Orthodontics for Adults
When most people think about orthodontic treatment, they tend to think of adolescents wearing metal braces. While young teens make up a majority of orthodontic patients, they are not the only ones. Orthodontics can also benefit older teens and adults. If crooked teeth are affecting your smile, and your oral health, First Impressions Orthodontics for Children & Adults can provide you with the orthodontic treatment you need.
Why Should an Adult Undergo Orthodontic Treatment?
Crooked teeth do not only affect young adolescents. They can affect adults as well. Crooked teeth have a significant impact on the quality of your smile. They also significantly affect your oral health, leaving you more vulnerable to issues such as cavities, gum disease, and tooth damage. Your bite pressures are unevenly distributed, which can result in uneven tooth wear, bruxism, TMJ disorder, and even neck, shoulder, and back pain.
There are many reasons why an adult may choose to undergo orthodontic treatment. One reason is that they could not afford treatment when they were younger. They may have finally decided to correct the alignment of their teeth. Some adults may have undergone treatment when they were younger, but they have since experienced relapse. As a result, their teeth have begun to shift back out of alignment again.
Is Orthodontics Different for Adults?
In general, orthodontic treatment for adults is the same as treatment for younger patients. There are a few differences, however. As an adult, your jaws are done growing and developing. They are much more rigid than the jaws of an adolescent. Because of this, it can take longer to move the teeth into proper alignment. Because of this, treatment for adults typically takes longer than treatment for younger patients. On average, orthodontic treatment for adults ranges from 18 months to 3 years.
Treatment Options for Adults
There are several options available for adults when it comes to orthodontic treatment. These options include:
Just because you are older, this does not mean that you have to be stuck with crooked teeth for the rest of your life. For more information, and to find out how orthodontics can benefit you, call First Impressions Orthodontics for Children & Adults today at (203) 307-0996 to schedule your consultation.