A large percentage of our patients are adults. About half have functional problems—a bad bite (malocclusion), trouble chewing food, or pain from TMJ, to name just a few. Other seek orthodontic treatment for aesthetic reasons—it’s finally time to get that perfect smile they’ve always dreamed about.
Fact is, healthy teeth can be moved at any age, so there’s no such thing as being too old for braces. However, orthodontic treatment for adults is different in two important respects: For one thing, the growth and development of the jaws is complete in adults, so changes in actual jaw structure can’t be accomplished with orthodontic appliances in the way they can with a growing child.
Secondly, periodontal (gum) disease is more prevalent in adults than in children, and any unhealthy gum tissues and resulting bone loss must be addressed. Helping our patients make informed, healthy choices often requires a holistic approach that incorporates all aspects of the dental profession. Simply” repairing” teeth is rarely the answer, and pre-restorative orthodontics makes dentistry easier and assures more stable, long-term results.
As the old saying goes, you’re only as young as your feel! Contact us to schedule a free evaluation. In addition to a clinical exam and a discussion of treatment options, we offer full orthodontic records (x-rays, models, photos) to provide the most thorough diagnosis and treatment plan…in one visit!