Orthodontics for Adults
There is no age barrier to having orthodontic treatment to improve aspects of one’s smile.
Many adults are now choosing to have orthodontic treatment which can dramatically improve your personal appearance and self-esteem. Improving the health of your teeth and gums is equally important.
Crooked teeth and a bad “bite” can contribute to gum and bone loss, tooth decay, abnormal wear of the tooth enamel and surfaces and in some cases headaches and jaw joint (TMJ/TMD) pain.
If you’ve decided that straightening your teeth is the right choice for you, there are several alternatives you can discuss with your dentist.
How is adult orthodontics different?
The approach to adult orthodontic treatment is similar to adolescent treatment, but there are some important differences:
- Adult faces have reached their final size and shape. Growth patterns in children can be altered with functional appliances. These devices are not very effective for adults, but there are workable treatment options.
- Adult bones are no longer growing and it may take a little longer to move teeth into their correct position.
- Adults may have worn or heavily filled teeth or even some missing teeth. There may be tooth or gum problems that require treatment by your dentist or another specialist prior to starting orthodontic work. Other times some new restorations may be needed after orthodontic treatment.
- Adult teeth have a greater tendency to return toward their original position, therefore the post-treatment retention period is longer.
Is it for looks only?
Besides providing you with a better smile, orthodontic treatment can also improve your health. Here are some of the health risks that can occur when you have an orthodontic problem:
- If it is more difficult to keep teeth and gums clean when the teeth are crooked and crowded. This can increase the risk of tooth decay and gum disease and may lead to eventual tooth loss.
- If chewing is difficult, you may be less likely to eat nutritious foods. For example, you may omit high-fibre foods from your diet. Also, food that is not properly chewed is not easily digested.
- A poor bite can cause extra stress on the chewing muscles. This may cause pain or problems with the jaw joints.
- Protruding teeth are more easily chipped or fractured.
- Bad bites can also result in abnormal or excessive wear of tooth surfaces.
It’s never too late!
Whether you are six or sixty, appearance and health is an important part of your life. Your smile, in particular, affects your looks and helps communicate your thoughts and emotions. Don’t be hindered by crooked teeth or a poor bite. Orthodontic treatment can improve your smile, health and self-confidence. You will look and feel better.
I you wish to see an orthodontist in Balwyn please contact Tower Dental today.