elm Tree Orthodontics is proud to provide every patient with customized care! Dr. Desai will build your smile solution around your specific needs, lifestyle, and goals. This personalized approach means we can produce beautiful, long-lasting results you’ll love.

Your Helpful Guide To Adult Orthodontic Treatment

Your investment in a healthier, happier smile

Once Dr. Desai has performed a thorough oral examination, he’ll present you with a diagnosis and treatment plan. We know that orthodontic treatment can be a significant expense for many families, so we’ll walk you through the total investment required for your new smile! We believe treatment is an important investment in your oral health and appearance that can have a positive effect on your life for many years to come. 

Our practice is committed to making the best treatment possible for you and your family. We never want finances to prevent a patient from receiving the care they need! In order to provide treatment options for every budget, Dr. Desai has partnered with OrthoFi, a company that makes paying for orthodontic treatment more accessible.  

Through OrthoFi, we now have the ability to offer patients a customizable financial arrangement with low down payments and flexible financing. This allows patients to choose the monthly payment that works for them! OrthoFi will also manage the insurance billing process for our office to ensure that any benefits are maximized. 

What treatment options are available for adult patients?

Modern orthodontic technology allows us to offer our adult patients a variety of treatments that are comfortable, efficient, and customizable. These include the following. 

Damon self-ligating and Damon Clear braces

The Damon System is a scientifically proven approach to orthodontic treatment where each bracket is self-ligating. This means it has a built-in door that holds the wire passively to the bracket, eliminating the need for additional attachments like ligature or elastic rubber o-ties, and decreasing the amount of force required to move the teeth. This can minimize the need for extractions of permanent teeth, headgear, or high-force palatal expanders. 

This innovative treatment option has several features, including:

  • freedom of movement, which results in faster treatment times with gentler forces
  • precision and effectiveness, reducing the need for many of the more time-consuming
  • procedures used with traditional braces
  • fewer adjustments required
  • less discomfort than traditional braces
  • smaller, more comfortable braces that are also easier to keep clean

Damon smiles are fuller, more natural, and achievable with lighter forces specifically designed to improve the overall result for each patient.

We also offer Damon Clear braces, which are specifically designed for patients who want the same exceptional Damon results but with less noticeable brackets. Damon Clear brackets are manufactured from a crystalline material, so they are clear, durable, and comfortable. They’re also stain-resistant, something our adult patients love!

Clear aligner therapy

Clear aligner systems such as Spark and Invisalign consist of clear, removable aligners that are designed to fit comfortably over the teeth. Like traditional braces, these customized aligners gently move the teeth into the desired positions. This is accomplished by wearing them 20-22 hours per day throughout treatment, and replacing them every 1-2 weeks for the next aligner in the system.

Our Spark clear aligners offer patients a bit more freedom and flexibility than regular braces do. There are no food restrictions since aligners are removed when eating or drinking, and it’s easy to keep your teeth and gums clean and healthy since you don’t have to work around wires and brackets. You simply remove the aligner, then brush and floss the way you normally would!

Like most things in life, each treatment option comes with pros and cons. What works for one patient may not be a good fit for another, and not every treatment will be suitable for all patients. Trusting your smile to an experienced orthodontist like Dr. Desai is the best way to ensure you receive the most appropriate treatment for your unique needs.

Your Helpful Guide To Adult Orthodontic Treatment

Get the confident smile you deserve with Elm Tree Orthodontics

Have you spent a lifetime wishing for a healthy smile you feel confident in sharing with the world? You’ve come to the right place! Dr. Desai will create a customized treatment plan for you based on your individual needs and goals, guaranteeing exceptional results you’ll have to see to believe. You’ll receive a stress-free orthodontic experience in our Hamden office, and that starts with your FREE consultation! Get in touch today to schedule a visit with Dr. Desai and take the first step towards the beautiful smile you deserve.