Orthodontics for Adults
Orthodontic Treatment for Adults
Orthodontic treatment isn’t just for teens. According to the American Association of Orthodontists, one in five orthodontic patients is over the age of 21. More and more adults are seeking orthodontic care because they know the importance of maintaining their oral health, and they want a smile that stays beautiful for life.
Common Reasons for Treatment
Some of the most common reasons for adults seeking orthodontic treatment are:
- A bad bite causing teeth to fit together incorrectly
- Teeth that are overcrowded or spaced too far apart
- Pain or pressure in the jaw from crooked teeth
- To improve their oral health
- They want a smile they’ll be confident to share
Treatment Options for Adults
Many adults have apprehensions about wearing metal braces. Thankfully, advancements in technology and orthodontic care have produced other options, including:
- Clear braces
- Ceramic braces
- Orthognathic surgery
Orthodontic Care–It’s Different for Adults
The primary difference between treating young patients and adult patients is that the jawbone of a younger patient is still growing, whereas an adult jawbone is complete. Because of this, some adults can choose to undergo orthognathic surgery instead of wearing braces.
It’s also common for adults to receive partial orthodontic treatment as a child or teen without finishing their treatment. As they get older and notice some lingering issues, they often choose to return to an orthodontist and complete the alignment.
Why You Should Consider Orthodontic Treatment?
Straight teeth are healthy teeth — Properly aligned teeth are easier to clean, helping you prevent tooth decay and gum disease. Misaligned teeth can also affect the function of your bite, changing the way your teeth fit together.
A beautiful smile builds confidence — Properly aligning your teeth will enhance your smile and improve your self-confidence. You’ll be able to enjoy all the benefits of a healthy and beautiful smile.
Untreated issues will probably get worse — If you or your dentist notices issues that require orthodontic treatment, don’t wait. The problem is likely to get worse over time, making treatment more difficult.
If you want to learn more about the benefits of adult orthodontics, contact our office and schedule a consultation with Dr. Catherine Yazar or Dr. Mustafa Yazar. We look forward to meeting you.