For Adults in Tampa

A message from Dr. Geric

“Welcome, I’m confident you will find treatment as an adult to be a positive experience. I myself had braces as an adult and appreciate the individual needs adults want and deserve. Over a third of the patients choosing to improve their smiles at Geric Orthodontics are just “kids at heart.” Dr. Michael Geric

Whether it is addressing the most common problem (lower crowding), a dentist's referral for preparation of restorative dentistry, or the desire for a more attractive confident smile, you can depend on us for timely results.

Common reasons adults are considering orthodontic treatment:

  • A bad bite or malocclusion, causing teeth to fit together incorrectly
  • Teeth are crowded or spaced apart, possibly leading to tooth decay or gum disease
  • Abnormal jaw pain or pressure that is caused by crooked teeth
  • Desire for a healthier mouth and a more confident smile
  • Preparation to make restorative dentistry more functional and predictable

Treatment options for adults

For many adults, the thought of having metal braces is enough to discourage them from receiving treatment. However, today's orthodontic treatment options offer a variety of braces and appliances that are comfortable, aesthetic, and customized to meet your needs. Types of treatments include:

  • Ceramic braces
  • Mini stainless braces
  • Lingual (behind the tooth) braces
  • Invisible clear aligners
  • Esthetic tooth reshaping without tooth movement

The difference between adult orthodontics and orthodontics for children and teens:

The main difference between treating adults and children or teens is that for adults, growth is complete and this may limit our ability to correct severe skeletal problems. However, without the rate of growth dictating treatment pace, adult treatment is often problem-focused and faster! Other differences include:

  • Gum or bone loss (periodontal disease) — Adults are more likely than children to experience gum recession or even bone loss due to gingivitis or advanced periodontal disease. Patients with straighter teeth are less likely to get gum disease.
  • Worn or missing teeth — Over time, teeth can become worn down and shift into different positions that can only be corrected with orthodontic care. Missing teeth can cause other teeth to shift and tilt, creating a bad bite and increasing the possibility of gum disease.
  • Incomplete orthodontic treatment as a teen — Many adults received some orthodontic treatment as a child or teen, but never completed their treatment. As an adult, they choose to complete their orthodontic treatment to achieve the healthy, beautiful smile they always wanted.

Our practice also recognizes that adults and children have different needs, and require a different level of attention and care. We will work with you to ensure that you receive the most appropriate treatments and that your needs are met with understanding and respect from us.

Why should you consider orthodontic treatment?

  • Straight teeth are healthy teeth — Teeth that are properly aligned are easier to keep clean with flossing and brushing, and may help prevent other health problems.
  • A beautiful, straight smile builds confidence — Orthodontic treatment can help boost your self-confidence, giving you a better quality of life and the freedom to smile without holding back!
  • Mouths left untreated can get worse — Not receiving orthodontic treatment when it's needed can create long-term health issues costing you more in the end.

To learn more about the benefits of adult orthodontics, please call to schedule a complimentary consultation at (813) 920-7720. You will be glad you did!

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