Most people think only children and adolescents need orthodontic treatments, but more and more people are choosing adult orthodontic treatment. According to reports from the American Association of Orthodontists, 25 percent of orthodontic patients are above the age of 21.
The fact is that adult treatments are highly practical. To be fair, adults usually find it hard to visit the dentist for additional services, but the result of the treatment usually trumps the initial reservation. This article focuses on some of the popular adult orthodontic treatments.
The need for treatment
In some cases, parents may opt for orthodontic treatment after seeing its effects on their children. Usually, adult patients choose the procedure for cosmetic reasons. They may desire to improve their smile to gain more confidence in their social life or workplace.
In other situations, it is simply because orthodontic treatment is the best option for their oral health. When orthodontic issues such as misaligned teeth or a bad bite are not corrected on time, they could cause complications like tooth decay or gum diseases. Also, many problems linked with aging teeth, such as enamel degradation and gum loss, can be corrected with orthodontics and general dentistry.
Adult orthodontic treatments
Many orthodontic options are available for adults. When you come for your initial appointment, the dentist will perform a thorough examination to know the extent of the condition. A few orthodontic issues faced by adults include:
- Gum disease due to crowded or uneven teeth (which makes cleaning difficult)
- Worn teeth from misalignment
- Shifting and tilting caused by the gap created by missing teeth
- Repair of a previous orthodontic treatment
Traditional metal braces
These options have been in use for several years and have proven to be an effective method for shifting teeth. Created from high-quality stainless steel, new metal braces are lighter and more comfortable than before.
Clear and ceramic braces
These are not as pronounced as metal braces. They function and produce the same results as traditional braces, but blend in with the tooth color. This makes the braces less obvious. They are the best choice for adults who want to be more discreet with orthodontic treatment.
These are identical to metal braces but are positioned behind the teeth, instead of the front. This makes them a great choice for adults who want to align their teeth, yet keep the braces invisible.
These are an invisible set of clear aligners and are detachable. Custom clear plastic trays are designed to fit over the teeth and slowly move into the proper position with time. Periodically, you will need to visit the dentist to get a new set of aligners.
Clear aligners are suitable for adults who want to stick with their usual diet. With this orthodontic option, they can drink and eat whatever they choose and still maintain their usual oral hygiene routine. These benefits make invisible aligners a popular choice among adults.
In some cases, the use of braces is not sufficient to achieve the type of correction they need or crave. Together with the treatment, a surgical procedure may be necessary to correct misaligned jaws.
There are varied adult orthodontic treatments available. Whatever your oral health issue and lifestyle is, there will be an appropriate treatment.
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