Many adults with dental problems assume they are too old for orthodontics, which is not true. When it comes to orthodontics, adults are considered to be just as good as young patients because there is no cut-off age to fix problems with the teeth, and teeth can be aligned and moved at any age.
Is there an age limit for orthodontics?
Most people deal with problems like crooked teeth, crowded teeth and bad bites, which affect the appearance of the teeth and make them reluctant to smile in public. However, teeth appearance is just a small part of the problem because crowded and overlapping teeth are difficult to clean properly, increasing the chances of the patient having tooth decay or gum disease. Bite problems can cause problems with chewing and swallowing food, and can also make it difficult to pronounce certain words.
Even though childhood is the best time to fix these types of problems with orthodontics, there are many people that choose to get orthodontic treatment as adults. In fact, the American Association of Orthodontists notes that one in every five orthodontic patients is an adult.
Are there any risks associated with getting orthodontic treatment as an adult?
There are no health risks associated with getting orthodontic treatment as an adult. But, there are a few things to keep in mind:
- The human bone stops growing as people get older, so some structural changes will likely require surgery.
- The treatment process will likely take longer than it would for an adolescent or child.
Will I have to wear braces?
It depends. If a patient is undergoing treatment to straighten their teeth, fix bite problems or to create some room for their other teeth, their dentist will likely recommend braces to fix the problem. However, they also understand that not too many adults want to deal with braces as they go about their daily lives, so there are options to choose from.
Types of braces
Some of the different types of braces that are available are:
These are the most common braces available and requires brackets to be bonded on the surface of the teeth with wires attached to them to move the teeth gradually. They are considered the most effective way to fix crooked teeth and bite problems.
These braces are popular with adults that want to straighten their teeth discreetly. They are similar to traditional braces, but instead of the brackets being bonded to the front surface of the teeth, they bonded to the back surface of the teeth, making them almost impossible to notice.
These are also very popular with adults because they are effective and also very difficult to notice. They are made from a clear plastic material and are removable, allowing people undergoing treatment to take them off when they want to eat or brush their teeth.
Orthodontics is used to fix problems people have with their teeth regardless of their age. If you are an adult and need orthodontic treatment, schedule an appointment with a dentist to get checked out and go over your treatment options.
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