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
- Open Bite
- Impacted or Missing Teeth
- Periodontal Problems
- Tooth Wear
- Deep Bite
Treatment Process for Adults
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.