About one in four patients undergoing orthodontic treatment are adults. Orthodontic issues, such as misaligned teeth, can result in other dental problems like tooth decay, gum disease, excessive toothwear and difficulty chewing. Adult orthodontic treatment can improve your bite and in turn minimise the risk of developing these dental problems.
Many people believe that orthodontics is only for teens and children however the teeth continue shifting even in adulthood, causing a misaligned bite and crooked teeth. You can undergo orthodontic procedures at any age to improve your smile, whether for health or cosmetic reasons.
Orthodontic treatment is a good option for most adults. Like children and teens, adults benefit from the self-assurance of a confident smile, as well as the improved oral health benefits.
Advancements in adult orthodontics have made treatment less noticeable and more comfortable. Most treatments are designed to reduce the appliance’s appearance to fit into your lifestyle.
The primary difference between children/teens and adult orthodontics is that children are still growing and this growth within the jaw can be modified, additionally childrens bone is less mature and therefore tooth movements are easier and quicker in children. Adult treatment may therefore take slightly longer than treatments for children and teens with the same problem due to adult bone density and maturity.
Certain medications and habits, like grinding or clenching teeth, tongue thrusting, and smoking, can affect the result of the treatment.
Orthodontists always work with the patient’s family dentist during care as well as with other dental specialists, such as endodontists, periodontists and oral surgeons, to achieve the optimal outcome.
Consulting an orthodontist will help you know if you need treatment. Orthodontists are highly trained specialist dental professionals who focus of diagnosing, preventing and treating issues related to the alignment and positioning of teeth and jaws. They have vast experience in adult orthodontics with the aim of creating a healthy and beautiful smile.
If you have orthodontic issues and want to undergo an adult orthodontic procedure, visit Kingston Orthodontics or call us on 0203 002 2501 to consult one of our orthodontists.
The cost of orthodontic treatment depends on different factors, including the severity of the problem, the duration of the treatment and the type of appliance required.
You do not need insurance for orthodontic treatment however some insurers do assist with the cost of orthodontics.
Age isn’t a limiting factor for orthodontic treatment, your general and dental health are the main factors that the orthodontist will discuss with you at your consultation before formulating your orthodontic treatment plan.
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