Today more than 30% of the orthodontic patients are adults.
Crooked teeth, improper bites, overcrowding and protrusions are now being corrected in many people regardless of age.
New technology has made the process easier and more effective than ever. And less conspicuous braces have encouraged more adults to seek orthodontic treatment.
Simply put, orthodontic treatment is one of the best investments you can make in your appearance and your health.
How is adult orthodontics different?
The approach to adult orthodontic treatment is similar to adolescent treatment, but there are some important differences:
- Adult faces have reached their final size and shape. Growth patterns in children can be altered with devices such as headgear and functional appliances. These devices are not very effective for adults, but there are workable treatment options.
- Adult bones are no longer growing and it may take a little longer to move teeth into their correct position.
- Adults may have worn or heavily filled teeth or even some missing teeth. There may be tooth or gum problems that require treatment by your dentist or another specialist prior to starting braces work. Other times some new restorations may be needed after orthodontic treatment.
- Adult teeth have a greater tendency to return toward their original position, therefore the post-treatment retention period is longer.
Is it for looks only?
Besides providing you with a better smile, orthodontic treatment can also improve your health. Here are some of the health risks that can occur when you have an orthodontic problem:
- If it is more difficult to keep teeth and gums clean when the teeth are crooked and crowded. This can increase the risk of tooth decay and gum disease and may lead to eventual tooth loss.
- If chewing is difficult, you may be less likely to eat nutritious foods. For example, you may omit high-fibre foods from your diet. Also, food that is not properly chewed is not easily digested.
- A poor bite can cause extra stress on the chewing muscles. This may cause pain or problems with the jaw joints.
- Protruding teeth are more easily chipped or fractured.
- Bad bites can also result in abnormal or excessive wear of tooth surfaces.
Less visible braces
Since every adult’s teeth and jaws are unique, Dr. Barber will talk with you about your individual treatment plan and the appliances you would need.
Today’s braces are often tiny bonded brackets on your front teeth and stronger bands on your molars. You will have the option of wearing ceramic tooth-coloured braces which can only be seen at close range. They work best for specific orthodontic problems and may be suitable for your teeth. If you’re interested in this option, ask Dr. Barber to explain the pros and cons of these braces.
It’s never too late!
Whether you are six or sixty, appearance and health is an important part of your life. Your smile, in particular, affects your looks and helps communicate your thoughts and emotions. Don’t be hindered by crooked teeth or a poor bite. Orthodontic treatment can improve your smile, health and self-confidence. You will look and feel better.
It’s never too late to go straight!
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