Did you know that approximately 20% of all orthodontic patients are adults? That means that orthodontic treatment isn’t just for children and teens anymore. There are many reasons why we see so many orthodontic patients over the age of 21. Most are choosing to seek the best treatment for their overall health or desire to improve their personal appearance.
Common Factors Influencing Adult Orthodontic Treatment:
- An uneven bite or poor occlusion, in which the teeth do not fit together correctly
- Crowding or spacing, which can contribute to tooth decay and/or gum disease
- Chronic jaw pain or unbalanced forces resulting from crooked teeth
- A personal desire for optimal oral health and confidence
Which Orthodontic Option is Right for Adults?
The orthodontic treatment options that are best for adults are not only influenced by their dental conditions, they are also influenced by their lifestyles and personal preferences. That’s why we offer braces and appliances in a variety of styles. For your comfort and lifestyle, we offer:
- Clear or invisible braces
- Ceramic braces
- Conventional metal braces
Why is Adult Orthodontic Treatment Unique?
As an adult, your orthodontic needs are different from those of children or teens. Your jawbones are no longer growing, making orthognathic surgery a possibility for proper alignment. Adult orthodontic needs are also unique in the following ways:
Bone loss and gum recession are more common in adults than children as the result of gingivitis and periodontal disease. Fortunately, having straighter teeth can reduce the risk for periodontal diseases.
Damaged or Missing Teeth
As you age, your teeth are subject to the kind of deterioration and shifting that can affect the way that your teeth fit together. These problems can be resolved through orthodontic treatment.
Incomplete or Reverted Orthodontic Treatment from Childhood
Some adults, after receiving orthodontic treatment during their youth, choose to have their treatment completed in adulthood. Others may wish to correct the shifting that may have occurred many years after childhood orthodontics.
Your orthodontic needs and the related level of attention can be vastly different from a child or teen as you age. Our team will work to ensure that your treatment is appropriate and aligned with your personal goals.
Interested in adult orthodontics? Contact our office to schedule a consultation today.