For Adults

Orthodontic Treatment for Adults

Orthodontic treatment is no longer just for teens. In fact, the American Association of Orthodontists states that one in four orthodontic patients is over the age of 21.

Let’s face it, we live in a society that values a wonderful smile and rewards people who share those values and concerns. Looking better and feeling healthier is simply good for everyone!

Dentists are referring more adults prior to providing restorative care (crowns, bridges, and implants) which requires that the remaining teeth all be in their best position and fit before those treatments.

Additionally, adults who have significant dental problems are at risk for earlier and unnecessary dental destruction, not to mention poorer systemic health. So taking care of your teeth and correcting malocclusions improves the liklihood that your natural teeth will last longer and be healthier.

Common reasons why adults are considering orthodontic treatment

  • A bad bite or malocclusion that causes teeth to fit together incorrectly
  • Teeth are crowded or spaced apart, possibly leading to tooth decay or gum disease
  • Abnormal jaw pain or pressure that is caused by crooked teeth or an improper bite
  • Desire for a great smile, healthier mouth and improved self-confidence

Treatment Options for Adults

For many adults, the thought of having braces is enough to discourage them from seeking treatment. However, today’s orthodontic treatment options offer a variety of braces and appliances that are comfortable, more aesthetic, and customized to meet your needs. Types of orthodontic applicances include:

  • Clear braces
  • Self-ligating braces
  • Lingual (behind the tooth) braces
  • Clear aligner trays
  • Traditional metal braces

Ask Dr. Baughman what he recommends for you!

The difference between adult orthodontics and orthodontics for children and teens

The main difference between treating adults and children or teens is that the jawbones of younger patients are still developing. For adults with severe jaw discrepancies, orthognathic surgery may be required to correct the bite and create more favorable facial contours. 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, which creates a bad bite and increases 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 different levels of attention and care. We will work with you to ensure you receive the most appropriate treatments, and 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!
  • Mouths left untreated can get worse — Not receiving orthodontic treatment when it’s needed can create long-term health issues and increase overall dental costs.

To learn more about the benefits of adult orthodontics, please contact our practice to schedule an appointment. We understand you have a busy schedule, and we will work with you to make sure each office visit is as convenient as possible.