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Five questions about adult orthodontics

Many people believe orthodontics is a branch of dentistry reserved for children. All the same, an estimated 20% of orthodontics patients are adults—and this percentage is on the rise. These patients turn toward orthodontics to realign their teeth, enjoy a better quality of life and above all, get a more beautiful smile. Below we answer the five most frequently asked questions about adult orthodontics.

Is it very visible?
Orthodontics continue to evolve and the techniques used today are more refined and discreet than ever. There are even “invisible” braces that can correct a smile over the course of several months to several years.

Is it painful?
Orthodontic treatments have come a long way. Some patients may experience mild discomfort (between 24 and 48 hours) following a check-up, but this pain is vastly minor and temporary.

How long will it take?
Since every case is unique, it’s hard to provide a general average. An appointment with a Lapointe Dental Centre professional will give you a better idea of what your particular case will involve.
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How much will it cost?
Once again, it’s difficult to provide a ballpark figure. Cost depends both on the technique used and the amount of time the treatment takes. Lapointe Dental Centres offer a range of financing options to suit every budget.

Is orthodontic treatment worth it, given my teeth and my age?
Absolutely. It’s never too late to optimize your smile.
In short, you’re never too old to benefit from orthodontic correction. Our orthodontic professionals will determine the best approach for you. To get a full assessment, please make an appointment at one of our centres.
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Article written in collaboration with Julie Plamondon, a Lapointe Dental Centre dental surgeon.