The Permanent Dentition (Age 15 and up)
Orthodontics is not just for children and teens. In fact, 1 in every 4 patients in orthodontic treatment is an adult. No one is too old for orthodontic treatment.
Adults seek orthodontic treatment for many of the same reasons as children. Some adults had orthodontic problems as children but were unable to correct them until now. Others, who had treatment as children, may need further treatment as adults due to relapse or limitations in initial treatment.
Benefits of Treatment
In addition to the obvious cosmetic benefits, adults may have orthodontics to:
- Correct relapse after previous orthodontic treatment due to lack of retainer wear or other circumstances
- Improve the ability to brush and floss, especially for crowded or overlapping lower front teeth
- Address missing teeth
- Close spaces between the teeth
- Reduce excessive wear on the teeth due to grinding or poor bite
- Jaw surgery to correct discrepancy between the upper and lower jaws.
Appearance of Braces
Many adults are concerned with the appearance of braces. Often, Invisalign® (The invisible alternative to braces) can be used to treat adults. This technology involves clear removable aligners, fabricated through advanced 3D imaging to align the teeth. For more severe problems, we have the option of clear ceramic brackets instead of metal.
Typical Adult Treatment
Many of our adult patients have worn, missing or restored teeth. Because of this, patients may need some more diagnostic records than usual to properly determine the treatment plan.
Also, many of our patients will need some of these same teeth restored following treatment to make the colors match of all of their teeth or shape the bite to the new smile.
We work with your dentist to ensure that all the treatment is done in the proper sequence.
AAO Adult treatment guide