Orthodontic Treatment for Adults
Orthodontic treatment is open to all ages including adults. According to the American Association of Orthodontists, 20% of patients are over the age of 21. Adults who receive orthodontic treatment receive benefits to their oral health, self-confidence, and a cosmetic improvement to their smile and facial symmetry. Common reasons for adults seeking orthodontic treatment include:
- 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
- Goal to improve oral health and a more confident smile
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 braces include:
- Clear 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:
When treating adults and children, the main difference is the stage of development of the jawbones. For adults, these bones are completely done growing and most alignment to the jawbones will likely require orthognathic surgery. Other differences in treating adults vs. children:
- Gum or bone loss (periodontal disease) —Gum recession and bone loss due to gingivitis are much more prevalent in adults than children. Straight teeth are less likely to experience periodontal disease.
- Worn or missing teeth —Adults are more likely to experience worn or shifting teeth than children. Missing teeth are likely to drive other teeth to shift and tilt, therefore creating a bad bite relationship.
- Incomplete orthodontic treatment as a teen —Some adults underwent some orthodontic treatment as a child or teen but didn’t complete the treatment. As an adult, they can still go back and finish the treatment.
Adults and children ultimately have different needs, we take that into account and offer both age groups the individualized attention they require.
What are the advantages of undergoing orthodontic treatment?
- Straight teeth are healthy teeth — Straight teeth are easier to keep clean and therefore plaque buildup is less likely to happen
- A bright and beautiful smile is a source of pride — You will love your new smile and the confidence that comes with it.
- Mouths left untreated can get worse — If you avoid getting orthodontic treatment, you may develop long-term health problems that cost you more time and money to fix in the end.
To learn more about orthodontics and the treatments we offer, call us to book an appointment today.