Braces for Adults
Adults may present with misalignment of their teeth, caused by a phenomenon called adult onset crowding. This can be corrected with orthodontic treatment
Dental Complications and the Need for Braces
Aesthetic improvement is just one of many reasons why treatment is beneficial for quality of life. If teeth are crowded or overlapping, it becomes difficult to clean them and easier for bacteria to develop. Irregularities in the way the bite fits together (also known as malocclusion) can greatly influence functional movements involved in chewing and swallowing. Severe malocclusions can also make it harder to pronounce certain words and may strain your chewing muscles, resulting in facial pain or discomfort.
Differences in Orthodontic Treatment for Teens and Adults
According to the American Association of Orthodontists, 1 in 5 orthodontic patients are over 18, and the number of adults seeking orthodontic treatment is increasing exponentially.
If you are an adult seeking orthodontic treatment to address cosmetic concerns, there are a few things to note. If you have experienced gum disease or bone loss, we make sure that these conditions will not complicate your planned treatment by obtaining clearance from your general dentist. Also, adults have already achieved skeletal maturity, making certain structural goals only achievable with orthognathic surgery. The average length of treatment is two years, but this varies from person to person.
Different Types of Braces
Technological advancements have revolutionized the field of orthodontics. Braces today are more comfortable than ever before. They're smaller, less obtrusive and there are many more options to choose from.
Stainless Steel Braces
Stainless steel brackets are still commonly used for braces because they are economical and effective.
Ceramic braces are translucent, so as to mimic the surface of the tooth, making them hardly noticeable. This is our most common braces option.
A lingual system involves brackets and wires that are attached to the inside of your teeth, rendering them completely hidden.
For more information, please contact our office: 215-800-0015.