Orthodontics is not just for children and teens. In fact, in the US, 1 in every 5 patients in orthodontic treatment is an adult. No one is too old for a beautiful smile.
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 the initial treatment.
Benefits of Treatment
Adults can benefit from orthodontic treatment in many ways;
- Alignment of the teeth to create a more esthetic and beautiful smile
- Correcting relapse after previous orthodontic treatment due to lack of long-term retainer wear
- Improved ability to brush and floss, especially for crowded or overlapping lower front teeth
- Create a better or more comfortable bite and ability to chew.
- Address missing teeth
- Close spaces between the teeth
- Reduce excessive wear on the teeth due to grinding or poor bite
- Jaw surgery to correct discrepancies 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.
Soreness and Discomfort
Orthodontic treatment is no more uncomfortable for adults than children. Adults undergoing orthodontic treatment report the same level of soreness as children (although adults are more willing to tell us about the soreness).
Typically, the teeth are most uncomfortable 12–24 hours after an orthodontic adjustment and will disappear within 3 to 5 days. Modern appliances are smaller and more comfortable to wear.
The fee for adult orthodontic treatment is determined the same way as child or adolescent treatment. It is based on the severity of the discrepancy, the complexity of the correction, the appliances used, and the length of time to correct.
Our orthodontists have undergone additional training to better serve the special needs of adults. They have focused their training on jaw surgery, occlusion, and implants and will coordinate treatment with your family dentist to address missing teeth and gum disease.
Our office has treated individuals in their 50s, 60s, and even 70s. It’s never too late to gain the smile you’ve always wanted.