Adult Orthodontics

Today, one in four orthodontic patients is an adult.

Leaving misaligned teeth untreated may lead to other dental problems such as tooth decay, gum disease and difficulty chewing. Orthodontic treatment creates a better bite, making teeth fit better and decreasing the risk of future dental problems regardless of age.

Advances in orthodontics have also made treatment more comfortable and less noticeable than ever for individuals of all ages. Many of today’s treatment options are designed to minimize the appearance of the appliance to better fit any lifestyle.

The when and why of adult orthodontics

  • Anterior Crossbite
  • Spacing
  • Crowding
  • Open Bite
  • Protrusion
  • Impacted or Missing Teeth
  • Periodontal Problems
  • Tooth Wear
  • Deep Bite

Prevent Problems

Prevents future dental problems such as tooth decay, gum disease and difficulty chewing.

Restore Missing Teeth

Improves ability of the dentist to restore missing teeth.

Improve Teeth Function

Improves functions of teeth by properly aligning teeth and jaws.

Prevent Bone loss

Can help prevent or reduce future bone loss around teeth.

Better Smile

Improves aesthetics for a better smile and facial appearance.

Oral Health

Improves oral health.

Treatment Process for Adults

Whether you’re 8 or 80, it’s the same physiological process that moves the teeth through the bone.  While adults do have denser bone tissue than children, treatment may take a little longer, but age does not keep teeth from moving. The process can be as simple as 1) consulting your local AAO orthodontist, 2) attending scheduled orthodontic visits during treatment and 3) admiring your beautiful, healthy smile.

While orthodontic treatment can be as successful for adults as it is for children, adults can have complicated cases. They may have fillings, missing teeth, misshapen or worn teeth, or other dental disease. Depending on the circumstances, your orthodontist may work with your primary care dentist and other dental specialists, as necessary, to help you achieve optimal dental health.

To move your teeth to their ideal positions, your orthodontist may use an appliance, braces or aligners, to deliver controlled forces that gently and predictably reposition teeth. Just as each smile is unique, so is the treatment option. Not every type of appliance is suitable for correction of every kind of orthodontic problem and your AAO orthodontist is qualified in ensuring you are receiving the proper treatment.