Is it usual that adults undergo orthodontic treatment?
Traditionally orthodontics has been associated with children or teenagers however are becoming adults undergoing orthodontic treatment to correct the bad position of your teeth.
Adult orthodontics can get to the tooth masticatory function better and more attractive; it also reduces the chances of developing periodontal disease to allow better oral hygiene. Some studies also highlight the psychological benefits such as increased self-esteem.
New techniques allow adults to correct the malposition of teeth with less bulky and virtually imperceptible to the eye aligners.
Is it really effective orthodontic treatment in adults?
While it is true that the best results are obtained in young patients when the tissues that support the teeth are under development, currently orthodontics is indicated at any age if we have any of the following conditions:
- Crowding of teeth
- Excess space between teeth
- Erupted impacted teeth or poorly
- Abnormal development of the jaw
- Overbite: teeth intersect too
- Protrusion or retrusion: is developed upper incisors
- Open bite: chewing molars close but no front teeth
- Problems related to the functioning of the temporomandibular joint (TMJ)
What factors can hinder treatment adult orthodontics?
- Periodontal disease : to be treated before undergoing orthodontic treatment
- Caries : to be treated before, once placed orthodontics will be much more complicated any treatment on a decayed tooth
- Abnormal development of the jaw: the jaw at adults are fully developed so that the treatment will be more complicated than they are in the growth phase.
- Worn or fractured teeth: a restoration of the tooth will be required before beginning orthodontic treatment.
- Lack of commitment to treatment: some patients may be reluctant to undergo long-term treatment involving orthodontics take long.
Benefits of orthodontic treatment
- Improve masticatory function of the mouth
- Avoid malocclusions
- Prevent caries and periodontal diseases
- Provide oral hygiene by eliminating inaccessible nooks
- Improving personal relationships and self-esteem
- Avoid tooth wear and temporomandibular joint imbalances by mouth
- Avoid weak areas or increased risk of injury
- Improve the aesthetics of our face, wear a nice smile