Orthodontics for Adults

Orthodontics for Adults

Why not invest in yourself and enjoy a beautiful smile for years to come?

Orthodontics is possible at any age. Today, more than 25% of orthodontic patients are adults. New appliances such as aesthetic and less bulky braces, transparent aligners (Invisalign® or ClearCorrect®, as well as the new generation of lingual braces (iBraces®), make treatment more accessible than ever. Orthodontic corrections in adulthood can have a very significant effect on your appearance and your self-esteem, not to mention improving your dental health and function.

  • Many orthodontic problems can be as easily treated in adults than in younger patients.
  • Additional risks may be associated with treatments in adults but in most cases, excellent results can be achieved.
  • Because adults have completed their growth, a jaw surgery may be indicated if significant imbalance between jaws is impairing the relationship between upper and lower teeth.
  • In some cases, limited or “compromise” treatments, aiming only to correct certain aspects of a malocclusion, may be considered and allow a significant improvement in function and aesthetics.
  • “At my age, is it really worth it? These days, adults can expect to keep their teeth for life. The era where people expected to “lose their teeth when they would get old” is over. Advances in modern dentistry and accessibility to quality dental care allow practically anyone to have functional and aesthetic teeth throughout their lives. Often, orthodontics is one of the ways to achieve this goal.
  • The possibility to receive orthodontic care for adults depends more on their dental and overall health than their age.

The difference: adults vs teens

If the gums, teeth, and bone supporting the teeth are healthy, the orthodontic tooth movement is almost identical in adults and young patients. There are, however, some differences between certain adult patients and younger patients:

  • A fundamental difference between adults and children or teenagers is the lack of jaw growth in adults. For that reason, a skeletal imbalance between the jaws may require surgery in adults.
  • In younger patients, the growth potential can be used to correct a skeletal imbalance: for example, in cases of protrusive or retrusive jaws (see the malocclusion section for examples).

Special considerations

  • Adults have more problems affecting the bone and gums around the teeth (periodontal disease) than the adolescent population.
  • Sometimes, they’ve had root canal treatments in the past, restored, missing or broken teeth, dental implants or other forms of dentures (crowns, bridges, partial), which can influence the tooth movement that can be achieved and the choice of orthodontic appliances.
  • The treatment of such cases is still possible but requires a specific approach and a particular treatment plan.
  • Adults frequently have missing teeth. Their teeth are more worn out and sometimes damaged, tilted or displaced. Adults also present more jawbone or gum problems, etc.
  • These conditions can result in more complex treatments and it is often necessary to work in collaboration with the dentist and other dental specialists to put together an appropriate treatment plan.

Damon® technique

The Damon® technique and protocol we use are well suited to orthodontic treatment for adults. The advantages over conventional approaches are:

  • Very light forces;
  • Ease of maintenance and cleaning;
  • Less discomfort;
  • Shorter treatment duration.

The use of the new mini-implants also opens new horizons in adult treatments by allowing us to offer solutions that were barely possible only a few years ago.

So, if your dental and overall health is good, you should be a good candidate for an orthodontic treatment. A consultation with a certified orthodontist would confirm it quickly.

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