August 31, 2021

Your Guide to Orthodontic Treatment as an Adult

Your Guide to Orthodontic Treatment as an Adult - Orthodontist in Salt Lake City, Utah

Did you know that no one’s too old to love their smile? Gone are the days of bulky braces and painful appliances: today’s orthodontic treatments are sleek, subtle, and comfortable, so you can live your life while improving how your teeth look, feel, and function! The Foothill Orthodontics team is excited to be creating more and more beautiful smiles for adult patients in Foothill and Holladay. For your guide to the personalized orthodontic care and treatment available to you as an adult, keep reading below.

Why are more adults choosing orthodontics? 

Did you know that one in three patients in our Foothill and Holladay offices is an adult? Though younger patients certainly understand the importance of orthodontics and are thrilled with their final results, the truth is that adults tend to have a better understanding of how a healthier smile will holistically impact their lives. 

Adults also tend to be more aware of the ways that improving their oral health can benefit their overall body health. This leads many adults to seek out dental or orthodontic treatment that will keep their teeth and gums in the best possible shape! As an adult patient, you’ll be able to truly grasp what orthodontic treatment is: an easy investment that will reward you with a beautiful smile, improved health, and increased self-confidence.

Better oral health with orthodontics

The benefits of orthodontic treatment go far beyond straight teeth! Crooked or crowded teeth can make it difficult to brush and floss effectively, thereby putting you at an increased risk of tooth decay and gum disease. 

Misalignment can also cause excess or irregular wear on the teeth and enamel, which may not only lead to chronic headaches, jaw soreness, or pain in the face and neck, but can severely compromise the structure and health of your teeth. Luckily, orthodontic treatment can help prevent, reduce, or eliminate these symptoms! Braces and aligners can also protect you from developing serious oral health problems, which can mean serious financial savings down the line.

Treatment options for every lifestyle

Not so long ago, methods for improving smiles were few and far between, and what options existed were bulky, uncomfortable, or just inefficient. Today we have multiple sleek and comfortable ways to align your teeth and jaws! Our practice is proud to offer the following treatment options to transform your smile:

Metal braces

Traditional metal braces are the most widely used orthodontic appliance for a reason—they have a proven track record of successfully correcting a variety of orthodontic issues. Though they’ve been around for a long time now, braces have undergone a major makeover in recent years to become far more comfortable, effective, and aesthetically pleasing than ever before! Metal braces are one of our most cost-effective options and can be particularly useful in cases that are complex or severe. 

Clear braces

Sometimes called ceramic braces, clear braces work just like metal braces but come with clear, nearly invisible brackets. When paired with clear, white, or tooth-colored bands, they’re an incredibly subtle way to straighten the teeth! Because they’re far less visible than their metal counterparts, clear braces are popular with image-conscious teens and adults. Ceramic brackets are slightly larger and a bit more brittle than metal brackets, so we tend to use them on the upper front teeth more often than the lower teeth. 


With this innovative system, no brackets or wires are required to move your teeth! Instead, Invisalign uses a series of clear, comfortable aligners to help you achieve a healthier smile. These customized plastic aligners are completely removable, offering an extra measure of freedom and flexibility that you’ll love. 

Patient compliance is an essential part of Invisalign treatment—the aligners must be worn for 20-22 hours per day throughout the orthodontic process. They’re also designed to be switched out with the next aligner in the series every 1-2 weeks to keep up with the movement of the teeth. When worn as directed, Invisalign are as efficient as braces at treating the most common orthodontic issues. 

Budget-friendly treatment options

Achieving a confident smile is more affordable than ever, thanks to a variety of innovative treatment options. Foothill Orthodontics offers flexible payment options to suit every budget, and we’ll work with you to make sure that you can afford the best treatment possible for you and your family.

For your convenience, we accept most major credit and debit cards. If you have a Flexible or Health Savings Account (FSA/HSA) or insurance coverage, we’ll be sure to take this into account as well. We’ll even help you file claims if you intend on using insurance to cover your treatment. And don’t worry— we’ll ensure you fully understand every fee included in your treatment plan before we move forward with your treatment plan. 

Get the smile you deserve with Foothill Orthodontics

If you’ve been waiting years to take your first step towards a healthier smile, the last thing you want is lackluster results from cookie-cutter treatment or mail-order aligners. Our team will personalize your treatment plan to meet your own specific needs, lifestyle, and goals. Working with experienced orthodontists like Dr. Jeff Chandler and Dr. Brian Anderson guarantees that you’ll receive only the best treatment for your unique smile!  

Our goal is to give you a rewarding and stress-free experience from your first visit to your last. We want you to feel right at home from the moment you walk through our door, and we work hard to provide our patients with a warm and welcoming environment. 

If you’re ready to get started on the confident smile you deserve, then get in touch today to schedule a FREE consultation at our offices in Foothill and Holladay!

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