You are never too old to benefit from orthodontic treatment. Today, adult braces make up about one in every five orthodontic treatments.
The mechanical process used to move teeth is the same at any age. So the benefits of orthodontic treatments are available to both children and adults who wish to improve their appearance and bite. The main differences between treatments in adults and children is that certain corrections in adults may require more than braces alone and the treatments may take longer because adult bones are no longer growing.
Adult Orthodontics Benefits
Looking good: Orthodontic treatment can help correct crooked teeth or spaces that you have been self-conscious about for years. It can give you the confidence and pride that come with straight teeth and a great smile.
Maintaining dental health: Leaving misaligned teeth untreated may lead to other dental problems such as tooth decay and gum disease, as well as abnormal wearing of tooth surfaces and difficulty in chewing. Orthodontic treatment can help you keep good dental health.
Adult Braces Treatment Options
Advances in orthodontics have made treatment more comfortable and more successful than ever for people of all ages. orthodontists work with other dental practitioners, general dentists, periodontists, prosthodontists, oral surgeons to provide a comprehensive approach to your dental health.
Many options are available today to minimize the appearance of braces. Today’s appliances are smaller and sleeker, and some are next-to invisible. Your orthodontist can advise you as to what options are recommended for your particular needs.
You can do almost anything during orthodontic treatment: sing, play a musical instrument, dine out, kiss, and even have your picture taken. Some adjustments will be necessary, but, if you are like the vast majority of adult patients, you will adjust quickly.
New techniques and materials today have made wearing braces more comfortable than ever.
Consulting with an orthodontist can help to determine if you can benefit from treatment. After carefully analyzing the nature of your needed correction, your orthodontist will recommend the best course of treatment for improving your smile.
Your orthodontist will consult with your dentist and/or periodontist about the health of your gums. If you are a candidate for orthodontic treatment, you will continue regular supervision with your dentist and periodontist. In many cases, tooth alignment can improve the health of the gums.