Adult Braces

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Adult Braces
Posted on 08/21/2015
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Healthy teeth can be moved at any age and that’s why we’re seeing more and more adults are making the decision to undergo orthodontic treatment these days. Having braces isn’t what it was 30 years ago. Today, there are a variety of treatment options, including ones that are barely noticeable.

While more patients in their 30’s, 40’s, 50’s and above are straightening their smile, orthodontic treatment in adults is very different than it is in children. For one thing, the growth and development of the jaws is complete in adults, so changes in actual jaw structure can't be accomplished with orthodontic appliances in the way they can with a growing child.

Secondly, periodontal (gum) disease is more prevalent in adults than in children. While you are wearing the orthodontic appliances, gentle forces will be applied to your teeth so they can move through their surrounding bone.

This is why it’s crucial to visit an orthodontist when considering braces or orthodontic treatment options such as Invisalign. An orthodontist can spot multiple issues such as cysts, periodontal disease, root abnormalities, cavities, etc., that can only be seen with diagnostic tests, x-rays and an in-person examination. This allows the orthodontist to select the best treatment option for your needs, whether it be traditional metal braces, Invisalign treatment or lingual braces. Visit http://www.drfravel.com/treatment-options/adult-treatment to learn more about adult orthodontic treatment options.