Orthodontic Treatment for Adults – Not Your Children’s Braces!
Orthodontic treatment is no longer just for teens – in fact, the American Association of Orthodontists states that one in five orthodontic patients is over the age of 21. Whether you’ve been self-conscious about your smile for years, or want to improve the function of your mouth, any reason is a good reason to get the smile you’ve always wanted.
Common reasons why adults consider 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
Treatment Options for Adults
Today’s orthodontic treatment options offer better esthetics than ever before, so if the thought of metal braces was keeping you away, now is the time to discover what orthodontics can do for you. Not only do today’s options look better, feel better, work better, and they can be customized to fit your needs.
Types of braces include:
- Clear, removable braces
- Ceramic braces
- Self-ligating braces
- Lingual (behind the tooth) braces
- Invisible braces
- Traditional metal braces
The difference between adult orthodontics and orthodontics for children and teens:
There are distinct differences between adult orthodontics and orthodontics for children and teens. Adolescents are still experiencing jaw growth, but in adults, these bones have stopped growing. That means orthognathic surgery is a possibility to properly align the jawbones. Additionally, adults may experience:
- Gum or bone loss (periodontal disease) — Crooked, crowded, and misaligned teeth are harder to clean, so many adult patients may experience the effects of periodontal disease as adults. 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. This 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 recognizes that adults and children have different and distinct needs, and therefore 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. Periodontal disease, for instance, has been linked to serious issues such as heart disease, diabetes, and stroke.
- 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 and can cost you more in the end.
We understand that you have a busy schedule, and we will work with you to make sure each office visit is as convenient as possible.