It’s never too late to get braces or aligners. In fact, thereports that 1 in 4 orthodontic patients is an adult.
Many adults decide to get orthodontics to improve their oral health and the appearance of their smiles. Could you be next?
Here’s what you need to know about orthodontic treatment for adults.
WHY SHOULD I CONSIDER ORTHODONTICS?
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. Also, keep in mind that untreated issues can worsen and cost you more money to treat in the long run.
COMMON REASONS FOR STARTING ORTHODONTIC TREATMENT INCLUDE:
- A bad bite or malocclusion, causing teeth to fit together incorrectly
- Teeth that 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
Having healthy, attractive teeth is also good for your mental health as it helps to build confidence. Your smile is one of the first things people notice about you, whether you’re on a date or a job interview. Orthodontic treatment can greatly improve your relationships and quality of life.
WHAT ARE MY TREATMENT OPTIONS?
For many adults, the thought of having metal braces is enough to discourage them from receiving treatment. But today’s options offer a variety of braces and appliances that are comfortable, discreet, and customized to meet your needs.
YOUR TREATMENT OPTIONS INCLUDE:
WHAT MAKES ADULT ORTHODONTICS DIFFERENT?
Our practice recognizes that adults and children have different needs, and require a different level of attention and care. We will work with you to ensure that you receive the most appropriate treatments, and that your needs are met with understanding and respect from us.
Here are some of the main differences betweenand adults.
YOU’RE DONE GROWING
The main difference between treating adults versus children is that your jawbone is no longer developing. Since you’ve stopped growing, you may need orthognathic surgery to align the jawbones. But it’s important to remember that each patient is different.
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 CHILD
Many adults received some orthodontic treatment as a child or teen, but never completed their treatment. As an adult, they choose to complete their orthodontic treatment to achieve the healthy, beautiful smile they always wanted.
REQUEST AN APPOINTMENT WITH DR. SIARA-OLDS
Dr. Siara-Olds is a board-certified orthodontist in Milford, MI, that treats patients of all ages. To request a consultation, please call Siara-Olds Orthodontics at (248) 684-6833. You may also fill out our online contact form and someone from our office will reach out to you soon.