Adult Orthodontic Treatment
Orthodontic Treatment for Adults
Orthodontic treatment is not just reserved for teens. The American Association of Orthodontists estimates that over 20% of patients are now over the age of 21. Adults choose to receive treatment to maintain or improve their oral health and often also to improve self-confidence. Today, there are more treatment options geared to meet the needs of adult patients. For adults, finally getting orthodontic treatment will lead to a health improvement, upgraded appearance, and a boost in self-esteem.
Common reasons why adults are considering 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
Many adults cringe at the thought of wearing metal braces. This is no longer a reason to avoid receiving treatment. Today, there is a wide range of orthodontic treatment options that include 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:
The main difference between treating children or teens versus adults is related to their stage of development. Children and teens are still developing their jawbones while jawbones have finished growing in adults. For adults, this means that the alignment of the jawbones will require orthognathic surgery. Other differences include:
- Gum or bone loss (periodontal disease) — Adults have a higher probability than children to suffer from gum recession or bone loss caused by gingivitis or advanced periodontal disease. Straight teeth lower the possibility of gum disease.
- Worn or missing teeth — Misaligned teeth can be become worn down or shift into different positions over time, this can only be corrected with orthodontic care. Adults are also more likely to be missing teeth due to extractions or trauma. The space created by missing teeth can cause other teeth to shift and tilt while negatively affecting a bit and increasing the possibility of gum disease.
- Incomplete orthodontic treatment as a teen — As adults, many individuals choose to complete the orthodontic treatment that they began as children or teens to finally achieve the healthy, beautiful smile they always wanted.
Adults and children’s wants and needs differ and require a different approach, our practice recognizes this. We work to provide individualized care for every patient by recognizing and addressing their unique needs with empathy and respect.
Why should you consider orthodontic treatment?
- It’s simple, straight teeth are healthy teeth — If your teeth are properly aligned, they will be easier to keep clean with flossing and brushing, and this level of hygiene will even prevent other health problems.
- A beautiful, straight smile builds confidence — We want you to feel good about yourself and orthodontic treatment can help improve your level of self-confidence. Your new-found confidence can open many doors for you on a professional and personal level.
- Mouths left untreated can get worse — Failing to seek orthodontic treatment when it’s needed can lead to more serious long-term health issues that will cause you more pain and money in the end.
To learn more about how adult orthodontics can benefit you, please contact our office to schedule your initial consultation. Our team understands that you have a busy schedule and values your time, we will work with you to make sure each office visit is as convenient as possible.