Treatment Options for Adults
Orthodontic treatment was previously sought after mainly by teenagers. According to stats offered by the Canadian Association of Orthodontists, 1 in 5 new ortho clients is older than 21 years.
More adults are choosing to secure optimum oral health by undergoing orthodontic treatment. People are also interested in improving their self-appearance and self-image by transforming their smiles.
Why are more adults considering orthodontic therapy?
Adults consider braces for a wide host of reasons. They may wish for more confidence and better oral health. They may be choosing to lessen uncomfortable jaw pressure caused by malocclusion or a painful bad bite that brings the teeth together awkwardly. Orthodontic therapy can amend teeth that are tightly crowded or separated. Straight teeth have less chance of developing tooth decay or gum disease.
What treatment options are available for adult patients?
While metal braces may be the first type of orthodontic treatment one thinks about, the reality is there are numerous brace choices to consider. New technology has introduced an assortment of ortho appliances that range in comfort and aesthetics. Different kinds of brace options beyond traditional metal brackets include self-ligating braces, Invisalign clear aligners and hidden lingual braces for discreet treatment.
Key differences between adult orthodontic treatment and children’s braces
Younger patients undergoing treatment are working on their smiles while their jawbones are still developing and growing. Adult jaws have finished their growth and solidified. This factor plays into the potential for orthognathic surgery to transition the jawbones into their new position.
Adult clients may also have periodontal disease, bone loss, or gum loss to consider alongside their treatment. Clients who have straighter teeth are less prone to gum disease and decay.
Many adults return to orthodontics later in life as they did not comply with their adolescent treatments. They may be in a better position to care for their teeth and afford a healthier smile. It is never too late to achieve the vibrant, functional smile you have been dreaming about.
Worn out or missing teeth in adults is another contributing factor to choosing orthodontic therapy. Teeth may wear together, and the enamel can break down due to a misaligned bite. Gaps from missing or decayed teeth can cause the rest of the teeth to shift. These issues can be amended with orthodontic care. A bad bite can lead to worse issues including gum disease and damaged teeth.
Our team understands that children and adults require various amounts of treatment and attention. We work with you every step of the way to deliver the best treatment choices. We are dedicated to meeting every clients’ needs with kindness, understanding, and respect.
Considering Orthodontic Treatments?
If you choose not to pursue orthodontic treatment, your dental health could deteriorate. Postponing your treatment may cause long-term damage to your dentition and health issues that will be expensive.
Aligned, straight, healthy teeth are much simpler to take care of with brushing and flossing daily. It is easier to access the gum line and between each tooth when they are straight.
Many people report that orthodontic treatment has boosted their self-confidence and enhanced their appearance. Feeling positive about your smile is good for your health! Imagine being able to smile and laugh freely without feeling self-conscious.
We’d love to answer your questions. Call to schedule an appointment or to learn about the benefits of adult orthodontics. We know how busy you are and promise to ensure every office visit is as convenient as possible.