How Is Orthodontics For Adults Different?
The primary distinction between treating children or teenagers and adults is that younger patients’ jawbones are still developing, allowing for faster progress and easier movement of the teeth. Adult patients will still see the same excellent results, but it may take slightly more time under the consistent pressure of the aligners.
Further, adults are more prone than children to develop bone loss or gum recession as a result of advanced periodontal disease or gingivitis. Gum disease is less likely to affect patients who have straighter teeth. Over time, teeth may deteriorate and move into abnormal positions that can only be fixed through orthodontic treatment. A poor bite and an increased risk of gum disease can result from missing teeth causing adjacent teeth to move and tilt.
Teenage orthodontic treatment that was never fully completed is a common problem among adults. They decide to finish their orthodontic care as adults to have the healthy, attractive smile they’ve always desired. Our practice acknowledges that children and adults have different needs and necessitate various degrees of care. We will collaborate with you to make sure you receive the best care and that we are sensitive to and respectful of your needs.
Common Reasons Adults Consider Orthodontic Treatment
While most people associate orthodontic treatment with children and teens, more adults seek treatment to achieve a straighter, healthier smile. There are many reasons why adults may consider orthodontic treatment, including:
- To improve oral health – Because it might be challenging to properly clean crooked teeth, there may be a higher risk of dental decay and gum disease. In some cases, orthodontic treatment can help to improve oral health by making it easier to keep teeth clean.
- To correct a bite problem – A misaligned bite can cause several problems, including pain in the jaw joint (TMJ), headaches, and tooth wear. Orthodontic treatment can help to correct a bite problem and alleviate associated symptoms.
- To boost self-confidence – Many adults feel self-conscious about their smiles, which can impact their confidence in social and professional situations. Orthodontic treatment can give adults the confidence they need to smile freely and enjoy life to the fullest.
If you’re considering orthodontic treatment as an adult, consult with our experienced team to learn more about your options and whether treatment is right for you.
Benefits Of Invisalign For Adults
According to the American Association of Orthodontists, over one million adults in the United States are currently undergoing orthodontic treatment. And while patients still choose traditional metal braces the most, there is a growing trend toward more discreet solutions, like Invisalign.
Invisalign is a transparent aligner system that uses a series of custom-made retainers to straighten teeth gradually. Because they are nearly invisible, Invisalign trays are much less noticeable than metal braces, making them an ideal option for adults who are concerned about their appearance during treatment. In addition, Invisalign trays are removable, so patients can continue to eat their favorite foods and brush and floss their teeth with ease.
Finally, Invisalign treatment is often faster and more comfortable than traditional braces, making it an ideal choice for busy adults who want to achieve a straighter smile without disrupting their busy lives.