Adults seek orthodontic treatment for many of the same reasons as children. Some adults had orthodontic problems as children, but were unable to address them until now. Others who had treatment at a younger age may need further treatment as adults due to relapse or limitations in initial treatment.
Benefits of Adult Orthodontics
Adults can benefit from orthodontic treatment in many ways, including:
- Align the teeth to create a more aesthetic and beautiful smile
- Correct relapse after previous orthodontic treatment due to lack of long term retainer wear
- Improve the ability to brush and floss, especially for crowded or overlapping lower front teeth
- Create a better or more comfortable bite and ability to chew
- Address missing teeth
- Close spaces between the teeth
- Reduce excessive wear on the teeth due to grinding or poor bite
- Jaw surgery to correct discrepancy between the upper and lower jaws
Appearance of Braces
Many adults are concerned with the appearance of braces. Often, Invisalign® (the invisible alternative to traditional braces) can be used to treat adults. This technology involves clear removable aligners, fabricated through advanced 3D imaging to align the teeth. If Invisalign® is not recommended as the best option for treatment, we have alternative aesthetic options including clear ceramic braces and lingual braces.
Soreness | Discomfort
Orthodontic treatment is no more uncomfortable for adults than children. Adults undergoing orthodontic treatment report the same level of soreness as children.
Typically, the teeth are most tender 24-72 hours after an orthodontic adjustment and discomfort will dissipate within 3 to 5 days. Modern appliances are smaller and more comfortable to wear. Modern techniques with new titanium technology put less pressure on the teeth, while moving the teeth more rapidly and efficiently. These advances also decrease the time required between adjustments to every 6 – 10 weeks.
The fee for adult orthodontic treatment is determined the same way as treatment for a child or adolescent treatment is determined. It is based on the severity of the problem, the complexity of the correction, the appliances used and the length of time to correct.