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ADULT BRACES

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Adult braces in a specialist dental practice

It is quite common to believe that braces are only suitable for children and adolescents. People tend to think “It’s too late for me anyway”, but they are often mistaken. The process involved in moving teeth is the same at any age. 
 In fact, about one in every five orthodontic patients is an adult and it’s never too late to correct the problems.

Teeth are still movable in the adult population because the biological process allowing tooth movement is the same as in children, although adult treatment takes longer than a child’s treatment.

There are a few differences in adult and children’s orthodontic treatment. The lack of growth of facial bones in adults inhibits some of the corrections possible in children and also adult’s teeth need to be moved more slowly. If the adult patient’s problems are largely due to a discrepancy in the jaws, a combined approach including orthodontics and orthognathic “jaw” surgery is possible. This treatment option can achieve very dramatic improvements in the appearance of the face and function of the jaws and teeth.

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Adults seek orthodontic treatment of various reasons:

Some adults were unable to get orthodontic treatment in their childhood for various reasons, perhaps their parents could not afford braces, or viewed them as less socially acceptable at that time. Often, the way they have viewed their smile has been on their mind for many years. Now they are tired of waiting, and ready to begin treatment!

 

Other adults had braces when they were younger, but did not understand the importance of wearing their retainers to keep their teeth in position. Now they have experienced relapse, the natural tendency of teeth to return to their original position. They are unhappy with their smile, and seek out treatment.

 

Orthodontic treatment for adults is often indicated to aid in treatment planned by one’s general dentist. This combined approach is often best when teeth are missing or mal-shaped and are planned to be replaced or restored with crowns, bridges or implants. The orthodontic treatment is designed to properly reposition the teeth adjacent to the missing tooth site so that an ideal sized and shaped replacement tooth can be fabricated. Also, teeth that are overlapped and crowded can be straightened so that better access for cleaning can be achieved.

Adults also may have experienced some breakdown or loss of their teeth and bone that supports the teeth and may require periodontal treatment before, during, and/or after orthodontic treatment. Bone loss can also limit the amount and direction of tooth movement that is advisable.

 

Orthodontic treatment can be successful at any age and adults especially appreciate the benefits of a healthy and beautiful smile.
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