Orthodontic Treatment for Adults
Getting braces used to be a special treatment only available to teenagers. However, today the age landscape is different with one in five orthodontic patients being over the age of 21. Many adults are getting treatment because they know how important it is to stay healthy and because they want to look better. The chance to get orthodontic care is available to adults all over the world, and now you can get it as well.
Adults are looking into getting orthodontic treatment for a variety of reasons:
- A bad bite, or malocclusion, is when teeth don’t fit together properly.
- Teeth are crowded or spaced apart, which could lead to tooth decay or gum disease.
- When your teeth are crooked, you might feel pain or pressure in your jaw.
- Wanting to upgrade their smile to a more confident and attractive version
Treatment options for adults
Today, there are a lot of different types of braces and appliances that are comfortable, look good, and can be made to fit your needs.
The distinction between adult orthodontics and pediatric and adolescent orthodontics:
The primary distinction to consider while treating adults vs children and adolescents is that the jawbones of younger patients are still growing. For adults, these bones have ceased to develop, which means that orthognathic surgery to realign the jawbones may be necessary. Additional distinctions include the following:
Gum or bone loss (periodontal disease) — Adults are more prone to suffer from gum recession or even bone loss as a result of gingivitis or severe periodontal disease than children. Straighter teeth patients are less prone to have gum disease.
Worn or missing teeth — Teeth may get worn down and move into unnatural positions over time, which can only be repaired by orthodontic therapy. Missing teeth may cause adjacent teeth to move and tilt, resulting in an improper bite and an increased risk of gum disease.
Incomplete orthodontic treatment as a teen — Many individuals began orthodontic treatment as children or adolescents but never finished it. They opt to continue their orthodontic treatment as an adult in order to attain the healthy, attractive smile they’ve always desired.
Additionally, our approach acknowledges that adults and children have unique needs and need varying degrees of attention and care. We will collaborate with you to ensure that you get the best suitable care and that our requirements are addressed with compassion and respect.
What are the reasons you should seek orthodontic treatment?
Straight teeth are healthier teeth – Properly aligned teeth are easy to clean with floss and brushing and may help avoid other health concerns.
A magnificent, straight smile instills confidence – Orthodontic treatment may help increase your self-esteem, providing you with a better standard of living and the ability to grin freely!
Untreated mouths may deteriorate – Delaying orthodontic treatment when it is necessary can result in long-term health problems that will ultimately cost you more time and money.
To learn more about adult orthodontics and to make an appointment, please call our clinic. We recognize that you have a high degree of complexity in your life and will try to make each office visit as convenient as possible