Dr. Ali Kanani, a Vancouver area orthodontist specializing in braces for children and adults, explains why more adults are choosing to have orthodontic treatment. (http://www.vancouverorthodontics.com/)
Adults are more likely to need orthodontic treatment to treat dental health concerns.
"A beautiful smile not only helps self-confidence, but can also help other issues," says Dr. Kanani, whose Langley office specializes in Invisalign. "Adults, especially those in the professional world, might be self-conscious about crooked teeth, but many might not realize those crooked teeth might also be contributing to a host of other factors."
Malocclusions can lead to gum disease, tooth wear, tooth loss, chewing problems and TMJ disorder. As you age, those crooked teeth can compound into serious issues that will have you in your dentist's chair on a frequent basis.
More options than ever before
Often, adults put off orthodontic treatment because they are afraid the treatment will be unsightly. But that's no longer the case. Braces and the orthodontists who use them are becoming more sophisticated. (http://www.invisibleorthodontics.ca/
More aesthetically pleasing options include:
• Invisalign- Invisalign uses a series of clear and removable aligners to move teeth to their desired position. The aligners are invisible, so you can smile proudly throughout treatment, and they're removable, so you can eat what you want and still properly clean teeth during treatment.
• Lingual braces – Lingual braces are placed along the tongue side of teeth, so no one will know you're even wearing them. Lingual braces are a great option for adults, especially those musicians playing wind instruments and athletes playing contact sports.
• Ceramic braces – ceramic braces are similar to the color of your teeth, so they will blend in better than traditional metal braces.
• In-Ovation system braces – In-Ovation braces do not use elastic or metal ties, so they have a lower profile than standard braces, and they have less discomfort and generally result in faster treatment times.
Things to consider
Currently, one in every five orthodontic patients is an adult. While the numbers of adult patients are increasing every day, sometimes adults encounter additional problems that their younger counterparts do not. The process and mechanics of moving teeth are the same no matter the age, but additional work may have to be done for adults to achieve the best results.
Because adult jaws are no longer growing, jaw surgery can sometimes be required. Additionally, adults may require periodontal treatment before, during or after treatment due to breakdown or loss of teeth or bone that support the teeth. Bone loss can also affect the amount of tooth movement.
No matter what prior issues an adult patient may have, the right orthodontist will be able to work with the patient to achieve maximum results and a gorgeous smile. If you've been living with a less than perfect smile, and have suffered other dental woes because of it, now is the time to get the smile you've always dreamed of.
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