Orthodontic Treatment for Adults
Common reasons why adults are considering orthodontic treatment include:
- A desire for a healthier mouth and a more confident smile
- A bad bite or malocclusion, causing teeth to fit together incorrectly
- Teeth are crowded or spaced apart, possibly leading to tooth decay or gum disease
- 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 correct misalignment in preparation for cosmetic work planned through a dentist or other dental specialist
- Correction of relapse from past orthodontic treatment done earlier in life
Adult Orthodontics vs. Children and Teen Orthodontics
Our practice recognizes 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.
Adult cases are unique in that there are other variables to consider when treating.
- Gum or Bone Loss, or Periodontal Disease
Adults are more likely than children to experience gum recession or even bone loss due to gingivitis or advanced periodontal 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 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 care to achieve the healthy, beautiful smile they always wanted.