Orthodontics is not just for children and teens. In fact, 1 in every 5 patients in orthodontic treatment is an adult. No one is too old for orthodontic treatment.
Adults seek orthodontic treatment for many of the same reasons as children. Some adults had orthodontic problems as children but were unable to correct them until now. Others had treatment as children and seek treatment as adults due to relapse or limitations in initial treatment.
Benefits of Orthodontic Treatment
Adults can benefit from orthodontic treatment in many ways:
- Align the teeth to create a more aesthetic and beautiful smile
- Correct relapse after previous orthodontic treatment due to lost or poorly fitting retainers
- Improve the ability to brush and floss, especially for crowded or overlapping lower front teeth
- Create a better or more comfortable bite
- Prepare spaces to replace missing teeth
- Close excessive or unsightly space between teeth
- Reduce excessive wear on the teeth due to grinding or poor bite
- Jaw surgery to correct discrepancy between the upper and lower jaws
Appearance of Braces
Many adults are concerned with the appearance of braces. Often, Invisalign® (The invisible alternative to braces) can be used to treat adults. This technology involves clear removable aligners, fabricated through advanced 3D imaging to align the teeth. For more severe problems, we have the option of clear ceramic brackets instead of metal.
Soreness | Discomfort
Orthodontic wire technology has advanced to the point where treatment is no longer uncomfortable for adults or children. Adults undergoing orthodontic treatment report a minimal amount of discomfort, mostly because they are unaccustomed to the rapid changes occurring during tooth movement. One thing we have noticed over the years is that adults are more willing to tell us about the soreness than kids…
Typically, the teeth are most uncomfortable a day or two after an orthodontic adjustment and will return to normal within 3 to 5 days. Modern appliances are smaller and more comfortable to wear. Titanium wires put less pressure on teeth and movement occurs rapidly. Because of the increased efficiency of the wires, we can see patients at 8-10 week intervals instead of every month. Treatment on average is completed in 15-18 months.
Cost of Treatment
The fee for adult orthodontic treatment is determined the same way as child or adolescent. It is based on the severity of the problem, the complexity of the correction, the appliances used and the length of time to correct.
Dr. Hage has treated individuals in their 50’s, 60’s and even their 70’s. It is never too late to get the smile you have always wanted.