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Adults and Braces

Orthodontics for Adults

Did you know that one in every five orthodontics patients are adults?  And that number is constantly growing.  Many people are under the impression that orthodontic treatments are only for children and teenagers.  That couldn’t be further from the truth.  Especially with advancements in diagnostic tools and straightening appliances, orthodontics is no longer just for young people.  Adults who’ve long dreamed of having a straighter, healthier smile can now make their dream a reality.  Start your transformational journey with us.

Why should adults consider orthodontic treatment?

Orthodontic treatment is more than just for looks.  It saves teeth and prevents jaw pain.  Here are a few benefits for receiving orthodontic treatment, even as an adult:

  • Straight teeth are healthier — Straight teeth are easier to brush and floss, preventing premature tooth decay and gum disease.
  • Straight teeth are beautiful — Do you sometime hide your smile because of your teeth?  If so, imagine having straight teeth you could be proud to smile with.
  • Crooked, mispositioned teeth only gets worse — It is prudent to receive the orthodontic care you need as soon as you can.  Because teeth get worn and move.  And the longer you wait, the more likely preventable and costly complications may arise.

What are the treatment options for adults?

Many adults put off orthodontic treatment because they think it’ll either be too inconvenient and unsightly.  Fortunately, there are treatment options that focus on improving comfort and inconvenience for adult patients.  There are a variety of straightener appliances that offer more precision and comfort, and can suit your needs.  

Here are a few such options:

  • Clear braces
  • Ceramic braces
  • Self-ligating braces
  • Traditional metal braces

What is the difference between orthodontics for adults and children?

The primary difference between treatment for adults and for non-adults have to do with the jaw.  For adults, the jaw has completely developed.  That means, in order to align jawbones, an adult may require orthognathic surgery.

Other issues that adults deal with more frequently than non-adults:

  • Gum disease and bone loss — Adults with misaligned teeth are more prone to gum disease and bone atrophy than non-adults.  Because of that, adults may require periodontal therapy prior to their orthodontic treatment.
  • Worn, broken, or missing teeth — When a tooth is removed or lost, unless restored, the adjacent teeth begin to collapse like dominoes.  Orthodontic treatment may be required to correct this worsening condition.
  • Incomplete orthodontic treatment when young or not wearing retainers after previous orthodontic treatment — Many adults had orthodontic treatment as a child or teen, but they never completed it (so their condition reverted).  It’s never too late to re-correct and complete such treatment as an adult.

At Brushwell Dental, we understand the worries and concerns our adult orthodontic patients may have about their treatments.  We will do our best to address them, so you can receive the care you need in a timely and comforting manner.  We are committed to the transformation of your health and your smile.

If you’re interested in having an orthodontic consultation, please schedule an appointment by calling (626) 288-8940.

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This article is intended to promote understanding of and knowledge about general oral health topics. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your dentist or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or treatment.