Orthodontics for Adults
Orthodontic treatment is no longer just for teens. In fact, the American Association of Orthodontists states that one in five orthodontic patients is over the age of 21. Many adults are choosing to receive treatment because they understand the importance of maintaining their health, and they want to feel better about their appearance. Adults everywhere are taking advantage of the opportunity to receive orthodontic care, and so can you. Contact Dr. John Orthodontics and schedule your complimentary orthodontic evaluation today!
COMMON REASONS WHY ADULTS CONSIDER ORTHODONTIC TREATMENT
- A bad bite or malocclusion, causing teeth to fit together incorrectly
- Teeth are crowded or spaced apart, possibly causing tooth decay or gum disease
- Abnormal jaw pain, or pressure that is caused by crooked teeth
- Grinding or headaches caused from dislocated jaw joints
- Desire for a healthier mouth and a more confident smile
TREATMENT OPTIONS FOR ADULTS
For many adults, the thought of having metal braces is enough to discourage them from receiving treatment. However, today's orthodontic treatment options offer a variety of braces and appliances that are comfortable, aesthetic, and customized to meet your needs. Types of braces include:
THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ADULT ORTHODONTICS AND ORTHODONTICS FOR CHILDREN AND TEENS
The main difference to remember when treating adults or children and teens, is that in younger patients the jawbones are still developing. For adults, these bones have stopped growing, so treatment can take a bit longer and involve possible compromises. 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 or can help you stop its progression.
- 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. We can work with your dentist to accomodate treatment that may include making appropriate space for dental implants or other dental resorations.
- Incomplete orthodontic treatment as a teen -- 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.
- Neglecting to wear a retainer -- Many adults received and completed successful orthodontic treatment as a child but unfortunately did not continue to wear their retainer in their adult years. This may have caused the teeth to shift out of alignment. This type of patient is typically a less complex case that usually qualifies for lessor orthodontic treatment through Invisalign.
WHY SHOULD YOU CONSIDER ORTHODONTIC TREATMENT as an adult
- 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.
- 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 health issues costing you more in the end.
To learn more about the benefits of adult orthodontics please contact our practice to schedule an appointment. We understand that you have a busy schedule, and we will work with you to make sure each office visit is as convenient as possible.