Orthodontics has come a long way over the years which is why more adults are now undergoing treatment for oral difficulties they’ve had since childhood. Although there are many differences between orthodontic treatments between that of children, teens, and adults, it shouldn’t keep you from gaining the smile you have always dreamed of. These are a few of the main differences between kids and adult orthodontics.
Age-related differences: Adult patients will have certain conditions, known as biomechanical limitations, which make tooth realignment in adults a more involved process than it is for younger patients, such as:
- Insufficient bone between the roots to support adequate blood supply
- Gingivitis infections
- Bone loss
- Harder bone with is no longer growing
- Aging tissue which can cause a prolonged adjustment to the new position of teeth.
Concerns about bite correction: If you are considering orthodontic treatment to correct an improper bite, known as a malocclusion, this is one of the most common reasons we see patients. However, in adults who have a deep malocclusion, oftentimes there just isn’t enough room in their mouth to move the teeth back into position without extracting one or more teeth. It is also often found that adult patients will have worn some of their teeth down, making the overbite even worse. For these cases, treatment is often more focused on creating a more functional bite.
Issues from previous extraction: For adults who have previously had teeth extracted without restorative efforts made can present a problem for the orthodontist to find a suitable location for the remaining teeth to move into and close up the gap(s). Some patients may require restorative treatment first, adding prosthetic bone to the extraction area. Since adult bone isn’t as accommodating as that of teens and children, it can often be challenging to move the teeth, and keep them in their new proper alignment.
Knowing all of this, there should be no reason to continue to put off treatment. If you are looking for adult orthodontic treatment, give us a call today at 512-337-2325 to schedule your SmileOn consultation and find out which treatment method is right for you.