The difference between adult orthodontics and orthodontics for children and teens:
Our practice recognizes that adults, children and teens have different needs, and require a different level of attention and care. We will work with you to ensure that you receive the most appropriate treatments, and that your needs are met with understanding and respect. See below for more details.
Stages of Growth
The jawbones in children are still growing and developing. For adults, these bones have stopped growing, which may mean the possibility of orthognathic surgery to align the jawbones.
Gum or bone loss (periodontal disease)
Adults are more likely than children to experience gum recession or even bone loss due to gingivitis or advanced periodontal disease. Straighter teeth are easier to clean, decreasing the risk of periodontal disease.
Worn or missing teeth
Over time teeth can become worn down and shift into different positions that can only be corrected with orthodontic care. Missing teeth can cause other teeth to shift and tilt, creating a bad bite and increasing the possibility of gum disease.
Incomplete orthodontic treatment as a teen
Many adults received some orthodontic treatment as a child or teen, but never completed their treatment. As an adult, they choose to complete their orthodontic treatment to achieve the healthy, beautiful smile they always wanted.
Why should you consider orthodontic treatment?
Straight teeth are healthy teeth
Teeth that are properly aligned are easier to keep clean with flossing and brushing, and may help prevent other health problems.
A beautiful, straight smile builds confidence
Orthodontic treatment can help boost your self-confidence, giving you a better quality of life and the freedom to smile without holding back!
Mouths left untreated can get worse
Not receiving orthodontic treatment when it’s needed can create long-term health issues costing you more in the end.
To learn more about the benefits of adult orthodontics please contact our practice to schedule an appointment. We understand that you have a busy schedule, and we will work with you to make sure each office visit is as convenient as possible.