In the last twenty years there has been a sharp increase in the number of adults seeking orthodontic treatment. This trend has no doubt been fueled by the advent of more discrete appliances, including ceramic brackets and invisible aligners. Adults suffer from malocclusion (bad bite) at the same rate as children and adolescents, either from never having had orthodontic treatment, shifting due to not wearing retainers, or other factors such as loss of teeth or other dental work. It is no wonder that adults are taking advantage of new opportunities to correct these issues without having to wear metal brackets. A confident, beautiful smile can lead to increased career success and an enhanced social life.
The most important factor to consider when beginning orthodontic treatment as an adult is the overall health of your teeth. It is vital to have healthy gums and teeth in order to achieve a successful outcome. When gums are diseased or tooth density is compromised, orthodontic treatment can aggravate oral health, rather than improve it. An evaluation of your oral health will be an important consideration in determining an orthodontic treatment plan.
The next factor to consider is the nature of the malocclusion. When children have issues with their jaws and teeth, an orthodontist can take advantage of the naturally occurring forces that are part of growth and development to guide facial structures into place. Because adult jaws and teeth have stopped growing, malocclusions due to skeletal positioning may require more aggressive methods to correct. An adult orthodontic treatment plan may include orthognathic surgery, or may be part of a larger comprehensive plan under the mutual direction of an orthodontist, dentist, or other dental specialist.
Most adults seeking orthodontic treatment, however, simply want to correct crowding and spacing for cosmetic reasons and have no underlying jaw discrepancies. The good news is that healthy teeth can be moved at any age. Adults and more frequently seeking to correct and improve their smiles and achieving great results. If you are considering orthodontic treatment, we would love to meet you to discuss your options. Call (303) 430-4200 for to schedule a complimentary consultation.