You are never too old to seek orthodontic treatment! Improving your smile and bite can be done at any age and if you are considering orthodontics, we encourage you to reach out to us so you can find out your options.
Many adults are choosing to receive treatment because they understand the importance of maintaining their teeth and want to feel better about the appearance of their teeth and smile.
Benefits of braces for adults
- Teeth function, allowing you to bite and chew correctly
- The ability to restore missing teeth
- Facial appearance
- Oral health
- Obstructive Sleep Apnea
- Confidence and self-esteem
- Tooth decay by correcting areas where plaque can easily build-up
- Periodontal (gum) issues
- Bone loss around teeth
- Straining of teeth, jaws, and muscles that could lead to greater risk of tooth breakage.
- Abnormal wearing of tooth surface
- Difficulties chewing
Difference in orthodontic treatments for adults, children, and teens
The main difference to remember when treating adults or children and teens is that in younger patients the jawbones are still developing. For adults, these bones have stopped growing, which may mean the possibility of orthognathic surgery to align the jawbones. Other differences include:
- Gum or bone loss (periodontal disease): Adults are more likely than children to experience gum recession or even bone loss due to gingivitis or advanced periodontal disease.
- Worn or missing teeth: Over time teeth can become worn down and shift into different positions that can only be corrected with orthodontic care. Missing teeth can cause other teeth to shift and tilt, creating a bad bite and increasing the possibility of gum disease.
- Previous orthodontic treatment as a teen: Many adults received orthodontic treatment as a child or teen but never completed their treatment or did not wear their retainers resulting in the need for retreatment.
Orthognathic Surgery or Corrective Jaw Surgery
Corrective jaw surgery moves your teeth and jaws into positions that are more balanced, functional, and healthy. Whether your needs include improving your bite and function, appearance, or speech, corrective jaw surgery can have a dramatic and positive effect on your outlook on life. We are here to work together with you to help you achieve a beautiful, functional, pain-free smile that will last for the rest of your life.
Who needs corrective jaw surgery?
In some cases, your upper and lower jaws may have grown at different rates. Injuries and birth defects may also affect jaw alignment. While orthodontics can usually correct problems when only the teeth are misaligned, corrective jaw surgery may be necessary to correct misalignment of the jaws. If you suffer from any of the following conditions, you may be an excellent candidate for corrective jaw surgery:
- Difficulty chewing, biting food, or swallowing
- Chronic jaw or jaw joint (TMJ) pain and headache
- Excessive wear of the teeth
- Open bite (space between the upper and lower teeth when the mouth is closed)
- Unbalanced facial appearance from the front or side
- Facial injury or birth defects
- Receding chin
- Protruding jaw
- Inability to make the lips meet without straining
- Chronic mouth breathing and dry mouth
- Sleep apnea (breathing problems when sleeping, including snoring)
Receiving treatment to correct any of the above conditions is a commitment, not only to your health but to your happiness as well. While treatment, which may include surgery and orthodontic treatment, may take several years to complete, the results will last a lifetime. There is no reason to live with painful, uncomfortable jaw conditions. Contact our office to learn about the best treatment option for you, your needs, and your smile.
Our practice also recognizes that adults and children have different needs and require a different level of attention and care. We will work with you to ensure that you receive the most appropriate treatments and that your needs are met with understanding and respect from us.