Why does orthodontic treatment matter for adults?

Whether you aim to enhance the appearance of your smile or address underlying problems with your bite and jaw alignment, adult orthodontic treatment can give you a smile that looks and feels beautiful.


Kids and teenagers frequently wear braces to straighten their permanent teeth. But with time, teeth can move back into their original positions, leading to crooked teeth. This also occurs if you don't wear a retainer every day. Many people with severe bites and crooked teeth that get worse with age seek adult orthodontics treatment because of these challenges.


Braces or aligners are beneficial for adults of all ages. After receiving dental veneers, dental implants, or dental crowns, adults may also seek orthodontic treatment.


You may gain from adult orthodontic treatment if you are dealing with any of the following misalignment issues:


  • Crowded teeth
  • Crooked teeth
  • Teeth that are misaligned or spaced apart
  • An overbite, and an underbite
  • A jaw or facial irregularities


How does orthodontic treatment differ for adults?


In much the same way as it is with children and teenagers receiving orthodontic treatment, adult patients' teeth and jaws migrate into the ideal position in response to the gradual, moderate pressure applied to them by their orthodontic devices. However, treatment can take a little longer than it does for younger patients with less dense bones since the teeth and jaw bones in adults are no longer developing.


Furthermore, the length and success of adult orthodontic treatment may also be affected by habits like smoking, tongue thrust, and teeth clenching or grinding. Your orthodontist might need to collaborate with your dentist in extreme circumstances or hire a specialist to get the desired results.


Adult orthodontics offers fewer treatment options than childhood orthodontics, which is the fundamental difference between adult and childhood orthodontics. You could use different devices if necessary when you acquire braces as a youngster or a teen; you could use other devices if required.


Are adult orthodontics worth it?


Through orthodontic treatment using braces or Invisalign clear aligners, you can improve your smile, boosting your psychological and physical health and quality of life. Moreover, in relationships, social situations, business, and your job, a healthy, straight smile boosts confidence and self-esteem. However, those who are self-conscious about their crowded or crooked teeth don't smile as much as those who have beautiful teeth.


Malocclusions, or poor bites, can cause unusual jaw pressure and pain. If left untreated, it can result in gum disease, tooth decay, trouble chewing, and irregular enamel erosion. TMJ pain, headaches, and migraines are other potential symptoms. By removing the pressure that causes the pain, adult orthodontic treatment resolves these issues.


Orthodontic treatment straight your teeth and jaw in the appropriate alignment. Moreover, it improves your general health and well-being. According to research, orthodontic treatment may also benefit those who suffer from sleep apnea and can talk and chew more clearly.


An investment in orthodontic treatment is an investment in your life-long health that significantly lowers your dental and medical expenses. You'll achieve a healthier, more comfortable bite. Furthermore, you will stay pain-free for the rest of your life with a self-assured smile.


Will braces change my facial appearance?


Although you may notice a more balanced appearance following correction, braces for adults often have less impact on face structure than for teens who are still growing. The magnitude of change increases with the severity of the underlying imbalance. You will, however, still appear to be yourself.




Scheduling your treatment with a highly experienced orthodontist is crucial. Your orthodontist's professional knowledge, accuracy, and care will guarantee you receive the functional and cosmetic results you deserve.


Contact your Danville dentist, Dr. Hoss Abar, DDS, MSD at Danville Orthodontics, to know why orthodontic treatment matters for adults.




Orthodontic Treatment Options For Adults


This media/content or any other on this website does not prescribe, recommend, or prevent any treatment or procedure. Therefore, we highly recommend that you get the advice of a qualified dentist or other medical practitioners regarding your specific dental condition.

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