Orthodontics Services

Orthodontics for Adults

You are never too old to get the smile of your dreams. In fact, nearly one in five orthodontic patients today is over the age of 21. Adults understand the importance of their oral health, and want to take the next step in improving their self-confidence.

Reasons for seeking out orthodontic treatment are as individual as the patients themselves, but some common reasons why adults are considering 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
  • Getting the teeth lined up so that ideal, minimally invasive dental work can be done
  • Aligning the teeth so the jaws can be moved as part of sleep apnea treatment.

Treatment Options for Adults

Many adult patients may have been reluctant to seek out orthodontic treatment because they weren’t keen on the idea of a mouth full of metal. But orthodontic treatments used today are sophisticated, modern and sleek, allowing them to blend in seamlessly with your life. Braces options today are customized to meet your needs and more comfortable than ever before.

Types of braces include:

  • Clear braces
  • Ceramic braces
  • Invisible braces
  • Traditional metal braces

The difference between adult orthodontics and orthodontics for children and teens:

The main difference between treating adults and children or teens is that the jawbones of younger patients are still developing. For adults, these bones have stopped growing, which, in severe cases, may make orthognathic surgery necessary  to align the jawbones. Other differences include:

Gum or bone loss (periodontal disease) — Children rarely experience gum recession and/or bone loss, but because gum disease is so prevalent in adults, this is more common for our adult patients. But one advantage to receiving orthodontic treatment is that straighter teeth are healthier teeth and patients, with proper oral care, will be less prone to developing gum disease.

Worn or missing teeth — Think of how often you use your teeth everyday, and then multiply that over the course of your lifetime. It’s only natural that adult teeth are more prone to being worn down, and sometimes adults may even be missing teeth. This can cause the remaining teeth to shift or even tilt, creating a bad bite and other oral health issues.

A bite that has shifted with age – Our smiles naturally shift some as we age and we may find that our bite is out of alignment. Orthodontic treatment can correct it, and a retainer can be worn to ensure the smile stays in place.

Incomplete orthodontic treatment as a teen — Some adults may have received treatment as a teen, but never completed their treatment, or never wore their retainers. As an adult, they choose to complete their orthodontic treatment to achieve the healthy, beautiful smile they always wanted.

We know that adults and children have different needs and require different levels of care. We work hard to ensure every patient receives the most appropriate treatments for their needs, and we always strive to ensure each patient is treated with compassion and respect.

Why should you consider orthodontic treatment as an adult?

Straight teeth are healthy teeth — Crooked, crowded and misaligned teeth are harder to keep clean, which can lead to decay and gum disease. Straight teeth aren’t just more attractive, they are healthier, too.

A beautiful, straight smile builds confidence — Orthodontic treatment changes lives by giving patients the confidence to greet the world with a smile. After treatment, patients often report a boost in their self-esteem which leads to better quality of life.

Mouths left untreated can get worse — Untreated orthodontic issues can compound over time, leading to more serious issues that can require costly dental work.

Set yourself up for successful dental work – When the teeth are well aligned and fitting together correctly it is possible for your dentist to do the best and least invasive dental work that is needed.  In case of a dental emergency where a tooth is lost or damaged it is much easier to replace or fix the problem tooth when the rest of the mouth is as it should be.

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 to help you schedule appointments at convenient times for your schedule.

Please contact our practice to schedule an appointment for an orthodontic evaluation. If needed, early treatment now will give your child a healthy, beautiful smile for the future.