5 Ways Adult Orthodontics Differ From Kids’ Orthodontics
People used to associate braces and other orthodontic appliances with kids but not anymore. Today, many adults have no problem seeking treatment for various oral difficulties.
Learning about the differences between orthodontic appliances for adults and children can help you know what to expect. Here are some of the primary differences between them:
Adult patients usually have age-linked oral health conditions that include insufficient bone between the roots, marginal bone loss, and gingivitis infections. Their bones are also harder. Such concerns make cosmetic dentistry for adults a more involved process than cosmetic dentistry for younger patients.
Tooth Removal Issues
Most adults seeking orthodontic treatment have undergone teeth extraction in the past. Unfortunately, old teeth removal sites may be unsuitable locations for teeth to move into and may require prosthetic bone restorations. And since adult bone is not growing anymore, it does not respond well to pressure, and this makes closing gaps between teeth difficult.
Bite Correction Concerns
Adults have perio-restorative issues such as lack of enough space in the mouth and worn out teeth. Such concerns make orthodontic treatment for an improper bite in adults more involving than treating malocclusion in younger patients.
Adult patients are more prone to root resorption and temporomandibular disorder than kids. Root resorption leaves the affected tooth without anchorage and likely to fall out.
Adults interested in orthodontic treatment have higher treatment expectations and are more concerned with appearance than younger patients. They want fast results and don’t want discomfort or inconvenience. They also want to be involved in the decision-making process.
Adults seeking orthodontic treatment now make up to 50% of orthodontic patients. If you need some corrective treatment, appreciate how your age may affect your treatment.