No longer are orthodontic treatments confined to teenagers. Actually, the US Orthodontic Association claims that twenty percent of orthodontic patients are over twenty one years of age. Lots of adults are opting for this treatment because they appreciate how important it is to maintain their health, and they wish to feel good about the way they look. Many adults are making the most of their chance to receive orthodontic treatment, and you can do this as well.
Common Explanations of why Adults Undergo Orthodontic Treatments:
- Malocclusion, which causes the teeth to bite together improperly
- Teeth are too spaced apart or crowded, which can cause gum disease or tooth decay
- Sharp pain in the jaw, or pressure caused by misaligned teeth
- The desire for a gleaming smile and a healthier mouth
Adult Treatment Options
For most adults, the idea of receiving metal braces will deter them from undergoing treatment. Nonetheless, modern orthodontic options for treatment provide an array of appliances and braces that are aesthetic, comfortable and tailored to fit your requirements. The categories of braces are:
- Ceramic braces
- Transparent braces
- Lingual (behind the teeth) braces
- Self ligating braces
- Standard metal braces
- Invisible braces
Differences Between Orthodontics for Adults and Orthodontics for Teens and Children:
The primary difference between treatment for teens or children, and treatment for adults, is that with younger patients, their jawbones are still growing. For adult patients, their bones have ceased developing, which might make orthognathic surgery a possibility, so their jawbones can be aligned. Additional differences are:
Periodontal disease (bone or gum loss) — Adults have a greater likelihood than children to encounter bone loss or gum recession, because of periodontal disease or gingivitis. Patients with straight teeth have a lower risk of getting gum disease.
Missing or worn teeth — In time, teeth can get worn and move into new positions. Orthodontic care is the only way of correcting this. Teeth that are missing can make other teeth tilt and shift, producing malocclusion and heightening the chance of gum disease.
Unfinished orthodontic treatment in teens — Lots of adults had some orthodontic treatment when they were children or teenagers, but never finished their treatment. In adulthood, they opt to finish their treatment to obtain the beautiful, healthy smile they always desired.
At our practice, we appreciate that children and adults have varying requirements, and need varying levels of care and attention. We will consult with you to make sure that you get the most suitable treatment, and that your requirements are fulfilled with respect and consideration.
Why you Should opt for Orthodontic Treatment
Straighter teeth are healthier teeth — Teeth which are correctly aligned are easier to clean with brushing and flossing, and might help stop other health conditions.
A straight, beautiful smile projects confidence — Orthodontic treatments can increase your self confidence, providing you with an improved quality of life, as well as the ability to smile without hesitation!
An untreated mouth can deteriorate — Failing to receive orthodontic treatment when required can cause long term health problems, which is more expensive overall.
To find out more about the advantages of orthodontic treatment for adults, please get in touch with our practice to arrange a free consultation. We appreciate that you are busy, and will try to make all your visits to our office as convenient as we can.