Adult Orthodontics - Hardy Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics

Adult Orthodontics

Adult Orthodontics ErieThe demand for braces for adults is on the rise. As a matter of fact, adults are seeking orthodontic treatment at historic levels, according to a new survey from the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO). The number of adult patients increased 14% from 2010 to 2012, to a record high of 1,225,850 patients ages 18 and older. Adults across the globe are realizing the importance of orthodontic treatment and are seizing the day. Maybe you have a problem with your bite or jaw. Or, maybe you want to boost your self-esteem with a stunning, straight smile. Whatever the reason, we can get you there. So, if you thought orthodontics was just for children and teens, think again! Now is the time for you to go after that smile you’ve always wanted and to correct any issues that have been causing you discomfort or pain. Dr. T.C. Hardy helps patients of all ages and can help you!


The Best Time for Braces for Adults

Advances in science and medicine offer braces for adults with more choices than ever for your orthodontic treatment. For adult patients who fear the cosmetic impact of orthodontics, Dr. T.C. Hardy offers alternative methods to traditional metal braces that are much less conspicuous and more comfortable. Gone are the days when your only option for straightening your teeth were noticeable, traditional metal braces with their accompanying metal brackets and wires. If you were unable to have your teeth straightened in your youth, or if your smile has changed over time after having braces in your youth, you have options!  Hardy Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics offers you the following exciting reasons to choose orthodontics today and obtain a healthy, functional, attractive smile:

  • Less conspicuous treatment methods
    • Invisalign® – Gradually moves teeth into their ideal position by utilizing a series of custom-fit, clear aligners.
    • Incognito™ Lingual Braces – The bracket bases are contoured to hug the lingual (tongue-side) surfaces of your teeth, rendering them invisible to the naked eye from the front when you smile.
    • Clear Braces – As opposed to traditional braces that have metal brackets, clear braces use ceramic brackets that are made to match the color of your teeth. These have customized color options for your bands. 
  • Increased confidence and self-esteem from having a renewed smile


What Can I Expect with my Orthodontic Treatment?

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, adult braces to correct crooked teeth are more limiting than they are for children. Fortunately, the state-of-the-art methods currently used for adult orthodontics can significantly reduce the visibility of the orthodontic device. An example is Invisalign®, which can 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. T.C. Hardy will meet with you for an oral evaluation and consultation to determine your candidacy for specific procedures.

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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. T.C. 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

By speaking with Dr. T.C. Hardy during a one-on-one consultation, you and he can decide on an orthodontic treatment plan that can address your aesthetic concerns while correcting any structural or functional issues with your teeth. If you have questions about how adult orthodontics can improve your smile, or if you are interested in scheduling a consultation with Dr. T.C. Hardy, please contact us today at 720-887-6003!