Adult Orthodontics in Birmingham

Adult Orthodontics

Dr. Sema takes the time to make sure you understand the condition of your teeth and your treatment options.

Teeth straightening at any age

Some adults might feel they missed the boat if they didn’t get braces when they were a child. Or their teeth may have become misaligned as they got older. The good news is that most adults can take advantage of orthodontic treatment regardless of age.

The only provision is that they need to have a sufficient amount of healthy bone and gum tissue. If bone loss or unhealthy gums are an issue, Dr. Sema can work with the referring dentist and partner with a periodontist to be sure the best treatment options for their patient is considered.

Adult Orthodontics

Dr. Sema will show you all your options during a consultation.

How long does treatment take?

Orthodontic treatment for adults takes about the same time as treatment for adolescents, and depends on the severity of the case. As with all of her patients, Dr. Sema believes in the team approach with her adult patients, working closely with her patients’ general dentists.

If both Dr. Sema and the referring dentist think it will benefit her patient, often times a periodontist, or gum specialist, is added to the team for part or all of the orthodontic treatment.

Dr. Sema prefers Damon® Braces and Insignia Advanced Smile Design for planning the actual straightening of the teeth. Using these two technologies, she can even reduce time in braces.

Clear teeth straightening

Adult OrthodonticsMany adults don’t like the idea of wearing metal braces for an extended period of time, or even at all because of how noticeable they are. Dr. Sema provides options for clear straightening: Invisalign aligners and Damon Clear braces.

Adult OrthodonticsInvisalign® uses clear aligner technology for its straightening: a series of plastic tray-like appliances that fit closely over your teeth to gradually move the teeth into position. The aligners are comfortable and you can take them out to eat what you want.

Damon Clear Braces use ceramic, which is the same color as your teeth, making them far less noticible than regular braces. This gives you the benefits of braces

Why you decide on Invisalign or ceramic braces depends on your preferences and the condition of your teeth and jaw. Some conditions are difficult to treat with Invisalign, such as a severe overbite, a severe underbite or severe crowding, and traditional or ceramic braces are recommended in these cases.

Complimentary Consultation

Dr. Sema will meet with you to determine which orthodontic issues need to be addressed, discuss treatment options and answer any questions that you have regarding teeth straightening treatment.

  • Full clinical exam
  • Panoramic digital X-rays as needed
  • Facial photos and intraoral photos as needed
  • Find out if you or your child is a candidate for Invisalign®
  • Treatment plan

To make an appointment, call 205‑900‑4705 or click here to request an appointment online.

Before and after photos

  • Adult Orthodontics

    Charro had severe crowding and was considered a surgical case. Dr. Sema treated him with Damon braces instead.

  • Adult Orthodontics

    Jean had severe upper crowding and was treated with Damon Clear.

 

Patient Success Stories

Adult Orthodontics“This experience has been great for me! I wasn’t excited about the need for braces in my 30s, but I am so glad that my dentist referred me to Dr. Sema. Everyone smiles at this office and I love being around happy people. They look like they want to be there versus “having” to be there. The entire staff has made this experience worth the investment. Lastly, I’m loving the progress of my smile and I’m looking forward to the final results.”

—Pam

Adult Orthodontics“My experience with Dr. Sema and her practice has been wonderful. I looked around and chose Dr. Sema based on so many positive recommendations. Once I met her and her staff, I knew I had made the right choice. I wasn’t excited about getting braces as an adult, but Dr. Sema and her staff have made the transition as painless as possible. Now I have straighter teeth.

“Everyone at the office is skilled, knowledgeable and willing to go the extra mile for me. So far this has been a very positive experience for me and I’m so grateful.

“I first find out about Dr. Sema through a friend. At the time I had crooked teeth. Dr. Sema introduced me to Invisalign. Dr. Sema is very welcoming and genuinely cares about her patients and asks about their well-being. She remembers who you are and is very positive. I like that the practice is very hospitable to new and current patients. They are accommodating when scheduling appointments, and the warm cookies and coffee aren’t bad either!”

—Allison

Adult Orthodontics“I was a heavy snorer and my wife noticed my breathing was pausing. I went to the doctor and was diagnosed with severe sleep apnea and put on CPAP treatment, which did handle my condition. Three years ago I became aware of a jaw surgery to correct sleep apnea. I was excited that there was a solution that would permanently handle my sleep apnea and take away the necessity of CPAP treatment.

“I went to Dr. Sema who fitted me with braces to start the jaw movement. She did a great job, she had to anticipate how the teeth would look after the surgery as well as plan the movement necessary, and at the end of it I got the added bonus of straighter teeth!

“The braces and jaw surgery brought my upper jaw forward 8 mm and my lower jaw 11 mm. My surgeon showed me my before and after profile x-rays and I could see that my airway had opened up 2 ½ times.

“I don’t have to use the CPAP anymore and I am healthier now. Some nasal allergies are also less. My quality of life definitely has increased and I can enjoy my retirement. I love the outdoors, hiking and so on. I love traveling and recently we went on a river cruise through southern France to Paris and to South America. And I didn’t have to carry a CPAP machine around.”

—Jeff

Read more patient testimonials here.

To make an appointment, call 205‑900‑4705 or click here to request an appointment online.