Yes, healthy teeth can be moved at any age. In fact, approximately 40% of all our patients are adult patients — and this number is growing every year. Getting the smile you have been dreaming of has never been easier.
Several recent major breakthroughs in adult orthodontics have greatly improved adult treatment. The introduction of clear aligners, clear aesthetic braces and braces behind the teeth provides the adult patient with a multitude of treatment options. The new self-ligating, no-friction technology makes adult tooth movement predictable and comfortable as never before.
Another concern from adult patients is time. We understand that you have a tight schedule, and the new advancements in adult orthodontics can make your treatment more efficient. You will have fewer adjustments, less time in our office and less time in your braces – allowing you more time for your career and your family.
When it comes time for an adult to get their braces off, they are understandably ecstatic. In fact, the three most common comments we hear from our adult patients are…
- “I never imagined that it would be this easy!”
- “I could not be happier about my smile!”
- “I wish I did this sooner!”
Health concerns are often the primary reasons for adults seeking orthodontic treatment in our office. Many orthodontic problems, such as crooked teeth, dysfunctional bites or loss of adult teeth, can have a serious affect on the oral and general health. Orthodontic treatment can help prevent many oral health problems such as cavities and gum disease that can eventually lead to the loss of adult teeth.
Many adult patients are being informed by their dentist that their frequent or recurrent cavities are related to their crooked teeth. Even with proper brushing and flossing, crowding creates a dental environment that is almost impossible to properly clean. Orthodontic treatment can provide the adult patient with a phenomenal smile, while — most importantly — improving their oral hygiene.
In some instances, the adult patient will seek orthodontic treatment because of space problems. Early loss or extraction of adult teeth can cause the adjacent teeth to tip into the space of the missing tooth. This can create a food trap and an area that is difficult to clean. The final outcome is the weakening of the surrounding structures such as the bone around the teeth causing them to become loose.
A crooked bite, besides being unattractive, creates abnormal wear on the teeth and excessive pressure on the supporting tooth structures. If left untreated, a crooked bite can eventually lead to gum disease, fractured teeth and potentially loss of teeth.
Orthodontic treatment involves more than crooked teeth. Some adult patients are experiencing significant snoring and/or sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is defined as multiple episodes of breathing cessation while sleeping. Sleep apnea, if left untreated, has been shown to shorten a person’s life expectancy by increasing the risk for heart attacks and stroke.
Disorders of the temporomandibular joints, which are the joints between the lower jaw and the skull, are a common reason why adult patient seek orthodontic treatment. In some instances, we can provide adequate treatment to relieve pain associated with temporomanibular jaw disorders (TMJ/TMD).