Orthodontic Treatment for Adults
Orthodontic treatment is no longer just for teens. In fact, the American Association of Orthodontists cites that one in five orthodontic patients is over the age of 21. One in three of our patients is an adult. Many adults are choosing to receive treatment because they understand the importance of maintaining their health, and they want to feel better about their appearance. Adults everywhere are taking advantage of the opportunity to receive orthodontic care, and now you can too.
Common reasons why adults are considering orthodontic treatment:
- A bad bite or malocclusion, causing teeth to fit together incorrectly. A bad bite can cause damage to the teeth and gums, and is often responsible for TMD (temporomandibular joint and facial muscle pain) and migraine headaches
- Teeth are crowded or spaced apart, possibly causing tooth decay or gum disease
- They want a more beautiful smile
- They want to correct shifting in their teeth that has occurred since having braces as a child
- Desire for a healthier mouth and a more confident smile
Treatment options for adults
For many adults, the thought of having metal braces is enough to discourage them from receiving treatment. However, today's orthodontic treatment options offer a variety of braces and appliances that are comfortable, aesthetic, and customized to meet your needs. Types of orthodontic appliances include:
- Clear ceramic braces
- Self-ligating metal braces
- Lingual (behind the teeth) braces
Drs. Carroll and Sutton’s extensive training and experience in using Invisalign combined with the recent advances in Invisalign technology enable us to treat even some of the most complex orthodontic problems with this clear aligner technique. Dr. Carroll and Dr. Sutton have maintained the distinction of Premier Provider since 2009, signifying they are among the top 5% of doctors utilizing this technology.
The difference between adult orthodontics and orthodontics for children and teens:
The main difference to remember when treating adults or children and teens, is that in younger patients the jaws are still developing. For adults, these bones have stopped growing, which may mean the possibility of orthognathic surgery to align the jaws. Drs. Carroll and Sutton offer orthodontic treatment technique that make jaw surgery rarely necessary. Other differences include:
- 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. Patients with straighter teeth are less likely to get gum 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.
Our practice also recognizes that adults and children 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 from us.
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!
- An ideal bite is a healthy bite – teeth that fit together properly experience less wear and tear. A proper bite makes a person less susceptible to migraine headaches, joint and jaw pain. Drs. Carroll and Sutton utilize the latest in computerized bite analysis with a T-Scan III to ensure an optimal bite.
- 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 office to schedule a complementary consultation. 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.