BRACES FOR ADULT
Adults have more choices than ever in creating a beautiful smile. Braces are now smaller, stronger, more efficient and less conspicuous than ever before:
The Difference Between Adult Orthodontics and Orthodontics for Children and Teens:
The main difference to remember when treating adults versus children and teens, is that in younger patients the jawbones are still developing. For adults, these bones have stopped growing, which may mean the possibility of orthognathic surgery to align the jawbones. Other differences include:
- Gum or bone loss (periodontal disease) — Adults are more likely than children to experience gum recession or even bone loss due to gingivitis or advanced periodontal disease. 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 that 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 (or stopped wearing their retainers!). As an adult, they choose to complete their orthodontic treatment to achieve the healthy, beautiful smile they always wanted.
Benefits of Adult 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, such as tooth decay and gum disease.
- 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 oral health issues costing you more in the end.