Age is not necessarily a limiting factor for orthodontic treatment. With healthy gums and bone structure, teeth can be straightened at any age.
Now-a-days, adults are increasingly opting for orthodontic treatment to straighten teeth and improve their smile and dental health. It is also important for many adults to look their best. For business and social reasons, orthodontic treatment can improve their confidence and their smile.
Whilst treatment results in improved self-confidence and satisfaction, the goals of orthodontics are not just the cosmetic enhancement of your smile – there are always significant improvements in the health of your teeth and gums.
Orthodontic problems, like crowding, gaps or a bad bite can worsen over time, if not appropriately addressed. For instance a ‘bad bite’ can end up causing chewing problems, uncharacteristic wearing of tooth surfaces and injury to the supporting bone and gum tissue. Poor tooth alignment can contribute to pain in your jaw joints and crowded teeth can be hard to clean or maintain, which may eventually lead to gum disease, tooth decay and even tooth loss.
Another example is when a tooth has been missing for a period of time and the adjacent teeth have tipped into the space, restricting the placement of a bridge or an implant. Orthodontic movement of the adjacent teeth would be the ideal way to recreate the desired space.
In order to clarify if you can benefit from orthodontic treatment, a consultation with a specialist orthodontist is necessary. After observing the condition of your teeth, gums and supporting bones to determine the potential for improving your smile and dental health, the orthodontist will make a decision, and inform you of what your treatment will involve and its approximate cost. After you have decided to go ahead, your orthodontist will then make diagnostic records of your mouth, including taking moulds of your teeth, special x-rays and photographs.
Because everyone’s teeth are distinct to them, it is only after a thorough examination of you and your orthodontic requirements, that your orthodontist will recommend the optimum course of treatment for improving your smile. Now, with modern orthodontic treatments, using clear or virtually invisible braces and aligners it is also possible to straighten teeth in a very discrete and effective manner.