Adult Orthodontic treatment is a specialty of dentistry that fixes malocclusions (improper bites) by aligning crowded or crooked teeth, and addressing disproportionate jaw relationships.
Why Adult Orthodontics?
An improper bite can interfere with chewing and speaking, can cause abnormal wear to tooth enamel, and can lead to problems with the jaws. In some cases, the upper and lower jaws may not meet properly even though the teeth may appear straight.
Adults can benefit from adult orthodontics just as much as children. A healthy bite is as important at age 60 as it is at age 16. Even though adults are no longer growing, they can also enjoy improvements that come from adult orthodontic treatment.
It’s not too late to correct problems such as crooked or crowded teeth, overbites, underbites, incorrect jaw position, or jaw-joint disorders. The biological process involved in moving teeth is the same at any age. Usually, adult treatment takes a little longer than a child’s treatment. Because an adult’s facial bones are no longer growing, certain corrections may not be accomplished with braces alone. No matter your age, it’s never too late to improve your dental health and beautify your smile.
Diagnosis & Treatment Plan
Treatment plans are customized depending on what conditions need correcting. Although some discomfort is expected during treatment, braces are made with newer materials apply a constant, gentle force to move teeth and usually require fewer adjustments.
Goal of Adult Orthodontics
The purpose of adult orthodontics is to treat malocclusion through braces, corrective procedures and other “appliances” to straighten teeth and correct jaw alignment.
Braces, or orthodontic appliances, can be as noticeable or as hidden as the patient prefers. Brackets attach to each tooth, and allow for realignment. Brackets are smaller and can sometimes be attached to the back of the tooth, making the brackets less noticeable. Brackets may be made of metal, ceramic, plastic or a combination of these materials. Some brackets are clear or tooth-colored.
The goal of adult orthodontic treatment is a good bite, so they mesh well with the opposite jaw. A good bite makes it easier chew and speak. This can enhance your dental and overall health, and may improve self-esteem.