No one is too old for orthodontic treatment. Treatment is not just for children and teens. It can benefit all. About one in every five patients in orthodontic treatment is an adult. If you have misaligned teeth or an improper bite, ask Dr. Johnson about adult orthodontics. Adults need orthodontic treatment for many of the same reasons as children. Many adult patients had orthodontic issues as children, but were unable to correct them until now. Other adults had treatment as children, but they need further treatment as adults because of relapse or limitations in their initial treatment.
Benefits of Treatment
Orthodontics can do many things for adults, including:
• Align their teeth, creating a more beautiful smile
• Correct a relapse after previous orthodontic treatment
• Make it easier to brush and floss properly, especially for crowded or overlapping lower front teeth
• Improve the bite and the ability to chew comfortably
• Address missing teeth
• Close gaps in the teeth
• Reduce wear on the teeth because of teeth grinding or a poor bite
• Correct discrepancy between the upper and lower jaws through orhtodontic treatment, sometimes involving jaw surgery
Appearance of Braces
Many adults are self-conscious about the appearance of braces. Many adults choose Invisalign®, invisible aligners, to straighten their teeth. These removable aligners are fabricated through 3D imaging to align the teeth over teeth. For some patients, clear ceramic brackets are a good option.
Orthodontics is no more uncomfortable for adults than it is for children. Adults with braces or aligners report the same amount of soreness as children. However, adults are generally more willing to tell us about being sore.
Usually, the teeth are the most uncomfortable for 12-24 hours after an orthodontic adjustment. The discomfort typically disappears in three to five days. Modern orthodontic appliances are smaller and more comfortable. With modern techniques, less pressure can be put on the teeth while moving the teeth more rapidly and efficiently. The new titanium technology also increases the time required between adjustments to every eight to ten weeks. On average, treatment is completed in 15 to 18 months.
The cost of adult orthodontic treatment is determined in the same manner as child or orthodontic treatment. The fee is based on the severity of the problem, the complexity of the treatment plan, the appliances used, and the length of time it takes to correct the issue.
Dr. Johnson has treated people in their 50s, 60s, and even 70s. Know that it is never too late to gain the straight, attractive, healthy smile that you have always wanted. Contact All Kids Dental Pediatrics & Orthodontics today to learn more and to schedule an appointment.