More adults are deciding to have orthodontic treatment and it 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 now you can too. Tooth alignment can be changed at any age if your teeth and gums are healthy. Orthodontic treatment at later stages in life can dramatically improve your personal appearance and self-esteem.
Today with the advances in technology and invisible braces, we can greatly reduce discomfort levels, decrease the frequency of visits, shorten treatment time and offer a variety of braces and appliances that are comfortable, aesthetic, and customized to meet your needs. Types of braces include:
- Invisalign Clear braces
- Clarity Ceramic braces
- Lingual (behind the tooth) braces
- Traditional metal braces
The main difference to remember when treating adults or children and teens, is that in younger patients the jawbones are still developing. 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.
- 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 teenager —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.
Our practice recognises 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. A large percentage of our patients are adults, and they agree that it much easier to fit orthodontic treatment into their lives and it’s never too late to improve their greatest asset – their smile. A new smile can begin today.