Healthy teeth can be straightened at any age, so there's no such thing as being too old for braces. In fact, these days we are seeing more and more adult patients because advances in technology have made orthodontic devices increasingly less noticeable. The discretion these innovations provide paired with the understanding that investing in a smile makeover can have significant benefits, socially and professionally, have caused many adults to opt towards orthodontic treatment with My Orthodontist.
Some Things to Note
While orthodontic treatment such as braces can be just as beneficial and practical to adults as it is to younger audiences, adult orthodontic treatment is different in two key aspects. For one, the growth and development of the jaws is complete in adults. So, unlike with children, changes in actual jaw structure can't be accomplished with braces or other similar orthodontic appliances. Second, periodontal (gum) disease is more prevalent in adults than in children, which results in its own set of consequences.
While wearing orthodontic appliances, gentle force is applied to your teeth so they can move through their surrounding bone. Periodontal health plays a key role in this. If the gum tissues are not healthy during orthodontic treatment, bone loss can result and weaken the long-term prognosis of your teeth.
Therefore, any traces of gum disease must be brought under control before orthodontic treatment begins. And to maintain your periodontal health along the way, you will need to exercise good oral hygiene at home and come in for regular cleanings at one of My Orthodontist’s six office locations (Lawrenceville, Cherry Hill, West New York, East Orange, and Deptford, NJ or Langhorne, PA).
Types of Orthodontic Appliances
All orthodontic appliances work essentially in the same way: by employing a light, constant force that moves teeth into proper alignment. But how your orthodontist applies these forces varies, as each patient is unique and the numerous innovations in orthodontic technology provide you with many possibilities. Many of the newer, types of braces and orthodontic appliances (as described below) have been designed to blend more easily into an adult's personal and professional lifestyle
Traditional Metal Braces — These braces are probably what most people think of when they picture someone undergoing orthodontic treatment. And, while they are the most conventional form of orthodontic treatment, over the years metal braces have continued to improve in terms of design and comfort.
As a general overview, these braces are made up of small metal brackets that are bonded to the front of the teeth. A thin wire runs through these brackets and attaches on either end to metal bands that go around your back molars.
Clear Braces — Instead of more noticeable metal braces, My Orthodontist is now also providing clear braces that are made from ceramic, plastic, or a combination of both. As the name implies, clear braces are hardly visible, except for the thin wire running through them. They are, however, more susceptible to breakage than metal braces.
Clear Aligners — As an alternative to the fixed type of orthodontic appliances mentioned above, clear aligners (unlike braces) are removable. This form of orthodontic treatment consists of a series of clear plastic “trays” that fit over your teeth exactly. Each tray is part of a series of trays that moves your teeth a little bit at a time until they are in the proper position. Your trays are designed with the help of specialized computer software that generates a virtual model of your bite, and they are made to be practically unnoticeable when inside your mouth.
Wearing a retainer after orthodontic treatment is crucial, no matter which type of braces or other orthodontic appliance you choose and what age you happen to be. Post your orthodontic treatment teeth need to be held in place for a while so that new supporting bone can develop around them. If they are not held in place by a retainer long enough, they can drift back to their original positions, and that's certainly not something we — or you — want to see happen.
Getting Started Today
Straightening teeth can be an important part of a person’s confidence and oral health. So, contact My Orthodontist today and schedule your appointment with one of our skilled doctors. From consultation to instruction about retainers after your orthodontic treatment we will be there for you and your smile every step of the way!
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