Although many people associate orthodontics with children and teenagers, Dr. T.C. Hardy helps patients of all ages achieve straighter teeth and correction of other orthodontic issues. In fact, a good portion of orthodontic patients in America are now adults, as they realize they can improve long-term dental issues they have lived with all their lives. For adult patients who fear the cosmetic impact of orthodontics, Dr. Hardy offers alternative methods to traditional metal braces that are much less conspicuous and more comfortable. In addition, recent advancements in orthodontic techniques and technology have been able to reduce overall treatment time as well as the number of office visits required to achieve straighter teeth. By speaking with Dr. Hardy during a one-on-one consultation, you and he will decide on an orthodontic treatment plan that can address your aesthetic concerns while correcting any structural or functional issues with your teeth.
Benefits of Adult Orthodontic Treatment
If your orthodontic conditions were not corrected during your childhood, you do not necessarily need to live with them for the rest of your life. The benefits of adult orthodontics include:
- Correction of long-term or lifetime dental issues
- Less conspicuous treatment methods
- Faster treatment time than older, more traditional orthodontic techniques
- Increased confidence and self-esteem from having a renewed smile
What Can I Expect?
Compared to the jawbone of a child, an adult’s jawbone is fully developed. Because the jaws, teeth, and gums are fully grown and set, treatment to correct crooked teeth may be more limiting than it would for a child. Fortunately, the state-of-the-art methods currently used for adult orthodontics can significantly reduce the visibility of the orthodontic device – using methods such as Invisalign® – as well as shorten the time it takes to achieve noticeable results. For patients who have other oral health problems, such as periodontal (gum) issues, these concerns will have to be resolved before the teeth can be straightened. Dr. Hardy will meet with you for an oral evaluation and consultation to determine your candidacy for specific procedures. At Taft Hill Orthodontics, we offer a number of adult orthodontic treatments to fit your needs and help you achieve the beautiful smile you have always wanted.
Why Should I Choose Dr. T.C. Hardy?
We believe that locating a skilled and reputable orthodontist is a vital aspect in the process of seeking orthodontic care. Though general dentists may also offer orthodontic services, an orthodontic office specializes in orthodontic treatment and typically has the experience and expertise to deliver results that meet your expectations. Dr. Hardy earned his specialty in orthodontics from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, where he focused his studies on misaligned teeth, adjusting occlusion, and treating jaw disorders. Compared to general dentists, orthodontists also spend 2-3 additional years training in a specialized orthodontic residency program. In addition they commit 100% of their practice and continuing education solely to orthodontic care.
Schedule a Consultation
If you have questions about how adult orthodontics can improve your smile, or if you are interested in scheduling a consultation with Dr. Hardy in Fort Collins, please contact us today.